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Titus Groan By Mervyn Peake,

  • Title: Titus Groan
  • Author: Mervyn Peake
  • ISBN: 9781585679072
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • See alternate cover edition hereAn undisputed classic of epic fantasy, Mervyn Peake s Gormenghast novels represent one of the most brilliantly sustained flights of Gothic imagination, Titus Groan, the first book in this timeless series, is the start of an unforgettable journey.As the novel opens, Titus has just been born As heir to Lord Sepulchrave, he stands to inherit tSee alternate cover edition hereAn undisputed classic of epic fantasy, Mervyn Peake s Gormenghast novels represent one of the most brilliantly sustained flights of Gothic imagination, Titus Groan, the first book in this timeless series, is the start of an unforgettable journey.As the novel opens, Titus has just been born As heir to Lord Sepulchrave, he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Castle Gormenghast Inside of Gormenghast, all events are predetermined by complex rituals, the origins of which are lost in time Dreamlike and macabre, Titus Groan is one of the most astonishing and fantastic works in modern fiction.
    Titus Groan See alternate cover edition hereAn undisputed classic of epic fantasy Mervyn Peake s Gormenghast novels represent one of the most brilliantly sustained flights of Gothic imagination Titus Groan the

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    1. What an odd fantasy No swords, no sorcery, no elves, no thieves, no imaginary beasts, no multiple planes of existence nothing but a cavernous castle peopled by eccentrics with Dickensian names Sepulchrave, Prunesquallor, Swelter, Flay whose lives are determined by centuries perhaps millenia of complex rituals Although the people themselves seem to be British, the enormous burden of tradition under which they labor seems Asiatic in its detailed intensity, and it is instructive to learn that Peak [...]

    2. 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 would close my eyes and snap the book shut, overwhelmed with wonderment, and take a moment to catch my breath.I would drop my [...]

    3. How to review this weird and wonderful book The setting, characters and plot etc are extraordinary, but it is the language that is utterly bewitching The fact Peake was also an artist is evident in the special care with which he describes light or absence of , skin and textures Anthony Burgess wrote that it has the kind of three dimensional solidity which we often find in pictorial artists who take to words illustrations would have been supererogatory even though Peake sketched in the margins as [...]

    4. Dear book,I am breaking up with you It is not me, it is you It is not you, it is me others think you are really cute I thought you were romantic and mysterious I got bored with you, but this is really just me There were moments I was really happy and excited with you, even if they were few and between Unfortunately these moments came too late in our relationships You are a good guy and I hope you will find happiness in your life Please do not invite me to a date I am washing my hair tonight And [...]

    5. dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before Imagine a gigantic, gothic like edifice with an endless maze of galleries, roofs, stairs and secret passages There are the Stone Lanes and the Hall of Bright Carvings, cat room and Hall of Spiders, the Tower of Flints and somewhere up in the clouds a Field of Flagstones there are forgotten wings, dark corridors, dusty attics there are primeval cedars and emerald mirrors of lawns The castle, truly stony monster, is huge and inconceivably old, d [...]

    6. As I was reading this, I kept thinking of all the great and richly detailed fantasies I ve ever read, from Tad Williams to Robin Hobb, and then I just had to look up when this book had come out.You see, I have this thing I like to read a book, or at least books that are considered classics or the best of their genre, with a clear and un jaundiced eye So sometimes I don t even read the blurb or the date of publication Actually, I rarely look at the date I can usually figure it out by the style.On [...]

    7. This tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of knuckled masonry and pointed blasphemously at heaven At night the owls made of it an echoing throat by day it stood voiceless and cast its long shadow There stands the Gormenghast as if sealed inside a crystal ball looming in all its grotesque wonder The old, musty smell The susurrus of narrow passages The torches casting an eerie circle of light The hustle and bustle of the castle dwellers, while [...]

    8. The darkness came down over the castle and the Twisted Woods and over Gormenghast Mountain The long tables of the Dwellers were hidden in the thickness of a starless night This is the book hailed by Tolkien separatists as one to rival The Lord of the Rings This is the book that supposedly is the best book in the fantasy genre We are all entitled to our opinions, but after having read Titus Groan, I simply cannot understand why anyone would even come close to that conclusion.To me, this is fantas [...]

