Titus Groanby Mervyn Peake, Rupert Degas
As the novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a
An undisputed classic of epic fantasy, Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast novels represent one of the most brilliantly sustained flights of Gothic imagination.
As the novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual whose origins are lost in history and the castle is peopled by dark characters in half-lit corridors. Dreamlike and macabre, Peake's extraordinary novel is one of the most astonishing and fantastic works in modern English fiction.
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Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) wrote plays, painted, as well as being poet, illustrator, short-story writer, and designer of theatrical costumes, as well as a novelist. Among his many books are the Gormenghast novels, Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone.
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For me, reading Titus Groan was like eating three portions of chocolate mousse(my favorite dessert) thoroughly enjoyable but best consumed slowly as it is quite rich. I've always found it easiest to describe it as poetry in prose. He uses his words as color the way a painter would apply brush strokes. In many cases you need not read further than a characters name to get a good insight into who that character is. Lord Sepulchrave, Dr. Prunesquallor(the only sensible character), Steerpike, Flay and Swelter come to mind. I have an unusual love for the way words are strewn together and so my appreciation for this book may be skewed slightly. But to all word lovers, Enjoy.
Poetic writing that conjures up a gothic world of bizarre characters. Beautifully complemented by the author's line drawings. Tried it because it is purportedly one of Sting's favorites. Was very glad I did.