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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,951 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mervyn Peake Narrator: Rupert Dega Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Deep in the labyrinthine corridors of Gormenghast Castle, a child is born. Titus, 77th Earl of Groan, is heir to arcane and all-embracing rituals that determine the activities of everyone from Lord Sepulchrave, his father, to the vast cook, Swelter, and the irrepressible Dr Prunesquallor. But not the steely and devious Steerpike, who will lie, cheat and even murder to get on.

One of the greatest feats of sustained imaginative writing, the world of Gormenghast Castle is brilliantly realised in this darkly fantastic novel. It's rich description and vivid characters make it one of the most enduringly popular works of the 20th century.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Chris Dodds | 2/17/2014

    " This is not a work of fiction. Instead, it was Mervyn Peake's attempt to document adjectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teresa | 2/14/2014

    " Not a book for everyone, but I really liked it. I read to escape, and it was an escape to fall into Gormenghast castle and its odd inhabitants. The family and their servants are stuck in their duties written in the book for the last 300 years. It takes the birth of the 77th Earl of Groan and an opportunistic servant to shake things up. Peake is an artist and he writes in a very descriptive, poetic way. I really enjoyed the book and his descriptive prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ticklish Owl | 2/14/2014

    " If you liked this book, you might also enjoy Foundling, Lamplighter, and Factotum by D.M. Cornish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine Schaff-Stump | 2/13/2014

    " Thick, furry, alternate, and important, Peake captures a different genre of fantasy that is the path less taken. "

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About the Author
Author Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Laurence Peake (1911–1968) was born and raised in China until the age of eleven. He went on to study at the Royal Academy School in London, where he developed as an artist, designer, and writer. He worked as an artist on the island of Sark for several years and returned to London to hold several exhibitions. During World War II he suffered a nervous breakdown and was invalided out of the army, but he became a war artist for The Leader. He also published illustrated verse and short stories for children, plays, short stories, and novels.