Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Castle Gormenghast

Another swap item I shouldn't be sharing... but I will... because I'm cheeky ;)

This time a representation of Castle Gormenghast from the Mervyn Peake series.

Here's his description of it:

"They sprawled over the sloping earth, each one half way over its neighbour until, held back by the castle ramparts, the innermost of these hovels laid hold on the great walls, clamping themselves thereto like limpets to a rock. These dwellings, by ancient law, were granted this chill intimacy with the stronghold that loomed above them. Over their irregular roofs would fall throughout the seasons, the shadows of time-eaten buttresses, of broken and lofty turrets, and, most enormous of all, the shadow of the Tower of Flints. This tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of knuckled masonry and pointed blasphemously at heaven."

If you've never read the books they are beautifully written. Truly, astoundingly, pretty and witty but certainly not everyone's tastes. And that's ok... I can't even count the number of titles I've seen on 'Books to read before you die' lists and rolled my eyes. Life would be awfully boring if we all loved the same things :)


  1. OMG, I'm so impressed, and thrilled that you even know about Gormenghast much less sculpted it. (though maybe I shouldn't be, it's just that nobody talks about it much anymore). I found the books depressing but the setting superbly done. And you have captured it in miniature exquisitely. I'm so glad you posted this.

  2. Thank you Marc! I have a soft spot for Peake's words. He's one of the few authors whose descriptors I enjoy reading (I often skip over those parts in other books!)

  3. That is delightful! Very atmospheric!

  4. Fabulous ! Thank you for inspiring us :)

  5. AWESOME!!!!!!! I want to live at Pixie Hill!!!!!!!!

  6. Ohh Ohhhh Ohhhhh I ADORE this! What a wonderful creation! I have never read the novels but will certainly put them on my library list for my next visit. But this piece is just superb!


  7. Hola Nicola: disculpe pero mi inglés es muy malo, espero que Google le traduzca. Yo adoro sus trabajos!!! Sobre todo esos tan preciosos que tratan de mundos imaginarios, esas casitas de piedras con musgo y árboles son preciosas!!!!
    No se disguste si le copio alguna....yo diré que es su idea original. Si viviera cerca seguro que compraba sus creaciones.
    Mucho gusto y feliz domingo.