[LMB] OT: What I read on my winter vacation

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sat Jan 9 14:13:12 GMT 2016


> On Jan 9, 2016, at 7:04 AM, Gretchen Wright <gretchen.wright at rcn.com> wrote:
> 
> Gormenghast – This became available on my building’s exchange shelf. I didn’t know much about it, but I recognized the title, probably because of mention on this list, so I snatched it up. Looking for background on it, I found this article:
> 
> http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/aug/16/gormenghast-masterpiece-mervyn-peake
> 
> It compares Gormenghast to LOTR. I am left feeling, how did I not know about this in my childhood/young-adulthood, around the same time I discovered Tolkien? Once dipping into it, I was immediately hooked. I feel that if I had only had the description that it is “Gothic fantasy,” I wouldn’t have expected to like it. (It’s frustrating for me because it’s very hard for me to predict what I will like based on reviews.) But everything about it delights me: the world-building, the characters, the language. The language is so over-the-top (florid vocabulary and sentence structure) that I keep thinking, “He shouldn’t be able to get away with this. But he does.”

I wish the series had been finished.     There was a TV mini-series (probably based upon the first book).


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