I’ve found 2 physical versions of The Illustrated Gormenghast that I would .. Titus Groan is the first volume of Mervyn Peake’s distinctive Gormenghast trilogy. The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Ah, Gormenghast! I (td) 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.

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The ferment of the heart, within these walls, was mocked by every length of sleeping shadow. Amazingly detailed descriptions, and extraordinarily extended metaphors, especially of characters’ faces, skin and other physical features and of candles and their drips!

The isolation of Gormenghast is so total that the people of the castle and the village that surrounds it have turned inwards and become professional navel-gazers. The twins propelled themselves forward vacantly. Not betting my life ’cause the old memory really does stink up the joint.

Apr 13, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: The glass city, the Black House, Cheeta and all the other characters who populate its pages are pale indeed to their counterparts from Titus Groan and Gormenghast.

It is a brief work in comparison with the two earlier volumes in the trilogy and seems very much a picture of of the immediate illlustrated World War II world.

Winnington Fragment of the unpublished novel, Titus Awakes When we grow up we pass the point of no return gormenghasg there is no way for us to come back to the serene and cozy world of our childhood. Likewise Peake’s world, though made up of things recognizable, is twisted, enchanted, and made uncanny without ever needing to stretch our disbelief.


Titus eventually grows up and abandons Gormenghast to explore and try to find something meaningful in his life. Lady Gertrude Groan, by Mervyn Peake.

Book review: The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy, by Mervyn Peake

I liked Titus Groanand to a lesser extent, Gormenghast. Mervyn Peake built a realistic world, full of evil, gentle, quirky, fasinating, unforgettable characters.

Apr 18, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: No one has the same presence or reality that even so minor a character as the Poet achieves. 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.

The scenes and characters are beautiful paintings, made more astounding since you are privy to the inner worlds behind the characters, such as the lonely thoughts of Fuchsia as she watches Illuztrated the gardener at a tree on a stepladder, illustraged apples with a square of silk. There is no slow entry, no rabbit-hole down which to fall, no backless wardrobe, no door in the wall.

Dec 01, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: As far as I’m concerned, that’s about the best recommendation for a book possible.

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It is, if you like, a rich wine of fancy chilled by the intellect to just the right temperature. As it happened I read this in three separate volumes.

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A dabbler in poetry, his careful sense of meter is masterful, as precise as Bierce. Reading this review again, I am disappointed by its briefness. Jul 29, Duchess rated it it was ok. Jon I love the Overlook one.


Book review: The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy, by Mervyn Peake | Like Telling the Truth

Junto con el Castillo, nos encontramos con sus habitantes, cuyos nombres, en el original, tienen claros ecos dickensianos: So, if I have already said that this book is something like the love child of Dickens and Carroll, I would have to toss in Shakespeare and Monty Python, for good measure, and conclude too that some of the poetry had been inspired by Poe!

The first two books are the best, concerning a dying feudal society and the leadership thereof. If you find yourself in the company of the Groans, you are no doubt at least a bit mad. It was a long head.

The Gormenghast Novels (Gormenghast, #) by Mervyn Peake

I often needed room to breathe and time for contemplation, but he is not inaccessible, nor arduous. Alas, not all readers will be able to keep up with him. Since I have a cat and bird obsession myself, I think she touches some dark part of me that lives in a tower in a semi-feral state, sporting outrageous piles of hair and billowing garments covered in candle wax.