Titus GroanBook - 1982
As the novel opens, Titus, heir to LordSepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of ramblingstone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events arepredetermined by a complex ritual whose origins are lost in history and thecastle is peopled by dark characters in half-lit corridors. Dreamlike andmacabre, Peake's extraordinary novel is one of the most astonishing andfantastic works in modern English fiction.
An undisputed classic of epic fantasy, MervynPeake’s Gormenghast novels represent one of the most brilliantly sustainedflights of Gothic imagination.
Baker & Taylor
Titus, heir to the earldom of Groan, is born and spends the first years of his life in a pinnacled castle amidst rituals and grotesque persons
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As pirates in the hot brine-shallows wading, make, face to face, their comber-hindered lunges, sun-blind, fly-agonied, and browed with pearls, so here the timbers leaned, moonlight misled and the rank webs impeded. It was necessary to ignore them-to ignore them as they tickled the face and fastened themselves about the mouth and eyes. To realize that although between the sword and the hand, the hand and the elbow, the elbow and the body, the slivery webs hung like tropical festoons, and although the naked steel was as though delivered in its caul, that the limbs were free to move, as free as ever before. The speed of the swung cleaver woud in no way be retarded. The secret was to ignore.
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