Titus Groan (Gormenghast, #1) by Mervyn Peake

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Read Titus Groan (Gormenghast, #1) Online Free - Starts with the birth and ends with the first birthday celebrations of the heir to the grand, tradition-bound castle of Gormenghast. A grand miasma of doom and foreboding weaves over the sterile rituals of the castle. Villainous Steerpike seeks to exploit the gaps between the formal rituals and the emotional needs of the ruling family for his own profit.

Title : Titus Groan (Gormenghast, #1)
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ISBN : 0879514256
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 396 pages


Bill rated it ★★★★★

June 08, 2017

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 mill...

J.G. Keely rated it ★★★★★

May 28, 2015

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...

Cecily rated it ★★★★★

August 02, 2017

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 Burges...

Evgeny rated it ★★★☆☆

September 02, 2016

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 more 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...

Agnieszka rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2017

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...

Bradley rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

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 th...

Megha rated it ★★★★★

January 30, 2013

“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 seale...

Markus rated it ★★★☆☆

February 01, 2016

”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...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2010

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 th...

Christopher rated it ★★★★★

March 21, 2016

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 tak...

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