Thought of the Week: Gormenghast

I’m awfully excited!

Some time ago, I read an intriguing review by Ash Silverlock over on Fabulous Realms about an author I had never heard of, and a trilogy of books that had somehow passed me by.

It is a rambling tale of gothic masonry, doomed nobility, and isolation. It is a work of literature that, bizarrely, seems to have no journey, no passage; one in which the events are linked not by character or progression, but by the castle:

Gormenghast.

At least…so I am told. I haven’t read them yet. In fact, I would hand over the task of telling you about to Ash, who described them so well that I was compelled to seek them out.

And all I really have to say here is that I have them! I found the complete trilogy for $4.00 in a used book store. I am very excited; here is what people have said on the back of the book:

Mervyn Peake is a finer poet than Edgar Allan Poe…

Roberston Davies

Peake’s books are an addition to life…

C.S. Lewis

Many readers admire Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but fans of Mervyn Peake’s Titus trilogy maintain that this extravagant epic…is the true fantasy classic of our time.

Washington Post

Well…those are some big shoes to fill – I hope it lives up to it!

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