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Gormenghast

The Gormenghast Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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Gothic and sprawling, the ancient castle Gormenghast is the centerpiece of a kingdom cloistered in intrigue and dark rituals. Titus Groan, the kingdom's 77th earl, and his mother and sister are the castle's prisoners. Titus is 7 years old. So opens this second volume of Peake's titanic and sublimely ornate Gormenghast trilogy. Narrator Rupert Degas not only delivers the heightened prose with focus and energy but he also makes the entire novel more easily accessible by creating distinct and memorable character voices. As Peake paints with language, Degas faithfully weaves the poetic colors, shadows, and textures. Peake was a contemporary of Tolkien and a strong influence on the young George Lucas. An excellent introduction to Peake's enduring creation of high fantasy.

Summary

Continuing to mark 100 years since Mervyn Peake’s birth, Naxos AudioBooks releases the second novel in the cycle series. Gormenghast follows protagonist Titus (now the 77th earl of Gormenghast) from the age of seven to 17 and describes his desire to break free from the physical and psychological constraints of the castle. Meanwhile, the Machiavellian Steerpike continues his dastardly rise to power. But will he succeed?

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The ultimate fantasy.

This is like marmite,love in my case,great characters in Steerpike the kitchen boy
but then he turns into a great villain.The story twists and turns with great suprises

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Choking labyrinthine claustrophobia

A choking story of labyrinthine claustrophobia, as generations of a 'family' writhe and squirm in Gothic splendour

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Classic, genre expanding fantasy

Brilliantly written and brilliantly narrated, Gormenghast it's one of the greatest fantasy novels ever written. A thrilling, grotesque, and bleakly comic tale, it's a virtually flawless modern classic and I strongly recommend it.