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Mr. Pye (Paperback)

Mervyn Peake

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ISBN 13: 9781590207123
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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Dapper and smiling, Mr. Pye comes to the island of Sark with a mission--to conquer evil. He immediately sets about changing everyone he meets, but is unfortunately prone to excess. When the struggle between good and evil becomes embarrassingly personal, Mr. Pye is forced to embark on a campaign of unparalleled sin.

Mervyn Peake, author of the internationally acclaimed Gormenghast novels, has created an extraordinarily imaginative story in Mr. Pye, his last novel and crowning achievement. In both the text and his own delightful illustrations, the author turns a moral battle into a hilarious and fantastical adventure.

Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was a playwright, painter, poet, illustrator, short-story writer, and designer of theatrical costumes, as well as a novelist. Among his many books are the Gormenghast Trilogy (Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone). Overlook publishes these alongside the posthumous sequel Titus Awakes, Peake treasuries such as Peake’s Progress and The Sunday Books.

Praise for Mervyn Peake:

“A gorgeous, volcanic eruption . . . a work of extraordinary imagination.” --The New Yorker

“Mervyn Peake is a finer poet than Edgar Allan Poe, and he is therefore able to maintain his world of fantasy brilliantly through three novels. It is a very, very great work . . . a classic of our age.” --Robertson Davies, author of The Deptford Trilogy

“[Peake’s books] are actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience.” --C.S. Lewis

“The true fantasy classic of our time.” --The Washington Post

“Peake’s style is marvelous... His inventiveness, his ingenuity, and his humor are astonishing.” --San Francisco Chronicle

“Many readers admire Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but fans of Mervyn Peake’s Titus trilogy maintain that this extravagant epic about a labyrinthine castle populated with conniving Dickensian grotesques is the true fantasy classic of our time.” --The Washington Post Book World

“Mr. Peake’s first novel hold one with its glittering eye . . . It has a genuine plot in the strictest sense, and it persuades you to read on simply in order to know what will happen . . . Its gallery of characters is wonderful.” --The Nation

“A fancy of such freshness, variety and visionary power that in his own modest, special way Mervyn Peake liberates and elevates as well as charms.” --The New York Times

“A brilliant work, the product of a unique mind.” --The Chicago Daily News

“It is, if you like, a rich wine of fancy chilled by the intellect to just the right temperature. There is really no close relative to it in all our prose literature. It is uniquely brilliant, and we are right to call it a modern classic.” --Anthony Burgess

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