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Titus tronföljaren (1946)

av Mervyn Peake

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Serier: Gormenghast (1)

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3,969992,882 (4.07)1 / 285
Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. HTML:First in the classic gothic trilogy. "A masterpiece . . . a moody, melancholy comedy with an underlying wit and profundity that cannot be denied." ??Speculiction
The basis for the 2000 BBC series
Now in development by Showtime
/> As the novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Meanwhile, far away and in the kitchen, a servant named Steerpike escapes his drudgework and begins an auspicious ascent to power.
Inside of Gormenghast, all events are predetermined by complex rituals, the origins of which are lost in time. The castle is peopled by dark characters in half-lit corridors. Dreamlike and macabre, Peake's extraordinary novel is one of the most astonishing and fantastic works in modern fiction.
Praise the Gormenghast Trilogy
"Mervyn Peake is a finer poet than Edgar Allan Poe, and he is therefore able to maintain his world of fantasy brilliantly through three novels. It is a very, very great work." ??Robertson Davies, New York Times-bestselling author
"A sumptuous, poetic epic . . . considered by some to have an equal or even greater degree of importance to the development of modern fantasy as Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings." ??SFF180
"Mervyn Peake's gothic masterpiece, the Gormenghast trilogy, begins with the superlative Titus Groan, a darkly humorous, stunningly complex tale of the first two years in the life of the heir to an ancient, rambling castle . . . This true classic is a feast of words unlike anything else in the world of fantasy. Those who explore Gormenghast castle will be richly rewarded." ??SFF Book… (mer)
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I can't even describe how much I loved this book. Peake's use of language was amazing and enthralling and I felt like I was being physically pulled into Gormenghast. Brilliant book. ( )
  beentsy | Aug 12, 2023 |
High 4. ( )
  TheScribblingMan | Jul 29, 2023 |
It's really good fantasy, but it's a sloooow burn. Maybe a bit too slow? The plot is just so all over the place. I'm not normally one to require a strong plot, but this one was a bit tough to get through because of that, and took me almost two months to finish (the longest it's taken me to read a book in a few years).

The prose was incredible, really superbly written. The tone, atmosphere, world/setting was also incredible. Gormenghast is an amazing place with so much history, and Peake gives the perfect amount of detail and backstory for certain things, as well as leaving the perfect amount of mystery. There are many little quirks with the world that leave the reader mystified and interested.

The characters were interesting in their own ways, and unique, but very one dimensional. Very few characters had any kind of growth through the book. Very few of the characters have more depth to them than the descriptions given to them in the first few pages of their introduction. I was blown away with the inventiveness of the characters in the beginning of the book, but found myself quite disappointed with the shallowness by the end.

Overall, I'd still recommend this to anyone who loves classic fantasy (LOTR), or anyone that reads prose-centric books. However be ready for a slow read. ( )
  Andjhostet | Jul 4, 2023 |
I could never get past the first few chapters until I listened to the audio book. So having passed through the initial curtain of words, this turns out to be quite impressive. Very unique. Bizarre characters, that can be initially off putting, but become more interesting as they are developed. There are any number of truly memorable scenes. The central protagonist Steerpike’s climb up the castle wall and on to the massive roof structure of Gormenghast is the kind of tableau I read fantasy fiction for. The author has an amazing sense of place.
About 50 pages before the end, the major storylines are completed, and the curtain of words drops again. So as much as I was fascinated by this , I’m not in a hurry to start the second novel right away. But I will read it.
Probably very influential on Edward Gorey, and Tim Burton and any number of people. Jack Vance might be influenced by him as well. The mud people that are master artisans of wood carving seems like a Vancian notion.
There is a biographical documentary about Mervyn Peake produced by the BBC that is worth hunting down and watching. A sad, but compelling story. ( )
  arthurfrayn | Jun 7, 2023 |
Amazing form (prose), lackluster content (lacking story) ( )
  milosdumbraci | May 5, 2023 |
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Peake, Mervynprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Burgess, AnthonyInledningmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Charpentier, AnnetteÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Harding, PeterOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Lee, AlanOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Pepper, RobertOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Ravano, AnnaÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Reichlin, SaulBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Robertson, MarkOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Gormenghast, that is, the main massing of the original stone, taken by itself would have displayed a certain ponderous quality were it possible to have ignored the circumfusion of those mean dwellings that swarmed like an epidemic around its outer walls.
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Swelter's eyes meet those of his enemy, and never was there held between four globes of gristle so sinister a hell of hatred. Had the flesh, the fibres, and the bones of the chef and those of Mr. Flay been conjured away and away down that dark corridor, leaving only their four eyes suspended in mid-air outside the Earl's door, then, surely, they must have reddened to the hue of Mars, reddened and smouldered, and at last broken into flame, so intense was their hatred - broken into flame and and circled about one another in ever-narrowing gyres and in swifter and yet swifter flight until, merged into one sizzling globe of ire they must have surely fled, the four in one, leaving a trail of blood behind them in the cold grey air of the corridor, until, screaming as they fly beneath innumerable arches and down endless passageways of Gormenghast, they found their eyeless bodies once again, and re-entrenched themselves in startled sockets.
It was not often that Flay approved of happiness in others. He saw in happiness the seeds of independence, and in independence the seeds of revolt.
Steerpike had an unusual gift. It was to understand a subject without appreciating it. He was almost entirely cerebral in his approach. But this could not easily be perceived; so shrewdly, so surely he seemed to enter into the heart of whatever he wished, in his words or his deeds, to mimic.
The library appeared to spread outwards from him as from a core. His dejection infected the air about him and diffused its illness upon every side. All thing in the long room absorbed his melancholia. The shadowing galleries brooded with slow anguish; the books receding into the deep corners, tier upon tier, seemed each a separate tragic note in a monumental fugue of volumes.
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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. HTML:First in the classic gothic trilogy. "A masterpiece . . . a moody, melancholy comedy with an underlying wit and profundity that cannot be denied." ??Speculiction
The basis for the 2000 BBC series
Now in development by Showtime
As the novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Meanwhile, far away and in the kitchen, a servant named Steerpike escapes his drudgework and begins an auspicious ascent to power.
Inside of Gormenghast, all events are predetermined by complex rituals, the origins of which are lost in time. The castle is peopled by dark characters in half-lit corridors. Dreamlike and macabre, Peake's extraordinary novel is one of the most astonishing and fantastic works in modern fiction.
Praise the Gormenghast Trilogy
"Mervyn Peake is a finer poet than Edgar Allan Poe, and he is therefore able to maintain his world of fantasy brilliantly through three novels. It is a very, very great work." ??Robertson Davies, New York Times-bestselling author
"A sumptuous, poetic epic . . . considered by some to have an equal or even greater degree of importance to the development of modern fantasy as Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings." ??SFF180
"Mervyn Peake's gothic masterpiece, the Gormenghast trilogy, begins with the superlative Titus Groan, a darkly humorous, stunningly complex tale of the first two years in the life of the heir to an ancient, rambling castle . . . This true classic is a feast of words unlike anything else in the world of fantasy. Those who explore Gormenghast castle will be richly rewarded." ??SFF Book

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