I simply can't say enough about this masterpiece.
This is he tome I've been looking for all my life.
The book is set in the huge castle of Gormenghast, a vast landscape of crumbling towers and ivy-filled quadrangles that has for centuries been the hereditary residence of the Groan family and with them a legion of servants.
Creepy, gothic, musty, mystic, epic, brilliant.
is a virtual lterary god, an anomoly, not unlike John Kennedy O'Toole (Confederacy of the Dunces). These two mysterious enimas have created modern works of timeless art--though very different in style and subject matter.
It is a smorgasbord, a banquet, a frothy overblown decadent gawdy horrific fantastic freakshow of wonder.
I am in swe.
Peake also has gushed forth other quirky gems like: Mr. Pye:
Set on the Channel Island of Sark, it is a Christian allegory. When Mr Pye does something good, he grows angel's wings, and when he does something bad, he gains diabolical characteristics. It is a relatively tightly-structured novel in which God implicitly mocks the evangelical pretensions, hypocrisy and cosy world-view of the eponymous hero.
And Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor, a bizarre "childrens'" story with crazy cool drawings by the author uncannily prescient of Basil Wolverton and Wallace Wood from early Mad, and R. Crumb--apparently a bit too edgy and detailed for kids of that time...
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