Jul 14, 2020
Gormenghast
Posted by Mervyn Peake Jadwiga Piątkowska

Opisana w spos b nadzwyczaj plastyczny ponura zamkowa sceneria mog aby stanowi t o powie ci gotyckiej, ale Gormneghast ni nie jest brak tutaj charakterystycznych rekwizyt w tego gatunku, przede wszystkim element w nadprzyrodzonych, duch w, zjaw, tajemniczych zdarze Ca a niesamowito jest pochodzenia naturalnego To ludzkie nami tno ci i charaktery, cz sto przerysowanOpisana w spos b nadzwyczaj plastyczny ponura zamkowa sceneria mog aby stanowi t o powie ci gotyckiej, ale Gormneghast ni nie jest brak tutaj charakterystycznych rekwizyt w tego gatunku, przede wszystkim element w nadprzyrodzonych, duch w, zjaw, tajemniczych zdarze Ca a niesamowito jest pochodzenia naturalnego To ludzkie nami tno ci i charaktery, cz sto przerysowane, doprowadzone do granic absurdu, stwarzaj sytuacje pe ne grozy i napi cia, czasami okraszone specyficznym angielskim hum Na kartach powie ci Tytus Groan, siedemdziesi ty si dmy hrabia Gormenghast, przemienia si z ch opca w m odzie ca, dojrzewaj c powoli do buntu przeciwko u wi conej tradycji.

  • Title: Gormenghast
  • Author: Mervyn Peake Jadwiga Piątkowska
  • ISBN: 8371509030
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gormenghast Opisana w spos b nadzwyczaj plastyczny ponura zamkowa sceneria mog aby stanowi t o powie ci gotyckiej ale Gormneghast ni nie jest brak tutaj charakterystycznych rekwizyt w tego gatunku przede wszyst

    BillKerwin

    I like Titus Groan very much, but I like Gormenghast The visual set pieces are equally vivid, but the style seems less labored, fluid less like cubist painting and like a movie photographed by a cinematographer with a unique and eccentric palette At first I thought this was principally due to Peake s maturing style and I still believe that this is an important factor but I have also come to understand that the growing ease in style, the flow of the narrative, has changed because Gormenghast, [...]


    Cecily

    The sequel to the wonderful Titus Groan which I reviewed HERE At his christening, Titus, heir to the earldom of Gormenghast accidentally ripped the ancient book of ritual and at his earling aged 2 he blasphemed again by removing sacred objects and casting them into the lake That congenital rebellion comes to fruition in this book.Peake s illustration of Irma PrunesquallorThe DeadIt starts by summarising the ghostly demise of key characters from the first book and the mark they have left on Titus [...]


    J.G. Keely

    The Gormenghast books are considered to be the beginning of the mannerpunk genre, and along with Tolkien, Moorecock, and Howard, Peake is one of the fathers of the modern Fantasy genre Mannerpunk is a genre typified by complex psychology, plots driven by character interaction, and a strong sense of mood It is also notable for the characters rather than the world being fantastical In this sense, mannerpunk, and certainly the Gormenghast books, work in the vein of surrealism meaning not unreal , b [...]


    Bradley

    This classic fantasy still feels almost like allegory and real history wrapped around some of the most beautiful prose in literature Seriously The prose is really fantastic The names of things are both evocative and as predictive as shadows upon the wall outlines and no substance.The same is not true for the characters or the story itself Titus has many mini adventures from his childhood through his young adulthood, culminating in his ever present desire to free himself of his home s odd traditi [...]


    Paul Bryant

    Vaguely spoilerish remarks follow Stripped to the bone, Titus Groan and Gormenghast tell a simple story of pre socialist revolution and why it will inevitably fail Steerpike, the ostensible villain, the agent of historical transition, is the working class boy from the kitchens who fails to achieve full political consciousness, seeks no solidarity from his co workers, and decides to infiltrate the system from within, working alone The toadying middle classes Prunesquallor and his sister, all the [...]


    Olivier Delaye

    I have a problem I gave 5 stars to Titus Groan, book 1 in the Gormenghast trilogy, but I find the sequel to be even better So,hey , if you guys could kindly change the rating system, I would very much like to give Gormenghast, book 2 in the Gormenghast trilogy, six or perhaps even seven stars I m just kidding except that I m not This book was simply and utterly amazing It is exactly what Titus Groan is, but on steroids So if you re interested, go check my review of Titus Groan and remember that [...]


    midnightfaerie

    An excellent second book in a horrifically creepy trilogy As the second book in the trilogy, Gormenghast doesn t disappoint with even eccentric characters and mounting tension with our evil villain, Steerpike Gormenghast feels as if it s still a part of the first book, it flows so well In fact, by the way it ended, I almost could have seen the story ending there, and so I m somewhat perplexed as to how the third book is going to go For me, the main character out of the myriad of characters to c [...]


