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Mervyn Peake: Gormenghast

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Books' started by Deerskin, Jan 23, 2003.

  1. Deerskin

    Deerskin New Member

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    I have started reading Titus Groan after years of meaning to and am finding it.. unusual. Reading the introduction to the text (written by Anthony Burgess) I was interested in it's apparant status as a classic of literature, though often overlooked. I'd love to get other opinions on this - it's certainly different!
    Please use spoiler boxes if you are going to give anything away, I am only just over half way through the first book! Thanks! :D
     
  2. Ben Holiday

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    It's a great book though a lot of people don't seem to like the style for some reason. I think it's one of those that most people just have to read through a time or two before they really enjoy it. Definitely one of the early fantasy classics though at least in my opinion.
     
  3. Deerskin

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    Is it classed as fantasy? I have not quite finished the first book but I have so far come across nothing which I would normally classify as 'fantasy'. Despite this I was undecided whether to post this thread here or in the Fantasy section.
     
  4. Pilgrim

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    I loved Gormenghast despite getting stalled halfway through 'Titus Groan' first time round. When I tried a second time I couldn't put it down.

    I know that Gormenghast is based on ancient Chinese court life but is a creation of a seperate world which for me makes it fantasy (but without all the sub-Tolkienesque swords-and-sorcery rubbish that floods the market nowadays).

    The first two books are superb. Beware the third in the trilogy as it felt a bit tacked on to the end, as if it were written for contractual reasons rather than having anything new to add.

    I have to agree that the book feels 'unusual' (to use your expression Deerskin) to begin with. I wouldn't say it was a difficult style and once I was used to it, it felt like the only way it could have been written.
     

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