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The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake
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Aug 21, 11

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Read from July 09 to August 08, 2011

I hardly know how to rate these books. The tone of the book is entirely negative - even the "positive" ending. Each character seems to be the personification of the most negative of human traits. Although the first two novels imply a static medieval world, the third novel reveals an alternative modern world beyond the castle. The motivations of the characters are not plausible; I suppose one could say this was done on purpose for "artistic" reasons. The plot is trivial, even comic. When I finished I asked: what was the point of that?

Peake is a marvelous descriptive writer. The majority of the more than a thousand pages are taken up with descriptions of all kinds. He is the Francisco Goya of literature.

My own response: I'm glad I'm done with it. I won't be back.
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