Titus Alone

Titus Alone Titus almost flees oppressive Castle Rituals Lost in a sandstorm helped by Muzzlehatch owner of traveling zoo and his ex lover Juno stranded in big city arrested for vagrancy he longs for hom

  • Title: Titus Alone
  • Author: Mervyn Peake
  • ISBN: 9780345730091
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Titus, almost 20, flees oppressive Castle Rituals Lost in a sandstorm, helped by Muzzlehatch owner of traveling zoo and his ex lover Juno, stranded in big city, arrested for vagrancy, he longs for home Nobody has heard of Gormenghast, few believe Titus wants to prove it is real.

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    1. -I'm going to just come right out and say it: Mervyn Peake is the greatest writer of the English language the world has ever known. There. I said it, and I can't take it back. It's out there now, floating on the interwebs, for the world to disagree with. But at this point, I don't care if the world disagrees with me; I'm tuning the naysayers out with my rightness. Obviously I haven't read every writer of the English language, so there is the possibility that I'm wrong; but, even if I am wrong, I [...]

    2. Titus Alone has the charms and eccentricities, the verbal and visual beauties of its two formidable predecessors, but it is only about half as long as they are, with extremely short chapters, and it lacks their concentrated richness, their depth and perspective. Is it a radical departure, a sleeker, more streamlined work, its short chapters and overall length appropriate to its more modern setting? Or is it a diseased creation, the production of an artistically disappointed man who had suffered [...]

    3. I waffled a little bit between three and four stars, but in the end Peake's use of language won over the rather odd plot departure in this third book.I didn't mind that Titus was a stranger in a strange land or that he has apparently skipped far into the future where he's among moderns with airplanes or even stranger "seeing" devices or oddly strange ways of transportation upon one's side. All of that appeared to be a hop into the future beyond when this was written, too, so I'm going to call th [...]

    4. Titus Groan and Gormenghast are two of my ten favourite books (reviewed on my Favourites shelf), but despite some wonderful language, I struggled with this one, intriguing as it is. My first reading was not enjoyable – it was so far from what I was familiar with and what I expected. Subsequent readings have endeared it to me. Peake's illustration of MuzzlehatchPlotIn this, Titus, seventy-seventh earl of Gormenghast is 22 and wandering unknown lands. He is invariably being rescued, nursed or ru [...]

    5. Mervyn Peake was, by all accounts, a powerful presence, an electric character, and a singular creative force. While Tolkien's poetry is the part everyone skips, Peake's invigorates his books. His voice and tone are unique in the English language, and his characterization is delightfully, grotesquely vivid. As an illustrator, he was perhaps somewhat less precise than Dore, but more evocative than Beardsley.His life and his vision were singular, from his birth in China to his years on the channel [...]

    6. The last book in the Gormenghast series was sadly a big let down for me, although I loved the peculiarity of first two books in the series, but things got a lot weird and meaningless for me in this book. Also out of the characters introduced to us in the first two, we have only Titus for company, but sadly he also become a completely unidentifiable character in this book.Some of the weak points of the book are1.Story went no where.2.Characters not well cast out.3.Unsatisfactory ending.Let me ela [...]

    7. Mervyn Peake was the Buddy Holly of literature - there was absolutely no doubt that he would have written a great third volume of the Gormenghast saga, but he fell victim to early onset dementia, and all we have are the scraps of notes from this last unhappy period; just as we know full well that the void between 1960 and the rise of the Beatles in 63 would have been filled magnificently by Buddy Holly, whose musical imagination had already at age 22 impressed all with his huge potential. But we [...]

    8. At last Titus is at large and free to choose whatever he wishes but instead of happiness he feels like an uprooted tree. And wherever he goes he can’t find any gratification. To be a roofless rover and to move from pillar to post is now his destiny.“The empty darkness of the wall which faced him gave him no answer. He touched it with his hand.Who was he? There was no knowing. He shut his eyes again. In a few moments there was no noise at all, and then the scuffling sound of a bird in the ivy [...]

    9. 3.5 that I'm rounding up because the trilogy as a whole was awesome this book just didn't have the same magic as the first two.

    10. I have a rocky relationship with the Gormenghast book. I've often found the writing style too ornate - deliciously descriptive, true, but also sometimes so adorned that I can't tell what the hell is going on. I found the second book more readable than the first. I find the third more readable than the previous two. The problem is, while it was a more pleasant read, I'm not sure why it exists.Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can re [...]

    11. Well, it has only taken me fourteen years, but I have finished the trilogy at last; I read the first volume back in 2001 as a high school sophomore, and enjoyed it, but at the time I was being carried along by a seemingly endless wave of writers to discover and rediscover that I didn't fully appreciate it at the time. However, better late than never, and while, as others have noted, Peake's illness left this feeling rather like a condensed version of a larger book (and as much as I miss my favor [...]

    12. La mia prima reazione è stata di rifiuto. Fuori da Gormenghast, la narrazione di Peake mi è apparsa surreale, allucinata, lontana dall’eleganza e dal fascino dei primi due capitoli della trilogia. Fortunatamente sono andata avanti, rendendomi conto di aver perso anch’io ogni punto di riferimento, di aver fatto mio lo smarrimento di Tito man mano che la sua fuga lo portava sempre più lontano.Sparito il profilo della sua casa grande come una montagna. Spariti quel mondo lacerato e le sue to [...]

    13. Mervyn Peake, with 1970's "Titus Alone", seemingly (to me only) lays the foundation for the action thriller, "Mad Max" which was released in 1979 but I must point out that the director (George Miller) and the producer (Kennedy) used an original screenplay based on the world's oil crisis of the 1970s. (More on that shortly.*) "Titus Alone" is a far different type of novel than "Titus Groan" (5 star rating from me) and "Gormenghast" (also a 5 star rating from me, and I've given only a few authors [...]

