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A fascinating and pleasurable read
on 29 May 2014
This first book in the Gormenghast series is a fine read. It isn't really the story of Titus Groan, heir to the Gormenghast "throne", as he is just a baby in this book. In some ways it's the story of Steerpike, the manipulative social climber, but it's difficult to pin down an exact protagonist in this book. It's more a story about the Gormenghast castle itself and the various characters in the book serve to highlight the castle and its relentless rituals.
The writing is more "descriptive" than the short-sentenced, punchy style of most books these days but Peake is a good writer and it's rarely a trial to read the prose. In many ways the story is a glum one and a lot of the characters in the book lead unhappy existences in Gormenghast castle, but it doesn't leave you, the reader, feeling glum or depressed. Rather, Peake's writing engenders more of a fascination and it becomes a genuine page-turner where you want to know what happens next in Gormanghast.
As far as the story is concerned: highly recommended. I cannot say the same for the quality of the ebook, which was riddled with more errors than I've ever seen in an ebook. You can usually figure out where words are wrong and it doesn't detract too much from the enjoyment of the book but it is an irritation. I've taken nothing off for that though as it's hardly Peake's fault.