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Gormenghast

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:06 pm
by Quail
Any Mervyn Peake fans out there? There may be a few people who haven't heard of Gormenghast. I would like to do them a favor. About five years ago a friend asked me if I ever read Gormenghast. Read it? I never heard of it. So, being late to the table(and a bit cheap) I borrowed his copy. I wondered, after reading the first several pages if it was going to ever take off. Soon afterward, however, I had a difficult time putting it down. It is a most wonderfully written, excellent story, as well as its companions: Titus Alone and Titus Groan. Get thee to a library(or bookstore)post-haste. I've not seen the movie or television versions, but I've heard that they were not too well done. Get the books and indulge yourself.

Gormenghast

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:01 pm
by Phil White
Pretty well mandatory reading for adolescents in my youth. I read them every ten years or so to remind myself exactly how well English can be written. Thoroughly recommend the first two (Titus Groan and Gormenghast in that order), which are exquisitely crafted. The last one (Titus Alone) was not completed before Peake's death and as far as I remember was pieced together from fragments. I find it raw and rather unsatisfying.

Anybody who likes Peake should also look at his work as an artist and illustrator, particularly his illustrations for Alice in Wonderland and some of his work as a war artist (although I freely admit that I have very little understanding of the visual arts).