Ex Libris Kirkland

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Subtitle Ghormenghast Trilogy
First Written 1946
Genre Fiction
Origin UK
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
My Copy library paperback
First Read May 14, 2024

Titus Groan

I’ve just started this, but it’s dreamlike in the way that Piranesi is, especially the first chapters about the castle and the Bright Carvings and Rottcodd. The focus on the castle itself also feels like a conspicuously gothic Ronia the Robber’s Daughter at first?

Noted on May 14, 2024

Swelter, as soon as he saw who it was, stopped dead, and across his face little billows of flesh ran swiftly here and there until, as though they had determined to adhere to the same impulse, they swept up into both oceans of soft cheek, leaving between them a vacuum, a gaping segment like a slice cut from a melon. It was horrible. It was as though nature had lost control. As though the smile, as a concept, as a manifestation of pleasure, had been a mistake, for here on the face of Swelter the idea had been abused.

Quoted on May 14, 2024

Their faces, identical to the point of indecency, were quite expressionless, as though they were the preliminary lay-outs for faces and were waiting for sentience to be injected.

Quoted on May 14, 2024

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