Titus Alone Paperback
by Mervyn Peake
In this final part of the trilogy, we follow Titus, now almost twenty, as he escapes from the Castle, flees its oppressive Ritual, and becomes lost in a sandstorm.
Helped by the owner of a travelling zoo, Muzzlehatch, and his ex-lover Juno, Titus ends up stranded in a big, bustling city.
No one there having heard of Gormenghast, the general consensus is that the boy is deranged, and with no papers, he's soon arrested for vagrancy.
But there are a few people who believe in his story, or at least who are intrigued by it, and they try to help him. And now Titus, the deserter, the traitor, longs for his home, and looks for it all the time to prove, if only to himself, that Gormenghast is truly real.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 31/01/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780749394875
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Review by AaronPt
The overwhelming feeling I had when reading 'Titus Alone' was a sense of potential, potential left unfulfilled by Mervyn Peake's death. The book, as good as it is, and it's definitely worth reading by anyone who enjoyed the previous two Gormenghast novels, lacks the tight plot and claustrophobic atmosphere of 'Titus Groan' and 'Gormenghast'. This is partly because it swaps the tight, dysfunctional community of Gormenghast Castle for an unnamed city, and partly because Mervyn Peake didn't have the opportunity to carry out further work on the novel.The novel also gives a wonderful taste of what the future of the Gormenghast novels could have been like, of turning the dark, Gothic, scathing eye of the novels to the modern world. The darkness at losing what could have been unfortunately too often outweighs the darkness that the novel portrays.