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Written like paint on canvas.
on 9 December 2003
Gormenghast is in my opinion the greatest work of imaginative, original and descriptive fiction I have ever read.
It isn't Tolkein, it's nothing like his work. It IS unique. The characters are brilliantly written, bright, mad, dark, and bad; the descriptive passages - which can be whole chapters long - could only have been written by an artist of Peake's ability. The attention to detail will blow your mind.
The plot is murderous - literally, with intrigue and betrayal, madness and merciless violence.
Heck, Peake went insane himself after writing about it so much.
If you're an author - or a wannabe writer - this book will probably have one of two effects on you - or both, but not simultaneously. First it will inspire you; but it can just as easily scare the crap out of you. It did me. But genius is genius. You can't argue with it, fake it or cultivate it. All you can do is admire it.
Thank you for reading this review.