Gormenghast

Gormenghast Review

Titus Groan is seven years old. Lord and heir to the crumbling castle Gormenghast. A gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of Byzantine government and age-old rituals, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, and death. Steerpike, who began his climb across the roofs when Titus was born, is now ascending the spiral staircase to the heart of the castle, and in his wake lie imprisonment, manipulation, and murder.

Gormenghast is the second volume in Mervyn Peake’s widely acclaimed trilogy, but it is much more than a sequel to Titus Groan—it is an enrichment and deepening of that book.

The Gormenghast Trilogy ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.

Title:Gormenghast
Edition Language:English

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  • Bill  Kerwin

    I like Titus Groan very much, but I like Gormenghast more. The visual set pieces are equally vivid, but the style seems less labored, more fluid--less like cubist painting and more like a movie photog...

  • Cecily

    The sequel to the wonderful Titus Groan (which I reviewed HERE). At his christening, Titus, heir to the earldom of Gormenghast (accidentally) ripped the ancient book of ritual and at his earling (aged...

  • J.G. Keely

    The Gormenghast books are considered to be the beginning of the 'mannerpunk' genre, and along with Tolkien, Moorecock, and Howard, Peake is one of the fathers of the modern Fantasy genre. Mannerpunk i...

  • Bradley

    This classic fantasy still feels almost like allegory and real history wrapped around some of the most beautiful prose in literature. Seriously. The prose is really fantastic. The names of things are ...

  • Malacorda

    Me lo sono gustato molto, nonostante l'abbia vistosamente sbocconcellato, o forse proprio grazie a questo. Finito di leggere in un contesto quanto mai propizio: il pomeriggio di un assurdo 31 maggio f...

  • Paul Bryant

    (Vaguely spoilerish remarks follow). Stripped to the bone, Titus Groan and Gormenghast tell a simple story of pre-socialist revolution and why it will inevitably fail. Steerpike, the ostensible villai...

  • Olivier Delaye

    I have a problem. I gave 5 stars to Titus Groan, book 1 in the Gormenghast trilogy, but I find the sequel to be even better. So,hey Goodreads, if you guys could kindly change the rating system, I woul...

  • Cosimo

    La legge! La legge! La legge!“Per via del panorama selvaggio che circondava Gormenghast, e si stendeva da ogni lato fino all'orizzonte, come se il castello fosse un'isola di reietti sopra un oceano ...

  • midnightfaerie

    An excellent second book in a horrifically creepy trilogy. As the second book in the trilogy, Gormenghast doesn't disappoint with even more eccentric characters and mounting tension with our evil vill...

  • Amanda

    This trilogy is amazing and this second book does not disappoint. Again I had a bit of trouble getting into it but once I did I absolutely couldn't put it down. We met a bunch of new characters in thi...