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Mr. Pye [Hardcover]

Mervyn Peake
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Jun 1984
Equipped with love, Mr Harold Pye lands on the island of Sark, his mission to convert the islanders into a crusading force for the undiluted goodness that he feels within. The extraordinary inhabitants of the island range fromthe formidable Miss George in her purple busby to the wanton, raven-haired Tintagieu, 'five foot three inches of sex'. Mr Pye, however, is prone to excess and in the increasingly personalised struggle between good and evil, excess is very nearly his downfall.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Overlook Pr; Reprint edition (Jun 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087951955X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879519551
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The novel gives a clear sense of Sark as somewhere both remarkable and beautiful." (The Guardian)

"I am delighted to meet you,' trills Mr Pye to a fisherman. 'Are you, eh, you fat little porker,' the thug replies. 'B- you." (-)

"Peake has been praised, but he has also been mistrusted," observed Anthony Burgess in his introduction to Titus Groan . "His prose works are not easily classifiable: they are unique as, say, the books of Peacock or Lovecraft are unique . . . It is difficult, in postwar English writing, to get away with big rhetorical gestures. Peake manages it because, with him, grandiloquence never means diffuseness; there is no musical emptiness in the most romantic of his descriptions; he is always exact." (Anthony Burgess)

"The fable is cleverly and gracefully resolved and the final scenes are a joy to read. Peake's illustrations complement the novel very well and these, too, are examples of his charm, of his enormous illustrative range." (Washington Post) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Brimming with good cheer, Mr Pye decides to bring peace and love to Sark's 289 eccentric inhabitants. This is a charming fable about the battle bewteen good and evil. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect Gormenghast... 28 Jan 2013
After Gormenghast, I was hungry for more work by this superb author and happily, I came by this. Mr. Pye started off rather slowly, but by the third chapter I was utterly hooked by this simple, yet powerful fable of morality. It doesn't hit the heights of the Gormenghast Trilogy by a long shot but it is a very different creature all together. Most certainly worth a look
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Pye - a fun tale for our time 23 Jan 2013
By Buddy
Format:Kindle Edition
A delightful, delicious & sometimes mischievous account of one man's attempts to find a meaningful role for himself. Highly amusing & increasingly intriguing. Skilful characterisation of the main cast.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent contrast to Gormenghast. 13 May 2002
By A Customer
Although this book is not quite "Gormenghast" it still shows off Peake's exquisite descriptive powers. Not as gloomy or epic as his masterpiece, it has a much simpler plot, however "Mr Pye" keeps the same eccentric characterisation and rich dickensian writing style that makes Peake such a brilliant writer.
Some have said that the book is childlike in it's plot and dialogue. This is completely untrue. Although very humerous, "Mr Pye" is at times deeply disturbing, as one would naturally expect with Mervyn peake.
So, although very different atmospherically to "Gormenghast", this book is still very well worth a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Pye 10 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was rather far-fetched in plot. We read it as a group and enjoyed the picture it gave us of Sark and its way of life.
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