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Review ´ Titus Groan 106 Ú 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 famiF Gormenghast A grand miasma of doom and foreboding weaves over the sterile rituals of the castle Villainous Steerpik. 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 outYou see I have this thing I like to read a book or at least books that are considered classics or the best of their genre with a clear and un jaundiced eye So sometimes I don't even read the blurb or the date of publication Actually I rarely look at the date I can usually figure it out by the styleOn the other hand this one had me stumped I got through nearly 34 of the novel before I broke down and found out that this was published in '46 I was shocked The level of detail the creepy magical realism the ritual building the clever descriptions and especially the the plot just screamed out maybe late seventies with a reliance on fully traditional fantasy with an evil minister type bringing down a kingdom But 1946 I have to readjust everythingSure this has a lot of great gothic elements and a heavy reliance on Dickens feeling like a timeless and isolated castle full of a loving people at first only to have it fall to the whiles of a lying snake And then I slowly realized just how much of an influence Titus Groan had upon so much modern fantasy You know those authors I mentioned Yeah I'd eat my boots if they weren't heavily influenced by Peake It's that clear But how did I like this novel I loved it What it didn't have in dastardly wars it did have in masterful prose sneaky action creepy and delightful and complex characters and truly brilliant descriptionsI'm really looking forward to reading the next one

Titus GroanF Gormenghast A grand miasma of doom and foreboding weaves over the sterile rituals of the castle Villainous Steerpik. 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 outYou see I have this thing I like to read a book or at least books that are considered classics or the best of their genre with a clear and un jaundiced eye So sometimes I don't even read the blurb or the date of publication Actually I rarely look at the date I can usually figure it out by the styleOn the other hand this one had me stumped I got through nearly 34 of the novel before I broke down and found out that this was published in '46 I was shocked The level of detail the creepy magical realism the ritual building the clever descriptions and especially the the plot just screamed out maybe late seventies with a reliance on fully traditional fantasy with an evil minister type bringing down a kingdom But 1946 I have to readjust everythingSure this has a lot of great gothic elements and a heavy reliance on Dickens feeling like a timeless and isolated castle full of a loving people at first only to have it fall to the whiles of a lying snake And then I slowly realized just how much of an influence Titus Groan had upon so much modern fantasy You know those authors I mentioned Yeah I'd eat my boots if they weren't heavily influenced by Peake It's that clear But how did I like this novel I loved it What it didn't have in dastardly wars it did have in masterful prose sneaky action creepy and delightful and complex characters and truly brilliant descriptionsI'm really looking forward to reading the next one

