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The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake
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One of my favorite books. I've read it several times. I have the three book in one edition so it reads like one BIG STORY. Steerpike is one of most endearingly horrible character in literature. He's an anti-hero who almost becomes heroic. Gormenghast itself is mythic in its creation.

This book is about everything.

Added note on the last reread. "I don't think the last novel works as well as I used to with the first two novels. Just a thought. On another reading, I realize how much Steerpike is just the shadow of Titus Groan, and the main character of this story is really the city of Gormenghast and its traditions. Love it. Masterful.
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“Cold love’s the loveliest love of all. So clear, so crisp, so empty. In short, so civilized.”
Mervyn Peake, The Gormenghast Novels

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