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The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake
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Jun 05, 11

Amazing how many 5-star reviews admit to not finishing the trilogy and that the last novel is essentially illegible. Grade inflation I suppose.

Readers are apparently supposed to overlook the plodding plotlessness because the characters and descriptions are so uber incredible, or something. But the characters are mere stereotypes and cartoons (the obese drunken chef, pedantic chief servant, the dreamy romantic 15-year-old girl, etc) and the lack of plot has much to do with how lame these characters are. They do not confront much in the way of adversity, take very little action about anything, etc. The villain is interesting only in comparison. And yes the descriptions are very detailed indeed. They go on and on and on and on and on. I don't know why, but they do.

No, I didn't finish these books.
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