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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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This (and the series) is on my list to read, but ... maybe not.
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
English language at its best, quite difficult for me to read, bizarre ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
A castle populated with a joyously intricate vocabulary that describes characters like no other...explodes as one reads along with this classic fairy tale told in a new way. And the words alone are so wonderfully florid that it could get you to reading the book another time just to glory in the prose. Peake is obviously in love with the English language and he makes us fall in love with it too. A book that should be allowed to breathe and then sipped at as one allows the words to spin their web. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I don't think I'd like it now, but I'd have given this a 5 when I read it. ( )
  Karin7 | Jan 20, 2016 |
254) Titus Groan
★★★

With a whole book named after him you would expect Titus to be the central character the focus of the plot however that is not so in Titus Groan all the 77th Lord of Gormenghast achieves is being born and making it to 18 months old.

Instead the book focusses on the characters around the new born Lord the ever present Nannie Slagg, his dreamy older sister Fuschia, the manipulative Steerpike, the strange twins Cora and Clarice his aunts and some of the more involved servants Swelter the hugely obese cook, Flay his fathers first servant and Prunesquallor the Doctor.

We are also introduced to people outside of Gormenghast castle who I predict will be important in later books the Dwellers the people who make the carvings for the hall of bright carvings.

Gormenghast itself can be seen as a character in my imagination this is a huge bleak castle hewn from a cliff of rock, it contains such rooms as the root room, full of roots and the spider room, you guessed it full of spiders.

While there is very little in the way of plot this novel is an interesting study of various characters and how they react to each other and to events that occur. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Peake, MervynAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burgess, AnthonyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harding, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pepper, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robertson, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitfield, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Dost thou love picking meat? Or would'st thou see
A man in the clouds, and have him speak to thee?
BUNYAN
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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.
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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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