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The walls of the vast room which were streaming with calid moisture, were built with gray slabs of stone and were the personal concern of a company of eighteen men known as the 'Grey Scrubbers'.... On every day of the year from three hours before daybreak until about eleven o'clock, when the scaffolding and ladders became a hindrance to the cooks, the Grey Scrubbers fulfilled their hereditary calling.Peake has been compared to Dickens, Tolkien, and Peacock, but Titus Groan is truly unique. Unforgettable characters with names like Steerpike and Prunesquallor make their way through an architecturally stifling world, with lots of dark corners around to dampen any whimsy that might arise. This true classic is a feast of words unlike anything else in the world of fantasy. Those who explore Gormenghast castle will be richly rewarded. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'm giving it a five for the uniqueness of the characters, the vividness of the prose, and the poetry of the language.
Many novels introduce us to one or two memorable characters and detail their interaction - the tensions and the bonding.
It makes for slow going, it took me a long time to finish this book when I tend to zip through most books very quickly.
This masterpiece begins with a lengthy chapter in which an old man is slowly dusting wooden carvings in a room nobody ever visits. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Gift Card Recipient
I have often wondered if it makes sense to describe a species (such as human beings) as insane. For thousands of years, we lived in a world of fantasy. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Modesty Press
This, the first book of the Gormenghast trilogy is a true masterpiece. It is fantasy only to the degree that it is set in an imaginary land, and the characters are all "larger... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Calabash
Titus Groan in unabridged print is one of the least palatable literary dog turds I've tried to bag from my backyard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Stelzner
My wife is reading it and she is hooked also ordered the next two in the series and the dvdPublished 1 month ago by Joseph M. Armato
I've been (re-)reading Mervyn Peake, Jack Vance, and Robert Silverberg, all at the same time. I was surprised by the similarity between Vance and Silverberg, but more on that in my... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Evil Overlord
Mervyn Peake's book Titus Groan starts off wonderfully bleak, then loses the wonderful bit. Abandoned due to Gloom. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Darren
This isn't something to read for plot. This is something to read fotr the beauty of the language and the absolutely brilliant snapshots of character and personality. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sri Sri Bakarananda Sri
What a shame and what a mess. I wish I still loved Titus and the cast of misfits and miscreants that floated around him, but this third book presents a character unrecognizable... Read morePublished 9 months ago by T. Ross