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The Gormenghast Trilogy (1946)

di Mervyn Peake

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Serie: Gormenghast (1-3)

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A beautiful fairytale filled with unexpected plot twists. 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. Titus must contend with treachery, manipulation and murder as well as his own longing for a life beyond the castle walls.… (altro)
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Master of the Gothic fantasy and beyond. ( )
  RupertOwen | Apr 27, 2021 |
I finally finished it by listening to it at work on my MP3 player. It is very dense. I like the characters; I like the creation of place; I like that it doesn't follow obvious story lines and that characters don't live or die based on how sympathetic they are.

The first 2 books are definitely better than the last third of the trilogy, but the last, Titus Alone, gives some place to the country of Gormenghast castle that is absent in Titus Groan and Gormenghast.

I have only recommended this to one friend I think will enjoy the language and meandering plat development as much as I did. This is NOT light reading. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
A very laborious volume that takes some time to get into - but it is worth it. There were sections that were very interesting, sections where I laughed out loud, and sections where I felt the pathos strongly. I empathized with several of the characters. It is unfortunate that Titus Alone is basically a skeleton, unfinished - and that Peake was unable to complete the series with one or two more volumes. ( )
  quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |
I like to read reviews of a book before I read it myself. I focus on the one and five star reviews, and check out the reviews that fall somewhere in between the two extremes. This method has helped me find good books, but more often it prevents me from wasting time on bad books.

Of all the reviews, those for [b:The Gormenghast Trilogy: Titus Groan/Gormenghast/Titus Alone|457382|The Gormenghast Trilogy Titus Groan/Gormenghast/Titus Alone|Mervyn Peake|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1174932286l/457382._SX50_.jpg|38776] were the most accurate. I just knew that I had to get my hands on this book because it completely filled the bill for all my literary tastes.

Basically, this is the story of an isolated society in decline; full of gloomy atmosphere. Gormenghast itself is a massive city/castle, full of forgotten rooms in abandoned wings, mysterious and often bizarre characters filling arcane positions in the noble household while the ancient stones slowly crumble to dust. Gloom, rot and decay are evident everywhere in the castle. Before our eyes the head of the family slowly sinks into madness and a chaotic interloper schemes to bring about the downfall of the Groan legacy.

I won't go into details about the plot or characters, other reviews have already done this masterfully and I don't want to be redundant. I'll be honest, this book isn't for everyone; especially those who want a lot of action or romance. Readers who enjoy heavy atmosphere and a slowly building plot with lots of Gothic gloom and doom will be happy to read this literary gem. The character names are a constant delight, as are the sly jokes at the narcissistic and foolish notions of human society.

There are newer, more popular fantasy novels I could be reading. I'm familiar with what they have to offer, the literary equivalent of a "dinner party" hosted by broke-ass twenty-somethings in which there is no actual dinner, just a lot of gluten-free, non-lactose, sugar-free snacks and endless shots of various candy-flavored vodkas. Your fellow guests will be prone to high-drama drunken behavior and repetitive, predictable stories. Gormenghast will host an eight course meal with a wide variety of flavors and subtle textures and a wine thoughtfully paired with each course. The other guests might be a bit odd, but the conversation will be lively and fascinating and none of them will invite you back to their mom's basement for some anonymous sex, and are unlikely to puke a rainbow-hued puddle into your lap. Everyone gets to choose which party they attend; it's a clear choice to me. ( )
1 vota Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
This trilogy is hard to review as one book, so I have split it here:

Book 1: Peake uses the brooding, grim world of Gormenghast to introduce the caricatures of his ensemble cast, brilliantly formed individuals who are believable more for their exaggerated behaviours, than in spite of. The book is at its strongest when Peake uses his broad vocabulary to bring to life the brilliant natural features of the landscape. Unfairly labelled fantasy, Gormenghast is instead analogy and setting, written as a construction as advanced and complex as the city of Gormenghast itself. This book is fantastic, despite some continuity issues in plot which are easily overlooked for the quality of the writing.

Book 2: More plot-driven than the first, this book at least allows for closure on characters' plotlines, although it is not as strong as the first in writing.

Book 3: Peake's growing disconnection from the (real) world is visible in the writing, and this book becomes gradually more difficult to read. Two chapters about an old couple that have found their own happiness in the world of 'under-river' stand out, but the characters, writing and plot become impossible to embrace and this is not worth the effort, in my opinion.

In this edition all three books suffer from repeated typos, and I recommend finding another version if you would like to read Peake's magnum opus. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Peake, Mervynautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Burgess, AnthonyIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Crisp, Quentin S.Introduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Hellar, JulekImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Miéville, ChinaIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Michael MoorcockIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Moorcock, MichaelIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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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 walls.
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A beautiful fairytale filled with unexpected plot twists. 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. Titus must contend with treachery, manipulation and murder as well as his own longing for a life beyond the castle walls.

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