A Conversation for The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake

Great entry!

Post 1

Mina

I've just watched the BBC TV version of this, after finding the video at a car boot sale, and it was fantastic! I'll be sure to keep my eye out for the books now. smiley - ok Thanks!


Great entry!

Post 2

Researcher PSG

Good luck on the book huntsmiley - smiley. A word of warning though, for the first few chapters there is a severe danger of drowning in description, but it's worth sticking with it.

This is a good entry, but I do have one quibble, I don't think peake's war life was given enough of a mention. After all, he was invalided out of the army with a nervous breakdown in 1943, and then they re-employed him to go and paint the sick and dieing at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 (a sad irony, dieing after having supposedly being saved). I think experiences like that are worth more than a footnote, but maybe I'm just being pedantic.


Researcher PSG


Great entry!

Post 3

Mr. Legion

Great entry alright. smiley - ok I would have liked a bio of Flay, but that's just me. BTW, am I the only one who hasn't been able to get through 'Titus Alone'? Is it worth persevering?


Great entry!

Post 4

caper_plip

Hi there!

I hated Titus Alone, to tell you the truth. But go on with it...

I tried to keep as close as I could to Peake's literary life rather than anything else... yep...smiley - smiley

Thanks for the good feedback!smiley - ok

Caper Plipsmiley - runsmiley - football


Great entry!

Post 5

Swiv (decrepit postgrad)

I've been planning on reading Titus Alone for 3 years now - I loved the first two - but he went and killed off all my favourite characters.

good entry btw smiley - biggrin


Great entry!

Post 6

NailsAndSteel

You know, when my best friend found herself all wrapped up in these books, and in a tape someone made for her of the BBC TV version, I couldn't understand it, but the more I think about it, the more I think I should probably read the trilogy. I couldn't follow the video very well, but that might just have been the accents.


Britishisms!!!!!

Post 7

British :Stiff upper lip {Moody with wiT} Generally full of sh.......

Hey whats up with the britishisms?


Britishisms!!!!!

Post 8

caper_plip

What do you mean?


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Post 9

British :Stiff upper lip {Moody with wiT} Generally full of sh.......

Wot about the britishisms?


Britishisms!!!!!

Post 10

caper_plip

What Britishisms? Are you referring to the Entry? If so, please make this clear and your point...


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Post 11

British :Stiff upper lip {Moody with wiT} Generally full of sh.......

I was refering to the line i am american, so would appreciate a minimum of britishisms "nails and steel"
So no probably not the same entry your threads about, but i was interested in wheather americans do find it hard to understand or get english humour and use of language esspacialy on the T.V .
Rgds


Britishisms!!!!!

Post 12

caper_plip

Well, this isn't the place to discuss this... the Gormenghast Trilogy is a Gothic fantasy with hardly any humour...

Why don't you ask in Ask the H2G2 Community?

The link to that can be found here: A148907

Caper Plipsmiley - runsmiley - football


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Post 13

British :Stiff upper lip {Moody with wiT} Generally full of sh.......

oPPPs
smiley - doh


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Post 14

NailsAndSteel

You're right, this isn't the place to discuss it, but what I meant by that line is that sometimes I run across words or phrases that are different in British English than in American English. Usually, I can figure out what they mean without too much trouble, but sometimes they're a little over my head. And no, British humor and like that aren't really that hard for me to grasp, but sometimes my ear just has a little trouble following the different accent, especially when someone on TV is trying to acheive a "mood." That's all I meant. If the line is really bothersome or offensive to anybody, I'll remove it.


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Post 15

Sideliner

"the Gormenghast Trilogy is a Gothic fantasy with hardly any
humour..."

smiley - huh Hardly any humour? Which Gormenghast Trilogy were *you* reading?


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Post 16

caper_plip

...meaning that compared to your average sitcom, the Gormenghast Trilogy would not be put under that roof. When I made that post, the previous poster had intended to ask that question for a Talking Point on said sitcom topic, and had mistakenly posted on the Editor's Choice section, which is why I said it had hardly any humour.

Of course it's funnysmiley - biggrin Just in a different way to other pieces of comedysmiley - smiley

I hope that clarifies it.

Caper Plipsmiley - artist


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Post 17

Sideliner

Fair play. I've just been trying to imagine Prunesquallor as a serious protagonist. smiley - laugh

Gormenghastian humour *is* a trifle blacker than your average sitcom, I agree. smiley - biggrin


Great entry!

Post 18

Dave D'Agostino

I certainly agree with the above; a splendid entry. And I'm sure it won't lose it's bloom and youthful charm after only 20 years or so.

I've noticed a number of people in this thread expressing difficulty with Titus Alone. Well, I found it harder work than the first two books myself.

However, it's several years since I've read any of them, and I find that Titus Alone has stayed with me more vividly in many ways than the others... the clinical, scientfic world of Cheetah's father; the underworld where the only food was boiled weeds; Muzzlehatch and his car; Titus struggling with the modern world.

Am I the only one? Or has Titus Along struck a chord with anyone else?

D


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