Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
(Gormenghast Trilogy)

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The rarity of Peake’s greatness lies not only in the breadth of his invention but in the lushness of his language.
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An undisputed classic of epic fantasy, Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast novels represent one of the most brilliantly sustained flights of Gothic imagination. 

As the novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual whose origins are lost in history and the castle is peopled by dark characters in half-lit corridors. Dreamlike and macabre, Peake's extraordinary novel is one of the most astonishing and fantastic works in modern English fiction.
 

About Mervyn Peake

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--> --> --> Mervyn Peake (1911?68) was a writer, artist, poet, and playwright, best known for his gothic masterpiece, the "Gormenghast Trilogy", and his stunning illustrations for Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland".
 
Published June 26, 2007 by The Overlook Press. 338 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Nov 04 2008

A difficult book, impossible to place, and very limited in its appeal.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Nov 04 2008

In this illustrated Gothic trilogy, a young heir matures within the confines of bleak Gormenghast castle.

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Boomtron

Excellent
Reviewed by Clare on Jun 01 2011

The rarity of Peake’s greatness lies not only in the breadth of his invention but in the lushness of his language.

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