    9. Mervyn Peake was one of those gifted people you burningly resent, he was a brilliant artist and then he thought oh I need something else to occupy my time when I m not doing brilliant drawings and paintings, hmm what can I do, ah yes I ll write one of the century s greatest fantasies in one of the most individual and beautiful prose styles, and create about a dozen of the most memorable and delightful characters in all of fiction, including a real heartbreaker of a heroine called Fuchsia, yes, h [...]

    10. Titus Groan is another one of my favorite books and it, along with The Worm Ouroboros, had a big influence on me while writing the Inheritance Cycle The prose is incredible it s the ultimate gothic fantasy And it s so rich, it s actually a little bit hard to read in one sitting it s better taken in small chunks Mervyn Peake, like so many authors who survived and endured the World Wars World War One particularly had a sense of the grotesque and the grotesquely beautiful that is hard to find For a [...]

    11. My favourite book of all time is The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell but I have now met a worthy contender in Mervyn Peake s Titus Groan to bring to the same elevated level The books marry very well indeed and the two distinct structures span the gamut of every conceivable emotion that the human brain is capable of absorbing I believe So I m on a win win situation here with both books.And as for this tour de force, how can one even attempt to describe the amazing prose that Peake had in i [...]

    12. The World of Gormenghast Titus Groan is a work of fantasy constructed in a painterly manner without much obvious concern for narrative dynamism.First, Mervyn Peake builds the static grey stone world of Gormenghast Castle, then he populates it with Lord Sepulchrave the Earl of Groan and a few key members and servants of his family, and finally bit by bit he permits them to interact.The world of Gormenghast has a Gothic solidity about it It has been built from the hallowed ground up out of both st [...]

    13. Gormenghast Castle by Ian Miller Lowering himself suddenly to his knees he placed his right eye at the keyhole, and controlling the oscillation of his head and the vagaries of his left eye, he was able by dint of concentration to observe, within three inches of his keyholed eye, an eye which was not his, being not only of a different colour to his own iron marble but being, which is convincing, on the other side of the door This third eye which was going through the same performance as the one [...]

    14. Vedere un Conte che fa il gufo sulla mensola del camino e lasciarsi portar via met faccia da un gatto, tutto nella stessa mattinata, sufficiente a minare l autocontrollo di chiunque Una strana, stranissima faccenda Un dreadful imbroglio C una parte di me che vorrebbe assegnargli cinque stelle perch riesce a percepire il genio della visionariet , il valore di un enorme e arzigogolato affresco appeso a un filo di ragnatela L altra parte di me dice di rifilargli la sufficienza stiracchiata per caus [...]

    15. The Good Absolutely wonderful prose, and I m generally not a fan of the literary stuff This story is incredibly atmospheric from the suffocating oppression of the setting to the enormous tragicomic characters I felt like I was watching rather than reading Also, there is a multitude of cats.The Bad It was a mile high stack of metaphors, like a book overfull of similes My periods of horrified fascination were separated by too frequent episodes of boredom, as the characters just walked around doing [...]

    16. Titus Groan is Peake s magnificent addition to the oeuvre of 20th century gothic Peake takes the genre and rather than subvert it, he embellishes it on every level The dense descriptive language the isolation that exists within this intricate castle the macabre and gothic array of exquisite characters all combine to create a cold, greying atmosphere, but with the most exquisitely colourful characters you ll find in literature Titus Groan is the finest of the Gormenghast Trilogy possibly due to t [...]

    17. Mervyn Peake was a poet, a word slinger extraordinaire, who, despite his untimely demise due to dementia at the age of 57, managed to leave behind the deservedly famous Gormenghast trilogy, a cyclopean masterpiece of Fantasy flavored albeit genreless literature the likes of which had never been seen before or since The first installment, Titus Groan, was published in 1946 to rapturous reviews And rapture is indeed the state you will find yourself in if you only allow Peake to take you by the han [...]

    18. Titus Groan is the tale of a bunch of truly odd and grotesque people living in a grotesque old castle.Maybe it s just me neither bleak nor grotesque is my thing put them together and I m liable to slit my throat , but I just could not with this book I generally love fantasy of all kinds, but I found this book very creepy in an off putting kind of way, sort of like one of Tim Burton s weirder movies I still haven t forgiven him for Batman Returns It was also grim and gruesome and boring So boring [...]

    19. It is difficult to believe that this book was written by a human It reads like an unearthed mythology, discovered on a far away planet in a cave filled with treasure.Derivating from the Tolkien model for fantasy, Peake s genius is certainly the progenitor for all non horses and swords books of the genre And his ability to create an ensemble book without a strong lead character is simply amazing There should be a graduate class taught on his methods of characterization and the importance of comin [...]

