As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone.
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The first volume of the GORMENGHAST trilogy of fantasy novels. Titus Groan is born the heir to Gormenghast castle, and finds himself in a world predetermined by complex rituals that have been made obscure by the passage of time. Along the corridors of the castle, the child encounters some of the dark characters who will shape his life.Review:
Enter the world of Gormenghast a vast, meandering city reminiscent of London or Byzantium. New to U.S. audiences, Peake's trilogy, aired on BBC Television in 2000, created a cult following in the UK. Rupert Degas acts out all the parts of this gothic novel with extreme characterizations, based on the BBC show, contrasted with lengthy spates of narrative. On the day Titus, 77th Earl of Gormenghast, is born, a young upstart named Steerpike escapes his hereditary kitchen job to change his life and fortunes. Steerpike encounters many characters, who get bold treatment from narrator Degas. The thick accents and dialogue take some getting used to, especially in the early scenes. Nonetheless, Gormenghast fans will love Degas's performance. --AudioFile-- Naxos's fine production has a momentum that propels listeners past all barriers, thanks largely to an exceptional over-the-top performance by Rupert Degas. His creepy, comical, loathsome, even bloodcurdling, voices are so vivid that listeners will get the picture and then some, even where they lose the point. -- Francine Levitov, SoundCommentary -- --AudioFile/SoundCommentary
Mervyn Peake's exuberantly baroque Gormenghast trilogy and its cast of characters are superbly brought to life by Rupert Degas in Titus Groan. He is sinister as the driven Steerpike, sibilant as the obese Swelter, sulkily bored as the violet-eyed Fuchsia and gloom-ridden as her father Lord Sepulchrave. --Christina Hardyment, The Times
A veritable tour de force. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian
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Book Description G.B.: Penguin Books Ltd, 1974. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. International Edition. Another unread copy with the spine uncracked. Paperback:506 Pages Publisher: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS, 1974 (1974) ISBN-10: 0140027629 ISBN-13: 978-0140027624 ASIN: B000UZPBQS Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2.6 cm Shipping Weight: 240 g International Edition. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1476672073706
Book Description PENGUIN, 1970. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140027629