Review of 'Gormenghast'

Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
2nd book in the 'Gormenghast' series

The second book of the Gormenghast trilogy is the most elaborate and expansive of the three. This is the story of Titus as he comes of age and the continuing rampages of Steerpike through the main characters (with many bloody murders scattered throughout). We see the anticipated redemption of Flay and the fate of Steerpikes ambitions in addition to Irma's attempts at finding a suitable husband. Peake's dark vision of a fantasy world is disturbing and inspiring at the same time leading the reader to continually turn the pages to find out what happens next. The descriptive narrative is often ponderous but ultimately rewarding in the execution of plot. A worthy successor to Titus Groan this book elaborates on the elements that made the first book so good.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2004-10-30

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Methuen

Publication Date: 1950

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