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Via da Gormenghast (Gormenghast #3)

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Quando, alla fine del secondo pannello della trilogia, il giovane Tito, signore di Gormenghast, trova la forza di strapparsi al suo reame, la cui bellezza si è ormai corrotta in cupa fatiscenza, le parole della madre – «Non esiste un altrove. Tutto conduce a Gormenghast» – sembrano richiudersi sulla sua fuga come una pietra tombale. Scoprirà che un altrove esiste, ma che è ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca Adelphi #552, 329 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Adelphi (first published 1959)
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Kyle
Mar 01, 2013 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
-I'm going to just come right out and say it:

Mervyn Peake is the greatest writer of the English language the world has ever known. There. I said it, and I can't take it back. It's out there now, floating on the interwebs, for the world to disagree with. But at this point, I don't care if the world disagrees with me; I'm tuning the naysayers out with my rightness. Obviously I haven't read every writer of the English language, so there is the possibility that I'm wrong; but, even if I am wrong, I
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Bill  Kerwin
Dec 01, 2012 Bill Kerwin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Titus Alone has the charms and eccentricities, the verbal and visual beauties of its two formidable predecessors, but it is only about half as long as they are, with extremely short chapters, and it lacks their concentrated richness, their depth and perspective.

Is it a radical departure, a sleeker, more streamlined work, its short chapters and overall length appropriate to its more modern setting? Or is it a diseased creation, the production of an artistically disappointed man who had suffered
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Brad
Dec 03, 2016 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waffled a little bit between three and four stars, but in the end Peake's use of language won over the rather odd plot departure in this third book.

I didn't mind that Titus was a stranger in a strange land or that he has apparently skipped far into the future where he's among moderns with airplanes or even stranger "seeing" devices or oddly strange ways of transportation upon one's side. All of that appeared to be a hop into the future beyond when this was written, too, so I'm going to call th
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Cecily
Titus Groan and Gormenghast are two of my ten favourite books (reviewed on my Favourites shelf), but despite some wonderful language, I struggled with this one, intriguing as it is. My first reading was not enjoyable – it was so far from what I was familiar with and what I expected. Subsequent readings have endeared it to me.


Peake's illustration of Muzzlehatch

Plot

In this, Titus, seventy-seventh earl of Gormenghast is 22 and wandering unknown lands. He is invariably being rescued, nursed or runn
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J.G. Keely
Mervyn Peake was, by all accounts, a powerful presence, an electric character, and a singular creative force. While Tolkien's poetry is the part everyone skips, Peake's invigorates his books. His voice and tone are unique in the English language, and his characterization is delightfully, grotesquely vivid. As an illustrator, he was perhaps somewhat less precise than Dore, but more evocative than Beardsley.

His life and his vision were singular, from his birth in China to his years on the channel
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Sumant
Jul 17, 2016 Sumant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, gormenghast
The last book in the Gormenghast series was sadly a big let down for me, although I loved the peculiarity of first two books in the series, but things got a lot weird and meaningless for me in this book. Also out of the characters introduced to us in the first two, we have only Titus for company, but sadly he also become a completely unidentifiable character in this book.

Some of the weak points of the book are

1.Story went no where.
2.Characters not well cast out.
3.Unsatisfactory ending.

