The Gormenghast Trilogy (2020)

The Gormenghast Trilogy Gormenghast is the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy seventh Earl Titus Groan is Lord and heir Gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets cloisters and corridors stairwells and dungeons it is
  • Title: The Gormenghast Trilogy
  • Author: Mervyn Peake
  • ISBN: 9780099288893
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gormenghast is the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir Gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of Byzantine government and age old rituals, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and muGormenghast is the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir Gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of Byzantine government and age old rituals, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder a tour de force that ranks as one of the twentieth century s most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.
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    1. I know of no author in all of the English language who is like Peake, or who could aspire to be like him His voice is as unique as that of Milton, Bierce, Conrad, Blake, Donne, or Eliot, and as fully realized I am a hard and critical man, cynical and not easily moved, but there are passages in the Gormenghast series which so shocked me by the force of their beauty that I snap the book shut, overwhelmed with wonderment, and take a moment to catch my breath.I would drop my head My eyes would searc [...]

    2. A thing of beauty, like the words it contains carefully bound, with sumptuous illustrations I m often wary of pictures in adult books, but Peake was a painter and illustrator as well as a writer, so I make an exception in this case He sketched in the margins of most of his writings, as he wrote Artistic symbiosis Two of my three favourite books, plus a third I ve learned to like, in one volume, with an excellent introduction by China Mieville, and Sebastian Peake s note about the illustrations T [...]

    3. Last read by me about a hundred years ago Would this favourite from my youthy youth stand up to mature scrutiny Short answer YES Gormenghast is still wonderful, grotesque, and than a little outrageous I remembered its many logorrheic delights and here they were, intact spilth, rabous, fumid, lapsury, abactimal, and many other fulminant obscurities were all present and correct and spooled out in sentence upon long, involved sentence But it s not just the words, it s the order he puts em in The r [...]

    4. As it happened I read this in three separate volumes I wouldn t recommend going for a one volume edition unless you have very big hands But out of convenience I ll lump them all together in a single review.Titus Groan is the first volume of Mervyn Peake s distinctive Gormenghast trilogy The first two volumes of which come across as being strongly inspired by Peake s childhood as a missionary s son in China while the third has the taste of post World War II Europe.The Earls of Groan rule Gormengh [...]

    5. WARNING The posts below are purely fictional They never happened, and were not posted by real people Any similarities to anyone, including myself, are purely your imagination Even the posts posted by real people were not posted by real people Any similarities between this thread and reality are entirely coincidental But, that scary picture of the blond guy crying Oh, that s real That s so sad, and so real.

    6. Rotting shadows and incongruous beams of light are what I remember most from this novel, if you can call it that Incarnation would likely be accurate Characters are merely spectres generated by the stones of Gormenghast Castle The fragile mind of the author had descended just far enough to see the music in the movements of the grotesque pieces we cannot bring ourselves to look upon Months after reading this, I m still not entirely sure what it is that I took away from Gormenghast The straight a [...]

    7. Lady Gertrude Groane, by Braen on DeviantArtCome, oh, come, my own my Only Through the Gormenghast of Groan.Lingering has become so lonelyAs I linger all alone p.99 Ah, Gormenghast I have only got through Titus Groan, so far, which is the first book of the trilogy Here is the blurb for that part of the trilogy, for anyone not familiar with it Titus Groan starts with the birth and ends with the first birthday celebrations of the heir to the grand, tradition bound castle of Gormenghast A grand mia [...]

    8. As of late, whenever it is cold and inhospitable outside, preferably raining or snowing, I become a wanderer of long corridors and twisted stairwells, of crumbling roofs and jutting turrets, of cobwebbed dungeons and cavernous cloisters I descend into the fathomless depths of the imagination with author Mervyn Peake One of the fathers of the modern Fantasy genre, Peake is little known outside literary circles His masterpiece, The Gormenghast Trilogy, was published around the time of Tolkien s Lo [...]