    Amanda

    This trilogy is amazing and this second book does not disappoint Again I had a bit of trouble getting into it but once I did I absolutely couldn t put it down We met a bunch of new characters in this one and some of them provided some much needed levity to a pretty creepy, bleak story I think my favorite scene was the party I don t think I ll ever think about a hot water bottle quite the same Watching Titus work through his rebellion was interesting too I originally thought he was going to be a [...]


    Megan Baxter

    How to rate this one Three stars or four Well, I m unlikely to read this again, so I guess three Or am I Maybe I ll try it again some day Four Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


    Stevie Kincade

    A kind of lull had settled upon the castle It was not that events were lacking, but that even those of major importance had about them a sense of unreality It was as though some strange wheel of destiny had brought the earth its pre ordained lacunaI reviewed Titus Groan earlier today and my main bone of contention is that Gormenghast , the 2nd book should really be called Titus Groan and the first book should be called Gormenghast Titus is only an infant in Titus Groan but in Gormenghast he come [...]


    trovateOrtensia

    Sono due mesi due che il secondo volume di Gormenghast mi chiama dallo scaffale dei libri da leggere con canto da sirena E sinora ho rimandato solo per posticipare il piacere della lettura.Stasera arrivato il momento, finalmente riparto per Gormenghast


    Kyle

    With Titus Groan, Peake awakened me to what is possible when writing pen and brilliant mind are in perfect harmony He created a tapestry of humanity and community uniquely compendious, woven together with threads of absolutely breathtaking writing Yet for all its magnificence, it s purpose was still largely to set the foundation for the second book, Gormenghast.And such a second book it is Gormenghast is Peake unleashed In its pages he manages to pry humanity open, examine and play with all its [...]


    Rory

    10 10Titus Groan was one of the very best books I ve ever read It had a fantastic setting, captivating characters, and, most importantly, outstanding prose It s sequel, Gormenghast, has all of these, and one thing as well a plot Whereas the plot of Titus Groan seemed to take a backseat to the other aspects of the book not that I minded, I was lost in Peake s wonderful writing , the story in Gormenghast is driven forwards by Steerpike s continued machinations and becomes exciting to read, as wel [...]


    fromcouchtomoon

    Titus Groan is born into innocence and privilege, then loses it through resentment, suffering, loss, and disillusionment, all within the walls of Gormenghast Is Gormenghast home or hell Is it sacred or evil And is his foster sister a magical dragon bird thing And now began the threading of a maze so labyrinthine as to suggest that the builders of the sunless walls had been ordered to construct a maze for no other purpose than to torture the mind and freeze the memory was only fear that held peop [...]


    S.

    Such drama and pageantry and characters Peake writes so well I wouldn t say it s a perfect book, but if you want excellent writing and vivid expression, colourful characters, settings and a plot with tension, I recommend this highly So lucky to have learned of this book on GoodReads Thank you to my well read friends.


    Linda

    Oh man, just as dark, exciting and heartbreaking as the first book Those last 100 pages were a roller coaster of emotions.


    Danie Ware

    I know it s a classic, I know it s groundbreaking and a phenomenal creative achievement I know his vision was superb, his plotting exact, his characters supremely well observed sympathetic and horrifying and humorous in equal measures, making the storyline complex than a simple tale of betrayal and vengeance inhale I know his prose is spectacularbut bloody hellfire does there have to be so MUCH of it Dear Gods I did get to the end this time it s previously defeated me on a couple of occasions b [...]


    Patrizia

    Quando ho iniziato il secondo volume della trilogia di Gormenghast, ho faticato a ritrovare l atmosfera che tanto mi aveva affascinata nel primo.Ma si trattato di un quasi rifiuto momentaneo Mi sono presto abituata al nuovo spirito che anima le pagine, comprendendone il senso e apprezzandolo.Il primo libro si apre con la nascita di Tito, un momento solenne e al tempo stesso un cambiamento nei ritmi di vita del Castello, che impariamo man mano a conoscere, nelle mille diramazioni del mostro di pi [...]


    Leah

    An extremely curious experience.I had no idea what to expect, except that I was expecting a lot This book is often mentioned in the same breath as that father of modern epic fantasy, The Lord of the Rings, and spoken of in hushed, reverent tones as a fantasy classic I ve put it on my fantasy shelf for want of a better place, but there is little of what you generally associate with that genre here In fact, but for the immense size and vast proportions of Gormenghast, this story could be historica [...]


    Aiden Heavilin

    To write a review of Gormenghast is as futile an endeavor as writing a review of a game of chess between two masters For, in the end, that is what the book comes down to, a contest between one player, wise and battle hardened, and another, youthful yet fierce The game is between the old and the new Peake coordinated the match, provided the pieces his characters, each intricately detailed with unique functions , and provided the board his castle, Gormenghast , that stony monster This book is noth [...]


