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 title 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:
"Mr Peake's first novel holds one with its glittering eye - It has a genuine plot in the strictest sense, and it persuades you to read on simply in order to know what will happen - its gallery of characters is wonderful" ( Nation)
"A gorgeous volcanic eruption... A work of extraordinary imagination" ( New Yorker)
" The Gormenghast Trilogy is one of the most important works of the imagination to come out of [this] age" (Anthony Burgess Spectator)
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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