I read the first 2 of these books, and really didn't like them. They did remind me of Dickens a lot - and I'm not a big fan of Dickens either, so that might explain it! All the characters were grotesque caricatures, and the general mood was claustrophobic, banal and depressing. I'd expected to really love these books, from what I'd heard about them - but I was disappointed. Maybe it was just my state of mind at the time - I don't know.
I did really love the concept of the endless castle - but the way it was written was just extremely oppressive.
One of my all-time favorite books, will read again and again!
What an experience! An entire world with the most amazing characters I have ever read. I felt for the weirdest people in here and cheered the strangest behaviors. The setting is a grand sprawling character itself, castle or entity or both. Rich writing, had to read slowly because there were too many flavors to savor at any one time. Couldn't stop reading. I was disappointed by the last book. All the same, I was glad Titus got out if only so he could learn more about himself. I think the second book might have served well as an end, even, tho of course I had to find out what happened after that. It would have been an appropriately mysterious ending. Nevertheless, I still am glad I read the last book. At the very least, it made me appreciate the other two. It also gave voice to certain malaise we feel when we are restless and encountering strange people who contrast with our childhood sense of reality.
I could go on.
But Gormenghast can certainly stand on its own without me.
Genre? Horror, supernatural, unreality, dream world. I just don't know.
Mervyn Peake didn't write-he painted with words. (And I do not have enough words to do him justice.)