Titus Alone

By Mervyn Peake
Read by Simon Vance

The Gormenghast Trilogy: Book 3

7.57 Hours 01/01/2001 unabridged
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A doomed lord, an emergent hero, and an array of bizarre creatures haunt the world of the Gormenghast novels, considered to be some of the greatest fantasy classics of all time. At their center is the seventy-seventh earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom. In this third volume, Titus turns against the iron discipline of Gormenghast Castle, abdicating his throne and setting forth on an uncertain quest—for himself. His pilgrimage leads to encounters with mysteriously omnipotent police and a battle to the death with Veil, a fearsome ogre with a body like whips and a face that moves “like the shiftings of the gray slime of the pit.” In his quest for independence from his legacy, Titus successfully captures the universal struggle to “come of age.” This final installment in the Gormenghast trilogy is a fantastic triumph—a conquest awash in imagination, terror, and charm.

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Summary

Summary

A doomed lord, an emergent hero, and an array of bizarre creatures haunt the world of the Gormenghast novels, considered to be some of the greatest fantasy classics of all time. At their center is the seventy-seventh earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom.

In this third volume, Titus turns against the iron discipline of Gormenghast Castle, abdicating his throne and setting forth on an uncertain quest—for himself. His pilgrimage leads to encounters with mysteriously omnipotent police and a battle to the death with Veil, a fearsome ogre with a body like whips and a face that moves “like the shiftings of the gray slime of the pit.” In his quest for independence from his legacy, Titus successfully captures the universal struggle to “come of age.”

This final installment in the Gormenghast trilogy is a fantastic triumph—a conquest awash in imagination, terror, and charm.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Peake’s books] are actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience.” C. S. Lewis
“A feat of storytelling unmatched in wit or imagination.” SF Reviews
“Mervyn Peake is a finer poet than Edgar Allan Poe, and he is therefore able to maintain his world of fantasy brilliantly...It is a very, very great work…a classic of our age.” Robertson Davies on the Gormenghast trilogy

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Author Bio: Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Laurence Peake (1911–1968) was born and raised in China until the age of eleven. He went on to study at the Royal Academy School in London, where he developed as an artist, designer, and writer. He worked as an artist on the island of Sark for several years and then returned to London to hold several exhibitions. Peake has also published illustrated verse and short stories for children, plays, short stories, and novels.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 7.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English