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Not the lost book of Gormenghast,
This review is from: Titus Awakes: The Lost Book of Gormenghast (Paperback)
As a huge fan of the Gormenghast books, I was hesitant about reading this but curiosity finally got the better of me. However, I didn't expect to be blown away and I wasn't.
Mauve Gilmore doesn't do a bad job of continuing Titus' story, although her writing style is amaturish and slightly pretensious. What is the reader supposed to make of lines like: 'He was both in a dream and not in a dream'? The main problem is that the story is episodic as Titus drifts from one scape to another with no real point to his wanderings. Gilmore's focus is not as sharp as her husband's and I sometimes had no idea what was supposed to be going on. The main point of interest is that we get a new perspective on the character from a female writer, especially early in the book when he abandons his lover and child. The mood is generally sombre, lacking the humour that Peake could inject with a line of dialogue or a character description. There are endless recollections of characters and scenes from the previous books that get a bit tedious and are at times pointless (why does Titus shout 'Fuchsia' when pointing at his pregnant lover's belly???).
Overall, this is best viewed as a curiousity, a glimpse of what might have been, rather than the 'lost book of Gormenghast' as it says on the cover.