When I started reading this book I was expecting something else: something like a tale with small adventures, maybe something fantastic, maybe a little satire and especially a lot more action. The first few chapters passed on and nothing happened ... I read the dictionary almost as much as the book itself, as it uses a very refined vocabulary. But still there was something that made me keep reading. Perhaps it was my interest in reading the book. I looked for it at libraries and bookstores, but the Spanish edition was out of print and I had no way to find it, and that made me try to get it. So I turned to the English version.
The truth is that I found myself completely immersed in the small universe of the book. And what I liked is that, how well the different environments are described. It's so graphic, evocative, sensitive ... it is as if you were there. In some ways it reminded me of Tim Burton films.
I can say I liked it a lot. And I remember I laughed with it a few times. So it was worth it....Continua
Mervyn Peake creates an incredible world in Gormenghast that’s both fascinating and repulsive in equal measure. I’d honestly say this is probably the most beautifully written book I’ve ever read – at times I re-read entire pages to myself, just to enjoy the pleasure of reading beautifully expressed prose.
This book could be compared to The Lord of the Rings in that it describes a mythical world to incredible detail – but don’t worry – it’s populated by real people, not mythical dragons and daemons. Despite reading it over 30 years ago (aged 21), I can still remember some of the incredible scenes and strange names of characters – “Flay” (who is tall and thin with long limbs and knees that click when he walks), and “Swelter” – the fat cook who has rolls of fat around his corpulent body and is constantly sweating.
Needless to say – I loved this book. Highly recommended....Continua
This was a deeply descriptive book that took me into a world with fascinating characters who have their own idiosyncrasies. I look forward to reading what happens next to Titus in Gormenghast.
If Dickens and Sterne had tried to write together some kind of gothic fantasy stuff, this odd, dark, hard-to-define novel could have been the result.