    Michael

    Update After reading this book last year, I chose to give it 4 stars, my argument being that I was detracting one star for the slow pacing Then at the beginning of 2010, I determined that Gormenghast was 2 on my 10 Goodest Reads From 2009 list China Mieville s The Scar came in 1 So, umm, I m retroactively giving this n five stars, because I was clearly on crack when I didn t give it 5 before Below is the review of the book, which hasn t been changed At Gormenghast castle a castle so sprawling an [...]


    Metaphorosis

    I think I d only read Gormenghast the book once before, maybe twice, whereas I ve read the first book, Titus Groan, multiple times Unsurprisingly, I didn t remember this second book nearly as well as I did the first.The second book is also simply not as strong a book as the first Titus Groan is chock full of dark images and heavy symbolism seen through an obscuring cloud of gloom In Gormenghast, in contrast, Peake literally comes straight out and tells the reader what the symbols are This is mos [...]


    The Literary Chick

    The Gormenghast Trilogy is amazing I don t know whether it s because it was written by an artist, but it is without a doubt the most painterly novel I ve ever read Peake s use of language incredibly beautiful and visual Steerpike becomes so malignantly evil in the book, at some points I could only read short bits at a time And the operative word is becomes Peake draws Steerpike not merely as a one dimensional character, but allows you to see his mental and physical disintegration over time In th [...]


    Sumant

    The best word to describe this book is rebellious This the main theme of the book Although a lot happens in last 100 pages of the book, but the first 400 pages are definitely a drag.Some of the strong points of the book are1.Getrude comes out of her slumber.2.Titus rebellion is intriguing to read.3.Steerpike climb through castle hierarchy.Some of the weak points of the book are1.Fuchsia is still a enigma.2.Peake just keeps beating around the bush.Let me expand on the above points1.Getrude comes [...]


    Campbell

    March 2017 Edit re read for a book club Still astonishing This was, not to put too fine a point on it, bloody marvellous Within its overall marveltudinosity there was a passage of such sublime wonderment that, I think, it may just be my favourite passage ever I was going to link to it but, I feel, you deserve to receive it in its entire resplendence here Indulge me, won t you, for it s rather a lengthy piece but it s for your own benefit and general betterment Here it is, in full And the days mo [...]


    Bronislava Sencakova

    Pre m a e te lep diel ne prv Zaober sa udalos ami na Gormenghaste v ase Titovho dospievania 7 a cca 19 rokov , pri om prv diel opisoval prv dva roky jeho ivota.Pr beh je tak stredoveko civiln a le na hranici medzi realitou a fant ziou Keby nemal arcizloduch Konc erven o i, tak p sob ako plne be n politik Lesn epiz dy a cel l nia s Tamtou mi atmosf rou trochu pripom nali moju ob ben myt govsk s riu.Peake bol nielen spisovate , ale hlavne ilustr tor a v opisoch ud , vec , prostredia i deja to c ti [...]


    Greg

    The stage is built, my blueprint which I often draw of literary villages castles, etc having been inspired to do so by Mark Bennett and his fabulous fantasy work entitled TV Sets Fantasy Blueprints of Classic TV Homes yes, exactly, you might think, that s where Ginger and Mary Anne must have sun bathed is drawn, I m ready for another visit to Gormenghast From a literary point of view, Titus Groan is complete, in and of itself that s why we really can t call Gormenghast part of a trilogy, as it t [...]


    Emelia

    This was my second time reading this trilogy or is it my third Either way I love it every time I read it and find something new each time.Some people say it is too lengthy to read, or a literary bog of words.But I like it.It has textures, swirls, tangled tangents, and characters that are quirky and fun.Albeit a bit disturbed, but fun.A review is impossible, for me anyway, to write Just too much going on to describe it all.Though some of my gifted friends here on GR s would have no problems I am [...]


    Antonis

    Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake is a unique book It is an incomparable masterpiece by one of the most amazing and interesting authors I have ever had the chance to read And I say amazing with the true meaning of the word as this is a book that will amaze you constantly while reading it See, Peake s writing is not like anything one might have read I m can safely say that Peake must have been a very bold and perceptive man He sees things that are obvious but always stay out of sight, he explores thoug [...]


    William Herschel

    If I could afford to judge people by their opinion of a book this one just might be it.This was 10x better than Titus Groan Or perhaps I was simply adapted to the setting and writing style this time around But this definitely had a better balance of description, characters, action, grimness, humourThe first two books of the Gormenghast trilogy center around a vast castle governed by monarchy and strange, symbolic rituals rituals in which even the inhabitants are unaware of the symbolism for, so [...]



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