Let me ela
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Paul Bryant
Sep 27, 2007 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Mervyn Peake was the Buddy Holly of literature - there was absolutely no doubt that he would have written a great third volume of the Gormenghast saga, but he fell victim to early onset dementia, and all we have are the scraps of notes from this last unhappy period; just as we know full well that the void between 1960 and the rise of the Beatles in 63 would have been filled magnificently by Buddy Holly, whose musical imagination had already at age 22 impressed all with his huge potential. But we ...more
Vit Babenco
Jan 30, 2014 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At last Titus is at large and free to choose whatever he wishes but instead of happiness he feels like an uprooted tree. And wherever he goes he can’t find any gratification. To be a roofless rover and to move from pillar to post is now his destiny.
“The empty darkness of the wall which faced him gave him no answer. He touched it with his hand.
Who was he? There was no knowing. He shut his eyes again. In a few moments there was no noise at all, and then the scuffling sound of a bird in the ivy out
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Amanda
Dec 07, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 that I'm rounding up because the trilogy as a whole was awesome this book just didn't have the same magic as the first two.
Megan Baxter
I have a rocky relationship with the Gormenghast book. I've often found the writing style too ornate - deliciously descriptive, true, but also sometimes so adorned that I can't tell what the hell is going on. I found the second book more readable than the first. I find the third more readable than the previous two. The problem is, while it was a more pleasant read, I'm not sure why it exists.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. Y
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Jordan West
Feb 27, 2015 Jordan West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it has only taken me fourteen years, but I have finished the trilogy at last; I read the first volume back in 2001 as a high school sophomore, and enjoyed it, but at the time I was being carried along by a seemingly endless wave of writers to discover and rediscover that I didn't fully appreciate it at the time. However, better late than never, and while, as others have noted, Peake's illness left this feeling rather like a condensed version of a larger book (and as much as I miss my favor ...more
Linda
Dec 03, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
A decent wrap up to the trilogy, but it was not as satisfying as the first two books having not taken place within the walls of Gormenghast with all the characters I have come to know and love. But, the weirdness of the new characters and scenes, along with Peake's way with imaginative descriptions, were still all there to be savored.
fromcouchtomoon
Jan 02, 2016 fromcouchtomoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a child's toy viewfinder, the short chapters glimpse into a different kind of reality, away from Gormenghast, where kings and dungeons exist alongside skyscrapers and sports stadiums. Gormenghast doesn't seem so weird anymore. And is that a drone Peake is imagining in 1959?

The vast difference in quality between Gormenghast and Titus Alone is due to Peake's battle with dementia toward the end of his life. It's a sad impact to the quality of his work, but an excellent study in the difference
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Metaphorosis
Titus Groan (the first book) is always the one that has stuck in my mind. I recall that on seeing the BBC DVD (based on books I and II), I was surprised by some of what it contained, and only on my recent re-read of Gormenghast (the second book) did its contents slowly come back to me. I was unable to recall any of Titus Alone, and I now think it was for the simple reason that I never actually got around to it (though I thought I had read the entire trilogy).

It's also possible that I just don't
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Michael
Although the three Gormenghast novels are now thought of as a trilogy, I wonder how appropriate this designation is. Peake's intention with the series was to tell the entire life story of the character Titus Groan, and he was working on the fourth book in this series at the time of his death. He planned to write five volumes in the series, the fourth and fifth being "Titus Awakens" and "Gormenghast Revisited." Clearly Peake didn't think of this book as the conclusion to a trilogy, but a middle-s ...more
Stevie Kincade
Mar 20, 2017 Stevie Kincade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, fantasy
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midnightfaerie
Apr 18, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
"I am tired of your words," said Titus.
"I use them as a kind of lattice-work," said Muzzlehatch. "They hide me away from me...let alone from you. Words can be tiresome as a swarm of insects. They can prick and buzz! Words can be no more than a series of farts; or on the other hand they can be adamantine, obdurate, inviolable, stone upon stone. Rather like your 'so-called Gormenghast' (you notice that I use the same phrase again. The phrase that makes you cross?) For although you have learned, it
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Wyatt Spear
Apr 23, 2015 Wyatt Spear rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book achieves the rare feat of making the other books in the series feel worse on reflection. Titus, it turns out, is an utterly unlikable pill of a human being who, despite his lack of redeeming qualities and a general attitude of entitled unpleasantness, finds a number of people more than willing to risk life, limb and livelihood to befriend, love and help him for no discernible reason. These encounters are monotonous in their unbelievable convenience for our despicable protagonist. Such ...more
Greg
The Gormenghast trilogy is in my all time favourites list. The writing is incredible. I read the three books straight through as one. The second, Gormenghast is the best. After this Gothic Fantasy, anything I read seemed flat and boring for a while.
Eloise Mcallister
As weird as ever. Creepy phrases and bizarre characters, always a winner.

'Under a light to strangle infants by,' is the best set up I have ever read.
William Herschel
I met this with mixed feelings and finished it with not much of a resolution in that regard. :/

This is the third book completed by Mervyn Peake, centering around the character Titus Groan, Seventy-Seventh Earl of Gormenghast. Peake was struggling with a degenerative disease and this book was apparently compiled together from various manuscripts... it shows.

First, you have Titus Groan. Throughout the first book he is but an infant, and in the second still remains rather elusive and dull compared
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Kieran Double
Feb 26, 2017 Kieran Double rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I adored the first two books in the series, but I didn't think they deserved five stars. Four and a half, maybe, but not five. 'Titus Alone' is a masterpiece. I have no other words for it.

