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Extended Audio Sample Titus Awakes: Gormenghast, Volume 4 (The Lost Book of Gormenghast) (Unabridged), by Maeve Gilmore
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (89 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maeve Gilmore Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy is widely acknowledged to be, as Robertson Davies pronounced, a classic of our age. In these extraordinary novels, Peake created a world where all is like a dream - lush, fantastical, and vivid. Yet it was incomplete. Parkinson's disease took Peake's life in 1968, depriving his fans of the fourth and final volume of the series, Titus Awakes except for a few tantalizing pages, after which his writing became indecipherable. Or so it seemed.

In January of 2010, Peake's granddaughter found four composition books in her attic. They contained the fabled Titus Awakes in its entirety. Peake had outlined the novel for his wife, Maeve Gilmore, who had at last finished Peake's masterpiece.

It starts with Titus leaving Castle Gormenghast. Peake wrote: With every pace he drew away from Gormenghast mountain, and from everything that belonged to his home. That night, as Titus lay asleep in the tall barn, a nightmare held him. Fans of Peake will delight in this new, wonderful novel, published 100 years after his birth, every bit as thrilling and masterfully written as his famed trilogy.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Corey | 8/27/2012

    " It makes me sad how bad this is. Better to think about re-reading the magisterial Gormenghast trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jonathan | 4/10/2012

    " Not a lot to say. I don't think I would have missed much by not reading it. Only a couple of pages by Mervyn Peake, the rest was pretty dull, with a couple of instances of reasonable writing. A shame, but I shouldn't have expected too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Richard Pierce | 2/29/2012

    " I loved Peake's Gormenghast trilogy. This did not disappoint. I found the tone lighter, and room for hope in a desperate world. "

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