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 – Climb upon my knee Nannie Slagg

The reading is now 18 chapters ahead – the writing is following at a slower pace.  In this chapter we get another glimpse into Fuchsia’s bedroom;- The sunlight was streaming through the eastern turrets and was lighting the Carvers battlements and touching the sides of the mountain beyond.  As the sun rose, thorn tree afterContinue reading “Titus Groan – Climb upon my knee Nannie Slagg”

Authors I have read – Thomas Hardy

‘The Authors I have read category only has one criterion – and that is I must have read at least more than one of their books. Of course, there are some books by this author I haven’t read yet like ‘Under the Greenwood tree’, and ‘A a pair of blue eyes’ but no doubt I shall getContinue reading “Authors I have read – Thomas Hardy”

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?”

‘Authors I’ve read – Sarah Waters’

           I am a huge fan of the writer Sarah Waters.   When the BBC series ‘Tipping the Velvet’ first appeared on our screens, I rushed out and got the book.  I was not disappointed!  The next book ‘The Fingersmith’ is a real twisty adventure ingeniously plotted (extremely far-fetched) but so clever – I foundContinue reading “‘Authors I’ve read – Sarah Waters’”

‘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’”

Authors I’ve read: Daphne Du Maurier ‘Rebecca

  I’ve read such a lot of Daphne Du Maurier books – some good and some better,  If I had to rate them, number one would surely be Rebecca.  The  first line sets the mood  of the book, as we are whisked away back in time to the mysterious Manderley and the equally mysterious Max De Winter. Continue reading “Authors I’ve read: Daphne Du Maurier ‘Rebecca”

‘Titus Groan – Fuchsia

  I’m speeding on with my re reading of Titus Groan.  I’m now on page 110.  Steerpike has escaped the locked room and is now on the roof of the castle, Lord Titus has fallen from the book of Law onto the floor with no injury and Flay has struck Swelter around the face with hisContinue reading “‘Titus Groan – Fuchsia”

‘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’”