    20. Wellrry I m sure many will be a bit shocked and saddened by my rating It only goes to show that as I ve said before when it comes to novels it s a bit of to each their own.This is a wonderfully well written novel and has been around since 1946 There are different types of fantasy To simply say this is epic fantasy doesn t really tell you anything as it simply tells you the tale is of epic scale I d say that in a way as they are in some sense contemporaries This book and The Lord of the Rings cou [...]

    21. Looking for a drive on the dark side Something grotesque and dripping with unwarranted behavior How about some characters that are so repulsive, you can t help but be drawn into their world A world of such descriptive horror that you re both terrified to watch, yet oddly hypnotized Well, then step right in, into the world of Titus Groan, the next Earl of Groan, the heir of Gormenghast Castle, the castle which is pretty much our main character in and of itself It s a place where time seems to hav [...]

    22. Titus Groan is a novel that defies classification yet it is one hundred percent powerfully written and one hundred percent a classic It is however not for those who don t like to patiently sit through a long, description driven narrative But for those who appreciate those elements in a work of fiction or perhaps those who found the unique ideas of The Trial interesting I strongly recommend this novel.The best genre that I could possibly associate this with is fantasy However it is also a novel f [...]

    23. Titus Groan is considered by many to be a masterpiece of the literature of the fantastic I don t think that I can argue with that assessment However, I can say that it s a masterpiece that I certainly wasn t pleased to be reading for much of the time I was doing so The primary reason for this was that I felt that it was overly descriptive, tediously so And I think of myself as someone who has a high tolerance for fictional works that others deem too descriptive Below you ll find a passage descri [...]

    24. Terrific start to this epic fantasy series I had a bit of a hard time getting started with it but once I got into it the pages flew by I loved the castle and the Victorian feel to it The character development is first rate I loved the whimsical aspect to it I was horrified at the prospect of burning books I read this with some friends and I almost skipped it because I wasn t sure it was really going to work for me but I m so glad I didn t as it ended up being 5 very enthusiastic stars I can t wa [...]

    25. This marks my 1,000th book read as listed on And this landmark should be, and is, something spectacular, awesome, unique, unclassifiable, brilliant, and unequaled Oddly, I d never even heard of this author or of any of his books until a few months ago when a friend brought him to my attention This trilogy has been compared to Lord of the Rings but I don t know why this isn t fantasy, or syfy, orwell, anything Besides, it is so much better, so much imaginative than LOTR Perhaps Mary Shelley and [...]

    26. Dunque io vado un po controcorrente, perch ci sono tante altre ottime recensioni e io non aggiungerei nulla di nuovo Il fatto questo, che tutti i personaggi di questo libro, bizzarri, paradossali, ridicoli, ma anche diabolici e orripilanti, avventurieri brillanti, intelletti criminali millantatori e privi di scrupoli, mbe a ben vedere io li ho incontrati tutti nella mia vita, tutti Certo, come li mette alla berlina, li sbeffeggia in parodia, o di contro ne tratteggia la lucida spietatezza, quest [...]

    27. In very broad terms, writers have to deal with two main issues when putting their stories to paper the macro issue i.e the overall plot, theme s , and desired character development , and the micro issue wordsmithing, prose, and style The greatest writers, in their greatest works, manage to nail one issue, while successfully covering their shortcomings on the other Mervyn Peake not only managed to nail both issues in toto, he is left with plenty of literary hammer power to spare.Like his creation [...]

    28. Good and evil good is open but fragile, evil is strong and it hides Titus Groan is a conflict of the new and the old, a clash of the neoteric and the traditional But first of all it is a collision of the extraordinary and the commonplace Gormenghast, that is, the main massing of the original stone, taken by itself would have displayed a certain ponderous architectural quality were it possible to have ignored the circumfusion of those mean dwellings that swarmed like an epidemic around its outer [...]

    29. It is much easier to like Gormenghast after you are done reading it Because reading it is a torturous experience like none other It has taken me close to three and a half months to finish this 470 pages book, that too with enforced discipline and self goading way beyond my normal will power I finished a book of 270 pages in a day yesterday, just as a comparison.It is very well written, no doubt, and aspiring writers perhaps could read this again and again For a reader who is looking for a story [...]

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