The Hall of the Bright Carvings – Near and Far (p1 – p100)
Welcome to the first installment of the Gormenghast readalong!
What were your first impressions of this book?
arrrghhhh! What have I let myself in for?!
The first page was very difficult to follow and I was beginning to regret putting myself forward to host this read-along. I don’t think I could have coped if the entire book had continued in the same vein as the initial paragraph:
Luckily, the writing quickly became easier to read and after about 10 pages I had been drawn into the wonderfully creepy world of Gormenghast castle. I agree with those who mentioned the vividness of the descriptions in this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that creates an atmosphere as impressive or as visual as this one. I almost feel as though I’ve been there myself, instead of just having read about it.
I have no idea what is going to happen over the course of these four books, but a dark sense of foreboding is building. Evil seems to be everywhere, despite the fact there is no real evidence of it yet.
The one thing I am intrigued by is the fact that all the animals seem to be white. I did a double-take when I discovered that the raven was described as “a bunch of feathered whiteness.” I’ll be interested to see if Master Chalk plays a greater role later in the book.
Does anyone know why the animals are white?
I am finding the cats very creepy:
I am normally more of a dog person, but this book looks as though it will push me further in that direction – those cats are sending shivers down my spine!.
I was pleasantly surprised to see some gentle humour mixed with the darker sense of foreboding and I particularly liked this quote: