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PEAKE, M.: Titus Groan (Abridged)

Author(s):Peake, Mervyn
Artist(s) Degas, Rupert, Reader
Genre Spoken Word
Category Classic Fiction
Catalogue NA0063
Label Naxos AudioBooks
Quality   48kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 28.98
 

 


Deep in the labyrinthine corridors of Gormenghast Castle, a child is born. Titus, 77th Earl of Groan, is heir to arcane and all-embracing rituals that determine the activities of everyone from Lord Sepulchrave, his father, to the vast cook, Swelter, and the irrepressible Dr Prunesquallor. But not the steely and devious Steerpike, who will lie, cheat and even murder to get on.

One of the greatest feats of sustained imaginative writing, the world of Gormenghast Castle is brilliantly realised in this darkly fantastic novel. Its rich description and vivid characters make it one of the most enduringly popular works of the 20th century.


   




Review By Francine Levitov ,Sound Commentary,March 2011

Gormenghast Castle, dark, vast, decaying, and populated by a dull-witted and regimented assortment of eccentrics and grotesques, is on the brink of a shake up. Into this rigidly routinized world come two forces of change. The first is the extraordinarily hideous infant, Titus Groan, the 77th Earl of Gormenghast, whose unheralded birth surprises and awakens the inert populace. The second is the emergence of Steerpike, an ambitious, intelligent and manipulative kitchen servant, eager to carve himself a place in the new order.

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