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Titus Groan ☆ Starts with the birth and ends with the first birthday celebrations of the heir to the grand tradition bound castle o. 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 uniue 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 the Gormenghast series which so shocked me by the force of their beauty that I would close my eyes and snap the book shut overwhelmed with wonderment and take a moment to catch my breathI would drop my head My eyes would search the air; as if I could find there the conclusion I was seeking My brow would crease in something like despondency or desperation and then of its own accord a smile would break across my face and I would shake my head slowly and laugh and sigh And laughPeake's writing is not easy fare I often needed room to breathe and time for contemplation but he is not inaccessible nor arduous He does not like Joyce or Eliot reuire the reader to know the history of western literature in order to understand him His story is deceptively simple; it is the world in which he sets it that can be so overwhelmingPeake writes with a painter's eye which is natural enough as he is famous as an illustrator than a writer the only self portrait in the National Portrait Gallery He paints each scene each moment in such careful loving playful detail that it can only be described by the original definition of 'sublime' a vista which is so grand and beautiful that it dwarfs our humanity evoking a wonder akin to fearBut Peake's writing is not so entirely alienating; on the contrary he is vividly concerned with life Gormenghast is the story of a life starting at birth though our hero only got as far as the cusp of manhood before Peake was seized by malady and death Each character is brightly and grotesuely alive The 'fantasy' of this book is not like so many epics magic signifying some allegorical moral conflict The magic of Peake's world is the absurdly perfect figures that people itThey are stylized and symbolic but like Gogol Peake is working off of his own system of symbology instead of relying on the staid familiar archetypes of literature Unusual as they may be there is a recognizable verisimilitude in the madness imbued in each Their obsessions uirks and unpredictability feel all too human They are frail mad and surprisingLike the wild characters of his sketches Peake writes in exaggerated strokes but somehow that makes them recognizable realistic and memorable than the unadorned reality of post modernists Since truth is stranger than fiction we find reality in his off kilter unhinged world This focus on fantastical characters instead of fantastical powers has been wryly dubbed 'Mannerpunk' or a 'Fantasy of Manners' It is a much enveloping and convincing type of fantasy since it engages the mind directly with visceral artistic techniues instead of relying on a threadbare language of symbolic power Peake does not want to explain the world but paint itTolkien can certainly be impressive in his stodgy way but after reading Peake it is difficult to call him fantastical His archetypal characters age old moral conflict and epic plot all seem so hidebound against the wild bulwark of Peake's imagination The world of Gormenghast is magical and dreamlike without even needing to resort to the parlor tricks of spells wizards and monstersPeake's people are fantastical than dragons because their beings are instilled with a shifting and scintillating transience Most dragons fearsome as they may be on the outside are inwardly little than plot movers Their fearful might is drawn from a recognizable tradition and I uestion how fantastical something can really be when its form and behavior are so familiar and predictablePeake's world though made up of things recognizable is twisted enchanted and made uncanny without ever needing to stretch our disbelief The real world is full of wonder confusion and revelation so why do authors think that making it less real will make it wonderful What is truly fantastical is to find magic in our own world and in our own livesBut then it is not an easy thing to do Authors write in forms cliches archetypes and moral arguments because it gives them something to work with; a place to start and a way to measure their progress lest they lose themselves To write unfettered is vastly difficult and reuires either great boldness or great naivetePeake is ever bold You will never catch him flat footed; his pen is ceaseless He drives on in sallies and skirmishes teasing prodding suggesting but always in the end he is an electric presence evading our cumbersome attempts to catch him in any one place Each sentence bears a thought a purpose a beauty a consciousness The only thing keeping the book moving is the restless joy of Peake's wit his love and passion for his book its places characters and storyHe also has a love for writing and for the word which is clear on every page A dabbler in poetry his careful sense of meter is masterful as precise as Bierce And unlike most fantasists Peake's poetry is often the best part of his books instead of the least palatable Even absent his amusing characterization and palpable world his pure language is a thing to beholdIn the introduction uentin Crisp tells us about the nature of the iconoclast that being different is not a matter of avoiding and rejecting what others do that is merely contrariness not creativity To be original means finding an inspiration that is your own and following it through to the bitter endPeake does that here maintaining a depth pace and uality that is almost unbelievable He makes the book his own and each time he succeeds in lulling us into familiarity we can be sure that it is a playful ruse and soon he will shake free againAlas not all readers will be able to keep up with him Those desiring repetition comfort and predictability will instead receive shock betrayal and confusion However for those who love words who seek beauty who relish the unexpected and who find the most stirring sensation to be the evocation of palpable wonder I have no finer book to suggest No other fantasist is fantastical or achingly humanMy Fantasy Book Suggestions Free download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ë Mervyn Peake

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Mervyn Peake ë 6 Read & download E seeks to exploit the gaps between the formal rituals and the emotional needs of the ruling family for his own profi. ”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 is the best book in the fantasy genre We are all entitled to our opinions but after having read Titus Groan I simply cannot understand why anyone would even come close to that conclusionTo me this is fantasy devoid of anything that makes the genre special None of the reasons why I love fantasy can be found in this book Not a single one And in addition to that I found the plot to be moving so slowly that every page was a struggle After having read almost a third of the book I felt ready to put it down and forget about itThat was part of the reason why I did not enjoy this as much as I could have that it does not really fit into my concept of fantasy which is probably different from the concept of fantasy in the minds of Peake's followers Frankly this book reads like a slightly modernised but very stereotypical fairytale with all the positives and negatives that comes withBut I desperately wanted to like this book and to some extent I did Despite being a fanatical supporter of Tolkien and his successors I found the prospect of reading something wholly different to be uite interesting Unfortunately the book didn’t live up to any of my expectations That does not mean that its uality is non existentMost commenters are saying that the writing is the best part and they are absolutely right Mervyn Peake can certainly write and even though it was not completely stunning I did enjoy it once I got into it But unfortunately the writing is the only good aspect of Titus Groan This book is the epitome of sacrificing substance for styleBut as many of you know I do enjoy flowery writing A lot And that instead of the crown on top of a masterpiece became for me a saving grace The wonderful descriptions of Castle Gormenghast and the Twisted Woods provided some small measure of enjoyment at times when I found the rest of the book to be painfully tedious and surprisingly mediocreI can see the positive aspects of it and I’m sure it’s a magical book for the right people But as far as I can see this is a fantasy book for those who do not appreciate fantasy Or for fantasy readers in need of a break