    9. One of the great hermetic works of literature A complete and total world unto itself, almost to the point of detaching from the Earth and assuming its own orbit If it were to do this it would be a strangely barren world however, a barren world of endlessly ramifying imagination, an almost airless world, a world both vast and microscopic These books, this world, induced a tremendous sense of mental claustrophobia in this reader, yet all these years later I still long to return to it.

    10. The world is divided in two parts the domain of ugliness and the realm of beauty, the morass of useless and stale traditions and the enigmatic and enticing life on the land outside And the lonely boy Titus Groan, the heir of the monstrously huge castle of Gormenghast, must grow up and fight the lethargic, deadly inertia and crush fatal cosmic evil surrounding him.And the language of the saga is a creation of an unadulterated wizardry It gave Mr Flay what he imagined must be pleasure He was disco [...]

    11. Don t compare to lord of the ringsre to Kafka, Poe, Lewis Carroll,or maybe Edward Goreya mostly drop dead funny book or books that retains a sense of unbearable grimness.

    12. I remember vividly the night that I began reading Mervyn Peake s Titus Groan first in the Gormenghast trilogy Seventeen years old and awake all night, almost every night, incapable of shutting the mind off for some peace and shut eye I remember looking down at my instant favorite in my lap not being able to believe my luck to have found such a book Escape Mervyn Peake s trilogy are not books that will ease loneliness What they did give to me were these sets of images that will not leave my mind [...]

    13. The Gormenghast trilogy is as close to perfection as literature can be It is unique, sublime, whimsical, moving, weird, surprising, otherworldly, and written in shimmering, velvety, voloptouos prose, wonderful beyond belief No amount of imagery, sumptuous, voluminous, sensuous or rapturous can even begin to describe the delights of Peake s masterpiece A true triumph of language and imagination.

    14. Titus Groan Part 1 of 3 Peake s writing in this first Gormenghast novel reminds me of E.R Eddison s in The Worm Ouroboros, both for its fecundity and for the manifest enjoyment in the English language its author feels Twenty years ago even as few as 10 I wouldn t have appreciated this book and would have stopped reading it rather quickly but today I can t help but thrill to opening passages like This tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of kn [...]

    15. There is much to say, and Peake used an awful lot of words himself.The writing is sometimes of Shakespearean quality at other times you will think of Dickens and Poe Sometimes punches are delivered with overwhelming power, other times a scene is build up so elaborately and slowly it makes you wonder if time has indeed stopped At well over 1000 pages, excluding all the extras, you are starting a long journey I made a few pit stops on my way, relaxing with some less demanding books, and I advise y [...]

    16. Someone please give me the power to finish trudging through this book Interesting idea setting, but the writing is T.E.D.I.O.U.S.I love nice descriptive writing as much as the next reader, but this is kind of ridiculous.

    17. THE GORMENGHAST NOVELS by Mervyn PeakeThe castle of Gormenghast is an immense rambling structure, made up of meandering corridors, countless courtyards, towers, libraries, attics, and underground passages there are, as well, vast regions the author leaves unexplored, and it is than likely the inhabitants have forgotten they even exist If this were not enough, there is another tremendous landscape across the rooftops Within this remarkable building the Groan family and its servitors enact meanin [...]

    18. One of the pernicious aspects of epic fantasy is medieval stasis Even as we celebrate the freedoms made possible through democracy, we revel in escapism to an inherently oppressive setting, where hereditary titles are standard issue and the plot often involves helping a rightful heir regain the throne This is but one of the many tensions that arises in Mervyn Peake s Gormenghast or Titus books The eponymous castle is a grand affair in its own right, but it is the locus of a much grander, older [...]

    19. Not to be compared with Lord of the Rings but appreciated as its own distinctive universe, owing stylistic debts to Carroll, Poe, Dickens and a touch of Kafka, Mervyn Peake s world of Gormenghast is a dark and bizarre fairy tale without the fairies, or aptly, a tale of grotesques Once I gathered the rhythm of the prose, I couldn t escape the sprawling labyrinth that is the castle centerpiece of the first two novels, Titus Groan and Gormenghast, nor did I want to, which is why I, as so many oth [...]