When I first read the blurb, I was worried. Gormenghast without Gormenghast, how on earth could that work? But that's exactly why it works and why it is so much better than the first two books. It is more abstract, more literary, and less straightforward. For these reasons, it runs circles around the others. I
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Joseph
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Carlos
Jun 02, 2011 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
I was already aware of the consensus that "Titus Alone" was widely considered a severe let-down after the first two Gormenghast books, so my expectations were low to begin with. However, despite the obvious shift from those earlier works, Peake's talent, his love of language, his creativity and his knack for unique characters still shine through, so that while a little tricky at first, I soon found myself enraptured in the story just as I had with the previous novels.

It is hard to leave Gormengh
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Yngvild
Jun 10, 2010 Yngvild rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
Titus Alone is an odd duck, not really one of the Gormenghast novels. Although the main character is supposed to be Titus Groan, it could be any homeless youth for most of the book. Even the writing style and chronology are wrong. Whereas the Gormenghast novels were classically gothic with gloomy castles and ragged peasants, Titus Alone involves cocktail parties and sports cars. Titus left Gormenghast in the previous volume on horseback; here he returns by aircraft.

There is also a long section
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Ratiocination
Aug 25, 2008 Ratiocination rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Getting through this one was work. I doubt I would have finished it if I hadn't enjoyed the first two so much. Peake made some weird choices in terms of setting a Gormenghast book completely outside of Gormenghast, and giving a previously timeless series clear twentieth-century markers. Basically the only thing that carries forward from the first two is the title character, who was a small child until midway through the second book. That would be fine if the new material were interesting in its ...more
Daria Unglued
Dec 30, 2016 Daria Unglued rated it it was amazing
La quinta stella è sulla fiducia. Fiducia nel fatto che se Peake fosse stato abbastanza bene da revisionare da solo i suoi dattiloscritti, il libro sarebbe stato un capolavoro di perfezione come i due precedenti.
Antonis
Jan 31, 2013 Antonis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 / 5

And thus, having turned the final page of Mervyn Peake’s masterpiece, a journey is ended. A journey magical, unique, wonderful and amazing, through lands and characters and thoughts and symbolism, born on the wings of Peake’s unrivalled and incomparable prose. But what is Titus Alone and why is it so good, I hear you asking! Let me start from the beginning!
Titus Alone, by Mervyn Peake, is the final book of the Gormenghast trilogy. It is the final book not because Peake intended so (on the c
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The Usual
Jun 23, 2016 The Usual rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caveat Lector! Titus Alone is a very different beastie to its predecessors, and this leads to the inevitable problem. You see, anyone who has read the first two books and enjoyed them probably did so because of the immersive nature of the text, its gallery of grotesques, and the brooding presence of the castle itself; you relax into the slow pace of the writing like a warm bath. It's easy to fall into the trap of expecting more of the same, and here Peake fails to deliver. In fact, it's hard to ...more
Tim
Jan 14, 2014 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There must be people, in this takes-all-kinds world, who like "Titus Alone" better than the two Gormenghast novels that preceded it. But I can't imagine who they are. Not that the third novel is bad — it isn't; it's decent — but people who liked the first two enough to read the third are likely to be a bit stunned by what they encounter, for "Titus Alone" bears little resemblance to its predecessors.

A novel that probably should come with a warning label (and, by the way, this review is going to
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Mervyn Laurence Peake was an English modernist writer, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books, though the Titus books would be more accurate: the three works that exist were the beginning of what Peake conceived as a lengthy cycle, following his protagonist Titus Groan from cradle to grave, but Peake's untimely death prevented compl ...more
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“The sun sank with a sob and darkness waded in from all horizons so that the sky contracted and there was no more light left in the world, when, at this very moment of annihilation, the moon, as though she had been waiting for her cue, sailed up the night.” 8 likes
“But there were also times when she cried out in the darkness biting her lips - cried out against the substance of her age: for it was now that she should be young; now above all other times, with the wisdom in her, the wisdom that was frittered away in her 'teens', set aside in her twenties, now, lying there, palpable and with forty summers gone. She clenched her hands together. What good was wisdom; what good was anything when the fawn is fled from the grove?” 7 likes
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