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No simple answer to offer, I'm afraid

elostirion74
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Jun 6, 11:51pm


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I think it really depends on whether you're fascinated by Peake's style or not. While Tolkien writes in a style which is evocative and often quite generalized, I'd say that Peake's style is very detailed, rejoicing in extensive description, where one small incident or ritual can be described over several pages. While Tolkien describes a world which is mostly quite expansive and gives you a feeling of a great span of time and place, Gormenghast describes mostly characters and scenes which are very introvert, confined and tied to rituals. You could hardly find two authors more different than Tolkien and Peake, except that they both clearly love words, but even here they differ quite substantially in their approach and which branches of the English language they prefer to use.

It's been many years since I read Gormenghast, but I remember that the books were at times both exciting and riveting and had some nice contrasts in terms of characters which helped to move the story along. But the books did require some patience and persistence and a fascination with attention to detail.

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Is the Gormenghast series of books worth the time? Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jun 5, 7:54pm
    Interesting comment Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jun 5, 7:59pm
        Comparison info - though a bit apples and oranges Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jun 5, 8:04pm
            Apples to oranges indeed demnation Send a private message to demnation Jun 6, 8:28pm
                My error, I was must have confused JRRT for Lewis (who did read it). Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jun 6, 8:37pm
                    Actually.. Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Jun 6, 8:39pm
                    Right demnation Send a private message to demnation Jun 6, 8:42pm
    A slog Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Jun 5, 8:08pm
        When I read book reviews on Amazon or similar sites Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jun 5, 8:11pm
            Can't argue with the reviews. Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Jun 5, 8:28pm
        A slog for me--could never finish it. CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jun 6, 4:18am
    No simple answer to offer, I'm afraid elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Jun 6, 11:51pm

 
 
 

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