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TITUS GROAN-VOLUME 1 OF  THE GORMENGHAST…
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TITUS GROAN-VOLUME 1 OF " THE GORMENGHAST TRILOGY (original 1946; udgave 1975)

af MERVYN PEAKE

Serier: Gormenghast (1)

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3,597902,712 (4.09)1 / 277
Fantasyroman for voksne om de groteske skikkelser, der befolker det labyrintiske Gormenghast Castle og dets omgivelser.
Medlem:olyra
Titel:TITUS GROAN-VOLUME 1 OF " THE GORMENGHAST TRILOGY
Forfattere:MERVYN PEAKE
Info:BALLANTINE (1975), Paperback
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Ingen

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Titus Groan : roman af Mervyn Peake (1946)

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    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell af Susanna Clarke (saltmanz)
    saltmanz: Both extrememly atmospheric books, with vivid visuals and memorable characters.
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A Gothic/Dickensian novel, who knew that was a thing :) .As i say its characters have a distinctive dickensian flavour there isn't a single normal person in the bunch. Our main protagonist is Steerpike who i think is a genuine sociopath.
The descriptions are odd and beautiful in a dreary and grotesque way. As we follow the inhabitants of a massive and ancient castle going about their strange and mad lives.
Apart from dickens one other thing this reminded me of strongly due to the ancient traditions (bureaucracy) and unchanging nature of the place, was The Castle by kafka. If you ever read The Castle and wanted an ending for it you could read Gormenghast and assume the protagonist made it inside finally and is now calling himself Steerpike ;).
The shear dreariness of the novel although cheered up here and there by the absurdity of its characters can nevertheless make it a chore to read at times but not too often.
By the end despite there being not a single likable character, i kind of liked them all or at least was able to sympathize with their views which is quite a remarkable feat for a writer to accomplish.
By the 3/4 mark i was thinking it will be years before i bother with the sequels but by the end i was thinking it will be a lot sooner.
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  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
My review of 'Titus Groan' by Mervyn Peake is up on the John C Adams Reviews blog now!

"Nothing is comprehensible when judged by the rational standards of our everyday lives, and the quirks simply become part of the entertainment until Gormenghast is the most vivid character of all."

Click on the link to read my review in full:

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/john-c-adams-reviews-titus-groan-b... ( )
  johncadamssf | Mar 17, 2021 |
It's always amused me that the book called Titus Groan is mostly about Gormanghast, with very little about Titus, and the book called Gormanghast is about the coming to adulthood of Titus Groan.

To be honest, both books seem like halves of a single whole, so the main review is under Gormanghast. ( )
  atreic | Mar 15, 2021 |
Maybe I'm an uncultured plebe, but I wasn't a huge fan of Peake's prose. The incredibly over-the-top descriptions wore really thin for me after a while (although the bit about "the archless suction of [morbidly obese head chef Swelter's] soles" was great), but Steerpike's rise to power is interesting enough to keep me going. ( )
1 stem skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
6 stars. Sublime. ( )
  Firons2 | Jan 31, 2021 |
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Peake, Mervynprimær forfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
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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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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.
It was not often that Flay approved of happiness in others. He saw in happiness the seeds of independence, and in independence the seeds of revolt.
Steerpike had an unusual gift. It was to understand a subject without appreciating it. He was almost entirely cerebral in his approach. But this could not easily be perceived; so shrewdly, so surely he seemed to enter into the heart of whatever he wished, in his words or his deeds, to mimic.
The library appeared to spread outwards from him as from a core. His dejection infected the air about him and diffused its illness upon every side. All thing in the long room absorbed his melancholia. The shadowing galleries brooded with slow anguish; the books receding into the deep corners, tier upon tier, seemed each a separate tragic note in a monumental fugue of volumes.
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