... The madness is illusory, and control never falters. It is, if you like, a rich wine of fancy chilled by the intellect to just the right temperature. There is no really 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, in his 1988 introduction to Titus Groan
i remember reading and loving the Gormenghast trilogy when i was younger. i'll be watching the movie on PBS tonight