In this second volume, Titus comes of age within the walls of Gormenghast Castle and discovers various family intrigues. His twin aunts, Cora and Clarice, have been imprisoned in their own apartments, believing that they alone among the castle inhabitants were free of a hideous disease referred to as "Weasel plague." Titus has discovered secret hiding places in abandoned parts of the castle from which he can watch and learn, unobserved: for he has been "exiled" to grow up with the common children until the age of 15. And so, not feeling connected to his future responsibilities, Titus drifts back and forth between the complicated social world he will grow up to govern, and a world of fantasy and daydream.
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"As brilliant as Volume 1."
Another great, atmospheric, other-worldly Gormenghast book. It is a continuation of the story threads in the first book and as I suspect no-one will read this book without reading the first, I feel I can review this book by saying that if you enjoyed the strange characters, the dry, black humour and the evil machinations of Vol. 1 then you will definitely enjoy this book as it is as brilliant as the first outing. Excellently narrated.
I have really enjoyed listening the whole trilogy, not only for the story, but for all different voices the narrator uses. I particularly like the voices of Fuschia and the twins, the story is a little complicated in places, (particularly when I am listening to it whilst doing something else!) So the different voices really help to keep track of what's going on.
"A Classic. Extra-ordinary and most wonderful."
Yes - I would listen again..almost on a looped tape. It is such beautiful language, transporting you to a world that is so vivid, so strange - yet mysteriously something or somewhere you almost recognise.
The descriptions of the people, the castle - and then the utterly surprising eccentricity of the world of Gormenghast...it is hypnotically addictive.
well I suppose the obvious superficial comparisons are Dickens and Tolkien - but actually I would only compare it to those if I was pushed. Some of the characters can be said to have a Dickensian flavour, and the concept of a mysterious world is Tolkienian...but there are no unknown 'creatures', no blatant 'magic'....that is what brings it so strangely into something one ALMOST recognises...in ones strangest of dreams.
It was marvellous. Brilliant. He captured each character perfectly. I almost can't beleive I did not 'see' it all - he was so vivid in his reading
Made me laugh at times, but not usually because it was ha-ha funny. More because of some line or characterisation that took me by surprise, or that was so peculiar and wonderful - so more of a gasp really.
A book that is unique, rare and wonderful. It transports you into another realm. I love it to bits.
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