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One of the Best Books Ever
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2018
This trilogy has sat on my shelf for a couple of years because it seems so daunting.
But when I started to read this I was hooked.
The author, Mervyn Peake writes like a painter or visual artist. You get every nuance from the scenes and characters as if you were looking at a magnificent painting or watching the greatest film.
The prose is absolute poetry as he was known chiefly as an illustrator and poet. I cannot describe how majestic these works are. Written in the mid 20th century it has more of a 19th-century feel which I adore. Think Poe with Dickens, maybe.
The story is a coming of age one, but really that doesn't happen with the eponymous character until late in this set of novels.
What you get are gorgeous descriptions of a land that is so far off in anybody's imagination that you will be nonplussed at the ingenuity and grandeur of it all. And again the prose, magnificent. If you don't like adjectives and beautiful word games go no further.
It's very dark, very weird, and above all extremely poignant. A fantasy that has reality tethered to the outrageousness of it all.
Possibly my favorite books of all time.
Gormenghast. Try a couple of pages and if you are not amazed then it's not for you.