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5.0 out of 5 stars
Gormenghast meets Being John Malkovich, 4 Nov. 2001
The synopsis doesn't begin to do justice to this outstanding book.
Some guy is in love. There's another guy who's rather paranoid. And a third guy who's trapped in a castle. So what?
But trust me, from these seemingly unremarkable scenarios a staggeringly imaginative story emerges. You'll start by laughing at crazy world of the paranoid Grout, then meet Quiss in the next chapter, and suddenly Grout doesn't seem as crazy. It's a mastery piece of storytelling, and that's just the first chapter.
And then there's the highlight of the book: the weirdly surreal neo-gothic castle that Quiss inhabits. It's as if Mervyn Peake had written Gormenghast after watching the film Being John Malkovich. Fans of Banks' sci-fi novels will not be disappointed.
Read this book or regret it forever.