Titus Groan: Swelter receives a surprise

Well I finished Titus Groan  a several weeks ago.  I saw him safely come into his Kingdom and I have been propelled five years into the future.  Ghosts haunt Gormenghast – but some aren’t dead.  Flay is living, not roughly but quite nicely thank you.  He has now acquired two caves for himself, which heContinue reading “Titus Groan: Swelter receives a surprise”

Titus Groan: Keda

I’ve not wrote about my re reading of Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake for a while.  But that doesn’t mean that I’ve haven’t been reading it.  I have and am very nearly finished the first book and shall be soon into Gormenghast itself.   But as far as the writing concerned, I am up to theContinue reading “Titus Groan: Keda”

Titus Groan – Nannie Slagg’s outing

Back to the story.  I am now more than half way through ‘Titus Groan’, the writing is miles behind though…. This chapter deals with Nannie Slagg undertaking to get baby Titus a wet-nurse from the dwellings outside the castle. The acacia trees, silhouetted on her right, cut patterns against the mountain and on her left glowed dimlyContinue reading “Titus Groan – Nannie Slagg’s outing”

Titus Groan: Lord Sepulchrave – why the long face?

This chapter gives us a better idea of the melancholy Sepulchrave, the man and his world as he starts his morning in the Stone Hall, where his ancestors have before him.  The raised table gives him a good view of the refectory and its ancient ceiling:- On either side and running the entire length, great pillars propContinue reading “Titus Groan: Lord Sepulchrave – why the long face?”

Titus Groan: A gold ring for Titus

I am galloping through this book, now on page 150 which is about halfway through ‘Titus Groan’.  The writing though is about 100 pages behind.  In this chapter his mother names him.  It also gives us another look at the Countess’s relationship with Slagg, Prunesquallor and her new-born  son.  Peake gives us a descriptive glimpse into Titus’sContinue reading “Titus Groan: A gold ring for Titus”

‘Titus Groan: The 76th Countess of Groan’

Peake excites our anticipation  of seeing the Countess, by allowing us a look through the keyhole into the room of white cats.  The black door of her room has a white cat emblazoned on it and on the landing outside, pictures of birds adorn the walls. The interior of the room is not as orderly though.  Bird seed is piled up,Continue reading “‘Titus Groan: The 76th Countess of Groan’”

‘Titus Groan: Dr through the spyhole’

Several clues to the next characters of the castle are given in this chapter.  Flay approaches one of the portraits in the octagonal room, pushes the frame to one side, to reveal a round hole in the panelling;-   From his vantage point he was able to get a clear view of three doors in aContinue reading “‘Titus Groan: Dr through the spyhole’”

‘Steerpike – the high shouldered (soon to be high handed) one’

      When we first encounter Steerpike the kitchen boy, he is trying to escape from Swelter’s kitchen.  Using Flay’s footsteps as a marker to get  into the upper world of the castle, he seems well – just a boy.  He is seventeen years old with high shoulders, smouldering eyes and obviously intelligent.  FromContinue reading “‘Steerpike – the high shouldered (soon to be high handed) one’”

‘Titus Groan: Swelter – poetry in slow motion’

 Deep in the bowels of the castle,  Flay looks on furtively at  the drunken revelry  going on around him.  The celebration of the birth of the heir to Gormenghast is well underway now, the kitchen has celebrated all day and it really shows.  Peake is at his most descriptive here: you can almost feel the heat raging fromContinue reading “‘Titus Groan: Swelter – poetry in slow motion’”

‘Re Reading of ‘Titus Groan/Gormenghast’ – background information’

I first read these books many years ago – and loved them.  Every couple of years I would read them again, totally immersing myself. It has been quite a while since I last read these books now.  I have read the third book in the trilogy about three times  – but though I have persevered, I foundContinue reading “‘Re Reading of ‘Titus Groan/Gormenghast’ – background information’”