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Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake

Titus Groan (original 1946; edition 1989)

by Mervyn Peake

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Title:Titus Groan
Authors:Mervyn Peake
Info:Mandarin (1989), Edition: First edition & printing in this form, Mass Market Paperback, 505 pages
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Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake (Author) (1946)

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Yes, but Kindle. Perhaps paperback.
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
Un genere assolutamente nuovo, il gormenghastly. Una scrittura che con grande attenzione ci guida in una foresta di pietra grigia, ed è eccezionale l'effetto con il quale P. ci illustra non tanto di quello che racconta, ma di quello che *non* racconta e sottintende. Si sente fisicamente di essere dentro un mondo a sè, sul quale gettiamo occhiate fugaci, seguendo lo sguardo minuzioso dell'autore, ben sapendo che siamo circondati da quella arenaria, da quelle stanze vuote e in disfacimento, da quegli Esterni miserandi. In questo mondo fantastico (ma non fantasy) le solite miserie umane della ricerca del potere e intrighi di indivia ed avidità, conditi da ottusità epiche. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Re-reading. I've been so polluted by shitty fantasy that I forgot what a good sentence looked like.

This should do it...
  DanielAlgara | Sep 26, 2014 |
The story itself was not amazing or even all that compelling, I admit, but the language and images Peake created with it are what make this work so incredible. I'm happy I finally encountered it. ( )
  tlockney | Sep 7, 2014 |
I stayed up until midnight to finish the last 250 pages. I was just hooked and couldn't put the book down.

I've wanted to
read the Gormenghast trilogy since I saw the 6 hour (?)
miniseries a couple of years ago. The miniseries had the feel of
a movie made from a book (or books) in the same way that the
Harry Potter movies do. It seemed that a lot of details were being
left out to keep the pacing good on the assumption that people
interested in watching had read the book(s) and could fill in the
details from memory.

I'm pleasantly surprised at how good the book is. The focus is
on how strange and stilted culture can become when it is no
longer allowed to progress. So much of the plot is centered
around the description of the decaying castle.

There's a scene where the library is torched. The library had
been the one place where the 76th Earl of Gormenghast felt at
all at home and was at all human. I think any avid bookcrosser
would find meaning in this short passage.

Then there is the title character. Poor little Titus! I really feel sorry
for him in this first book. One comment though about Titus. By the end of the book he's just over a year old but he isn't depicted well. Perhaps the lack of love in his early life stunted him or perhaps the stilted dialogue style of the book is the reason for Titus remaining mum. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 4, 2014 |
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Peake, MervynAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burgess, AnthonyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harding, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pepper, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robertson, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitfield, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dost thou love picking meat? Or would'st thou see
A man in the clouds, and have him speak to thee?
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Gormenghast, that is, the main massing of the original stone, taken by itself would have displayed a certain ponderous quality were it possible to have ignored the circumfusion of those mean dwellings that swarmed like an epidemic around its outer walls.
Aast ge op aards gewin? Of zoudt gij eer het woord vernemen van een hoger heer? - Bunyan
Swelter's eyes meet those of his enemy, and never was there held between four globes of gristle so sinister a hell of hatred. Had the flesh, the fibres, and the bones of the chef and those of Mr. Flay been conjured away and away down that dark corridor, leaving only their four eyes suspended in mid-air outside the Earl's door, then, surely, they must have reddened to the hue of Mars, reddened and smouldered, and at last broken into flame, so intense was their hatred - broken into flame and and circled about one another in ever-narrowing gyres and in swifter and yet swifter flight until, merged into one sizzling globe of ire they must have surely fled, the four in one, leaving a trail of blood behind them in the cold grey air of the corridor, until, screaming as they fly beneath innumerable arches and down endless passageways of Gormenghast, they found their eyeless bodies once again, and re-entrenched themselves in startled sockets.
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Titus Groan, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. His world will be predetermined by complex rituals, the origins of which are lost in time; it will be peopled by the dark characters who inhabit the half-lit corridors.

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