Titus Groan

by Mervyn Peake

Titus Groan

Paperback, 396 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $15.95 | purchase


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Book Summary

Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave and to Gormenghast Castle, is born and spends the first years of his life in a pinnacled castle amidst rituals and grotesque persons, in a new edition of the first volume in the macabre classic fantasy.

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Three Tales Of The Ghostly, Ghastly And Ghoulish

I first read Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan in adolescence — which was probably unwise. The land of his Gormenghast trilogy, a Gothic realm ruled by the Groans, a dynasty beset with insanity, intrigue, and the crushing burden of ritual, can invade the soul like rising damp.

Peake was thin-faced, wild-eyed, often manic, and exuded talent. He drew and painted as vividly as he wrote, until his decaying sanity leaked into his work. Before he could finish the third novel, Titus

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