    20. Mervyn Peake s The Gormenghast Trilogy Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone , published between 1946 1959, was originally conceived as a four or five book series, but the author died after the publication of only the first two books, the third having been reconstructed after his death from his notebooks In this work, Peake created a locale and story almost hallucinogenic in atmosphere, internally consistent but sufficiently phantasmagoric as to seem dreamlike, fantastic, twisted and bizarre [...]

    21. Forgive the cliche, but there just are not enough stars for this trilogy This is a masterswork about a fantastic world in a village in a castle This is fantasy that owes absolutely nothing to Tolkien not that I m putting him down, LOTR is fabulous If one thinks of Middle Earth as a Macrocosm, then Goremenghast is a Microcosm Think of Dickens, Intoxicated with the English Language, writing a Gothic Fantasy, and you get some of the feeling I have read this book 3 times, and I am sure I will re rea [...]

    22. A beautiful example of the Fantasy genre done right Mervyn Peake built a realistic world, full of evil, gentle, quirky, fasinating, unforgettable characters The brightest of them all is Steerpike the protagonist in Titus Groan and Gormenghast A delisciously evil mastermind we love to hate view spoiler Also, the tragic character of Fuchsia will break your heart hide spoiler In my opinion, the third novel of the trilogy Titus Alone wasn t as interesting as its two predecessors, but overall, this i [...]

    23. Got, oh, maybe 150 pages into this and couldn t get excited about it, so I gave up.I have repeatedly been told of the mastery of this book Perhaps I just wasn t in the right mood In general, I do go for dark and intricate and elaborate But I just couldn t make myself care about this world or its people I couldn t get into the right suspension of disbelief mindset kept having intrusive thoughts like, Wait, where do the inhabitants of this castle get food from or, Wait, I ve seen truly vast palace [...]

    24. I watched the BBC mini series and have it tentatively marked as something to consider reading some day cuz somewhence it s been indicated that it s readable But no urgency, apparently.It s here title tt0197154 and Netflix stocks it.Watching the series clarifies why Vollmann recommends the first two books of the trilogy The two approx the first three episodes of four are charmingly Alice in Wonderland ish absurdishness and quirkishness and the final episode is mostly a stupid, whining princelet h [...]

    25. I d call it Shakespeare for the Lord of the Rings set Did I just write that Peake s imagination is otherwordly His descriptive talent is singular His language does remind me of Shakespeare or a particularly eloquent philosophical writer or something The first two books are the best, concerning a dying feudal society and the leadership thereof The monarchs have been forced, through layers and layers of tradition that no one remembers the reasons for, to exercise complicated daily rituals A new he [...]

    26. I reviewed each book in this trilogy separately, but this was the actual edition I read Overall, I easily give the trilogy 5 stars, even though the last book did not have the same setting and characters as the first two and so I couldn t help but rate it slightly lower This edition includes numerous critiques and essays which have been interesting to read so far.

    27. I am tired of your words, said Titus I use them as a kind of lattice work, said Muzzlehatch They hide me away from melet alone from you Words can be tiresome as a swarm of insects They can prick and buzz Words can be no than a series of farts or on the other hand they can be adamantine, obdurate, inviolable, stone upon stone Rather like your so called Gormenghast you notice that I use the same phrase again The phrase that makes you cross For although you have learned, it seems, the art of makin [...]

    28. And, so, finally, for me at least, the world of Gormenghast The great gothic fantasy of Dickensian characters, vast engines of ritual and excitable melodrama and amazing names The first thing is the writing Words upon words upon words like brick upon brick Sentences wringing imagery out of language, constructing the inconceivable, brooding edifice, the endless twisting warrens and halls and rooms, the towers and battlements and crenelations Painting huges canvases of coloured landscapes and twis [...]

    29. Titus Groan The moon slid inexorably into its zenith, the shadows shrivelling to the feet of all that cast them, and as Rantel approached the hollow at the hem of the Twisted Woods he was treading in a pool of his own midnight I shall read the other two stories in this volume in due course, but for now, shall leave the shadows of Gormenghast, the deathly halls with their noises dark as shrinking pupils, and those people, heavy, flinching and lost between those marvelous wallsThere is much to lov [...]

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