    14. A decent wrap up to the trilogy, but it was not as satisfying as the first two books having not taken place within the walls of Gormenghast with all the characters I have come to know and love. But, the weirdness of the new characters and scenes, along with Peake's way with imaginative descriptions, were still all there to be savored.

    15. Like a child's toy viewfinder, the short chapters glimpse into a different kind of reality, away from Gormenghast, where kings and dungeons exist alongside skyscrapers and sports stadiums. Gormenghast doesn't seem so weird anymore. And is that a drone Peake is imagining in 1959?The vast difference in quality between Gormenghast and Titus Alone is due to Peake's battle with dementia toward the end of his life. It's a sad impact to the quality of his work, but an excellent study in the difference [...]

    16. Se questo terzo e conclusivo tomo forse non è allo stesso livello dei precedenti risentendo certamente della sua incompiutezza, della mancanza di una revisione finale da parte dell’autore (all’epoca già gravemente malato) con un intervento volutamente minimale dell’editor sui manoscritti che hanno portato all’edizione definitiva, la capacità visionaria e descrittiva, le qualità peculiari di Peake, non vengono meno neanche qui, e concludono degnamente la trilogia completa, ed è ad es [...]

    17. Titus Groan (the first book) is always the one that has stuck in my mind. I recall that on seeing the BBC DVD (based on books I and II), I was surprised by some of what it contained, and only on my recent re-read of Gormenghast (the second book) did its contents slowly come back to me. I was unable to recall any of Titus Alone, and I now think it was for the simple reason that I never actually got around to it (though I thought I had read the entire trilogy).It's also possible that I just don't [...]

    18. Although the three Gormenghast novels are now thought of as a trilogy, I wonder how appropriate this designation is. Peake's intention with the series was to tell the entire life story of the character Titus Groan, and he was working on the fourth book in this series at the time of his death. He planned to write five volumes in the series, the fourth and fifth being "Titus Awakens" and "Gormenghast Revisited." Clearly Peake didn't think of this book as the conclusion to a trilogy, but a middle-s [...]

    19. "I am tired of your words," said Titus."I use them as a kind of lattice-work," said Muzzlehatch. "They hide me away from melet alone from you. Words can be tiresome as a swarm of insects. They can prick and buzz! Words can be no more than a series of farts; or on the other hand they can be adamantine, obdurate, inviolable, stone upon stone. Rather like your 'so-called Gormenghast' (you notice that I use the same phrase again. The phrase that makes you cross?) For although you have learned, it se [...]

    20. This book achieves the rare feat of making the other books in the series feel worse on reflection. Titus, it turns out, is an utterly unlikable pill of a human being who, despite his lack of redeeming qualities and a general attitude of entitled unpleasantness, finds a number of people more than willing to risk life, limb and livelihood to befriend, love and help him for no discernible reason. These encounters are monotonous in their unbelievable convenience for our despicable protagonist. Such [...]

    21. The Gormenghast trilogy is in my all time favourites list. The writing is incredible. I read the three books straight through as one. The second, Gormenghast is the best. After this Gothic Fantasy, anything I read seemed flat and boring for a while.

    22. Peake really just let his mind wander in this one. All sorts of side stories, plot holes and weirdness that made little to no sense. So many questions with no answers.

    23. As weird as ever. Creepy phrases and bizarre characters, always a winner.'Under a light to strangle infants by,' is the best set up I have ever read.

    24. I met this with mixed feelings and finished it with not much of a resolution in that regard. :/This is the third book completed by Mervyn Peake, centering around the character Titus Groan, Seventy-Seventh Earl of Gormenghast. Peake was struggling with a degenerative disease and this book was apparently compiled together from various manuscripts it shows.First, you have Titus Groan. Throughout the first book he is but an infant, and in the second still remains rather elusive and dull compared to [...]

    25. I adored the first two books in the series, but I didn't think they deserved five stars. Four and a half, maybe, but not five. 'Titus Alone' is a masterpiece. I have no other words for it.When I first read the blurb, I was worried. Gormenghast without Gormenghast, how on earth could that work? But that's exactly why it works and why it is so much better than the first two books. It is more abstract, more literary, and less straightforward. For these reasons, it runs circles around the others. I [...]

    26. I don't have a great deal to add to the discussion of this book that hasn't already been said. I enjoyed this novel. The story wasn't quite on the same level as the other two books, but it's still very much a Titus novel. It is still very much a Peake novel, for crying out - a resource in very short supply. The writing was still amazing and some of the best I'll ever read.Here is an example. Titus is older now and doing more adult things. It may be somewhat jarring at first like when the childre [...]

    27. I was already aware of the consensus that "Titus Alone" was widely considered a severe let-down after the first two Gormenghast books, so my expectations were low to begin with. However, despite the obvious shift from those earlier works, Peake's talent, his love of language, his creativity and his knack for unique characters still shine through, so that while a little tricky at first, I soon found myself enraptured in the story just as I had with the previous novels.It is hard to leave Gormengh [...]

    28. Titus Alone is an odd duck, not really one of the Gormenghast novels. Although the main character is supposed to be Titus Groan, it could be any homeless youth for most of the book. Even the writing style and chronology are wrong. Whereas the Gormenghast novels were classically gothic with gloomy castles and ragged peasants, Titus Alone involves cocktail parties and sports cars. Titus left Gormenghast in the previous volume on horseback; here he returns by aircraft. There is also a long section [...]

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