The Gormenghast Trilogy: Titus Groan/Gormenghast/Titus Alone

The Gormenghast Trilogy: Titus Groan/Gormenghast/Titus Alone

Mervyn Peake / Jul 17, 2019

The Gormenghast Trilogy Titus Groan Gormenghast Titus Alone The Gormenghast Trilogy is one of the most important works of the imagination to come out of the age that also produced The Four Quartets The Unquiet Grave Brideshead Revisited The Loved One The A

  • Title: The Gormenghast Trilogy: Titus Groan/Gormenghast/Titus Alone
  • Author: Mervyn Peake
  • ISBN: 9780099284383
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gormenghast Trilogy is one of the most important works of the imagination to come out of the age that also produced The Four Quartets, The Unquiet Grave, Brideshead Revisited, The Loved One, The Animal Farm and 1984 Anthony Burgess, SpectatorGormenghast is the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir Gothic labyrinth The Gormenghast Trilogy is one of the most important works of the imagination to come out of the age that also produced The Four Quartets, The Unquiet Grave, Brideshead Revisited, The Loved One, The Animal Farm and 1984 Anthony Burgess, SpectatorGormenghast 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 ritual, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder a world suggested in a tour de force that ranks as one of this century s most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.Now a major TV series The Millenium Drama

    Gormenghast series Gormenghast r m n s t is a fantasy series by British author Mervyn Peake, about the inhabitants of Castle Gormenghast, a sprawling, decaying, gothic like structure. The Gormenghast Novels Gormenghast, by Mervyn Peake Mervyn Peake s The Gormenghast Trilogy Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone , published between , 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 The Gormenghast Novels Titus Groan Gormenghast Titus The Gormenghast trilogy is famous for a reason This is an excellent book that I would highly recommend to the avid reader There was also a BBC production of the first two books called Gormenghast. The Gormenghast Trilogy, Box Set Mervyn Peake The Gormenghast Trilogy, Box Set Mervyn Peake on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Boxed set Includes three mass market paperbacks Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Titus Alone. Gormenghast The Novels The Gormenghast Trilogy Gormenghast was published in and won the Royal Society of Literature award and the Heinemann Award for Literature along with Peake s collection of poetry, The Glassblowers. Gormenghast Gormenghast, by Mervyn Peake An excellent second book in a horrifically creepy trilogy As the second book in the trilogy, Gormenghast doesn t disappoint with even eccentric characters and mounting tension with our evil villain, Steerpike Gormenghast feels as if it s still a part of the first book, it flows so well. Gormenghast, the official website Mervyn Peake The Official Gormenghast website brings you news and events from the world of Mervyn Peake, extracts from the books and the story behind the creation of Gormenghast The official Mervyn Peake website not only aims to bring you regular news and events from Mervyn Peake s world of Gormenghast, but also to add interest by including stories and ideas that led to its creation. What makes Gormenghast a masterpiece the Guardian Marcus Sedgwick Mervyn Peake s gothic fantasy has never matched the success of JRR Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings Maybe it s just too good The Gormenghast Trilogy Mervyn Peake Gormenghast is the vast, crumbling castle to which the seventy seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is lord and heir Titus is expected to rule this gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons and his eccentric and wayward subjects according to strict age old rituals, but things are changing in the castle. The Gormenghast Trilogy Mervyn Peake The Gormenghast Trilogy is one of the most important works to come out of the age that produced The Four Quartets, The Unquiet Grave, Brideshead Revisited, The Loved One, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four Anthony Burgess Spectator Synopsis Gormenghast is the vast, crumbling castle to which the seventy seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is lord

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      • Mervyn Peake

        Mervyn Laurence Peake was an English modernist writer, artist, poet and illustrator He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books, though the Titus books would be accurate the three works that exist were the beginning of what Peake conceived as a lengthy cycle, following his protagonist Titus Groan from cradle to grave, but Peake s untimely death prevented completion of the cycle, which is now commonly but erroneously referred to as a trilogy They are sometimes compared to the work of his older contemporary J.R.R Tolkien, but his surreal fiction was influenced by his early love for Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson rather than Tolkien s studies of mythology and philology.Peake also wrote poetry and literary nonsense in verse form, short stories for adults and children Letters from a Lost Uncle , stage and radio plays, and Mr Pye, a relatively tightly structured novel in which God implicitly mocks the evangelical pretensions and cosy world view of the eponymous hero.Peake first made his reputation as a painter and illustrator during the 1930s and 1940s, when he lived in London, and he was commissioned to produce portraits of well known people A collection of these drawings is still in the possession of his family Although he gained little popular success in his lifetime, his work was highly respected by his peers, and his friends included Dylan Thomas and Graham Greene His works are now included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Imperial War Museum.


    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 se [...]

    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 illustra [...]

    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 more 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 [...]

    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 Gorme [...]

    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 more 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 s [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 am [...]

    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 advis [...]

    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 more 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 en [...]

    18. One of the more 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 gran [...]

    19. Not to be compared with Lord of the Rings but appreciated as its own distinctive universe, owing more 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 more 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 [...]

    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 biz [...]

    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 [...]

    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 over [...]

    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 trul [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more 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 se [...]

    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 [...]

    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 t [...]

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