Mr Pye

Mr Pye Equipped with love Mr Harold Pye lands on the island of Sark his mission to convert the islanders into a crusading force for the undiluted goodness that he feels within The extraordinary inhabitants
  • Title: Mr Pye
  • Author: Mervyn Peake
  • ISBN: 9780099283263
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mr Pye
    Equipped with love, Mr Harold Pye lands on the island of Sark, his mission to convert the islanders into a crusading force for the undiluted goodness that he feels within The extraordinary inhabitants of the island range fromthe formidable Miss George in her purple busby to the wanton, raven haired Tintagieu, five foot three inches of sex Mr Pye, however, is prone to eEquipped with love, Mr Harold Pye lands on the island of Sark, his mission to convert the islanders into a crusading force for the undiluted goodness that he feels within The extraordinary inhabitants of the island range fromthe formidable Miss George in her purple busby to the wanton, raven haired Tintagieu, five foot three inches of sex Mr Pye, however, is prone to excess and in the increasingly personalised struggle between good and evil, excess is very nearly his downfall.
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  • Mervyn Peake

    Mervyn Laurence Peake was an English modernist writer, artist, poet and illustrator He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books, though the Titus books would be accurate the three works that exist were the beginning of what Peake conceived as a lengthy cycle, following his protagonist Titus Groan from cradle to grave, but Peake s untimely death prevented completion of the cycle, which is now commonly but erroneously referred to as a trilogy They are sometimes compared to the work of his older contemporary J.R.R Tolkien, but his surreal fiction was influenced by his early love for Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson rather than Tolkien s studies of mythology and philology.Peake also wrote poetry and literary nonsense in verse form, short stories for adults and children Letters from a Lost Uncle , stage and radio plays, and Mr Pye, a relatively tightly structured novel in which God implicitly mocks the evangelical pretensions and cosy world view of the eponymous hero.Peake first made his reputation as a painter and illustrator during the 1930s and 1940s, when he lived in London, and he was commissioned to produce portraits of well known people A collection of these drawings is still in the possession of his family Although he gained little popular success in his lifetime, his work was highly respected by his peers, and his friends included Dylan Thomas and Graham Greene His works are now included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Imperial War Museum.

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  • Photo of Grande Greve, Little Sark, from La Coup e, 2 May 2017Oh dear Much as I love Peake his writings and his art , such whimsy is not to my taste Sadder still, the wonderfully rich language of the Gormenghast books is largely absent Consequently, I find it hard to give it a meaningful rating, but have tried to judge it in its own right, rather than as a work of Peake.Perhaps I should side with Tintagieu, when she asks Can t a thing just be itself without its having to mean something Photo of [...]


  • I can t very well list Peake as my favorite author on the Titus books alone, spectacular as they are While those books may provide a frantically laborious definition of idiomatic if not merely eccentric , Peake is than simply Gormenghast.There is his art, his somewhat abortive poetic career, and his minimal forays into drama, adventure, war reporting and here, light farce Published the same year as Lucky Jim, Peake provides us with another English vision of strange and liminal folk, except his [...]


  • A remarkably well constructed parable, which deserves to be better known The moral is, roughly don t be ashamed of being a good person, even if it makes you feel ridiculous Peake finds a clever and original way to say it.


  • Would like a peek at this island through MP s wild and extravagant eyes He spent some time painting and drawing here The only other dramatic affiliation related to this island I have come across is The Dame of SarkA pressie with a photo tucked inside How lovely to have the face to go with the name, and Squirt, what a little dish he is.Many, many thanks St Peter s PortOpening SARK Yes, sir, said the man in the little quayside hut A return fare Six shillings A single, my friend, said Mr Harold Pye [...]


  • More than four stars really but it has left me wondering You know how sometimes you start a book and think it is about one thing and then something happens and it turns into something else Well, that is just what happened here So I am not sure if it was the surprise which made me like this or whether it was the story itself.Mr Pye arrives at the island of Sark in the Channel Islands, his intention being to bring love and kindness to the people, to make them realise that the best way forward is [...]


  • Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.Peake s most famous work, the Gormenghast trilogy, has autobiographical connections with his childhood in China Mr Pye, his only other completed novel, is also related to his life This is obvious, because the location of the novel is not a fictional place but the Channel Island of Sark This is where Peake worked as a young artist Some of the geography of Gormenghast Castle is also derived from that of the island Mr Pye, which also exists in [...]


  • It is all interwoven , said Mr Pye One cannot segregate things in an arbitrary way words and illnesses, tadpoles and tears, volcanoes and dominoes, are all interwoven What affects one thing affects all the rest p.127


  • Just too odd What Peake was driving at with this number, I cannot fathom And perhaps that s it, perhaps I m just too dumb and impatient to appreciate Mr Pye Notr.


  • Generally light hearted, amusing, and some excellent characterisation Mr Pye, Miss Dredger and Tanty in particular Not as masterful as Peake s Gormenghast Trilogy, but there are flashes here of that greatness A stand out moment for me was Pye s visit to the coast of Sark, when he is sitting on a dilapidated cannon, mulling over his fantastic predicament Worth the time if one likes a good fable Recommended.




  • A brilliant piece of eloquent prose by Peake Peake s narrative, of a tongue in cheek parable, contains numerous pieces of laugh out loud moments However, the novel should, on the rear cover, contain a warning don t mess with a small, close knit, community matter what your good intensions may be To sum up Peake s novela well crafted, brilliantly written and entertaining read But, isn t that Peake anyway


  • A very slow start is enlivened by Peake s droll wit and deft prose, but put your crampons on because the story only starts to bite halfway through As I could never get a handle on who Pye is when we first meet him or even whether he s an ordinary mortal it was hard to care about the strange transformations he has to go through later.It is quite a page turner from the midpoint onwards, and I kept thinking, well now, I can t see how he s going to end this but it s going to be interesting The snag [...]


  • Mervyn Peake s last complete novel I count the Gormenghast sequence as one vast and sadly unfinished novel begins as a naturalistic satire and then takes a strange left turn into fantasy.Mr Harold Pye, a man whose background we never learn, takes a boat to the island of Sark, without buying a return ticket He has set his heart on converting the three hundred or so Sarkese to the love of the Great Pal, as he calls God, and sets out to do so in a slow and deliberate manner.The Sarkese we meet in t [...]


  • Mr Pye is Peake s successful attempt at a fable, and as such it has a moral It is the kind of moral, in the end, you d expect from Mervyn Peake, not entirely useless of a gentle reminder in a style perilously close to being overdone, but not quite.How shall I describe the personalities that Peake draws The personalities encountered on the island of Sark are as characteristic as any in Gormenghast They are almost cartoons and would fail in any setting other than Gormenghast but that Peake is usi [...]


  • Mr Pye Mervyn PeakeCurious sort of book, and quite good if this is your taste Peake is able to imagine personality types and human interaction, that can t quite be, but what if they were The tale seems old , like something by Washington Irving perhaps I guess it could be classed as allegory You can make comparison to his Gormenghast books too, it is in the same dimension But there s an enigma here, although this book has some elements of the fantastic it lays somewhere a little closer to reality [...]


  • I have to admit I struggled with that book I started it for the lame reason that I wanted to read a book whose action was taking place on Sark However the constant swaying between light silly humour and what seemed a social discourse, character caricatures and Absurdism, Spirituality and Surrealism puzzled me deeply to say the least I love Absurdism and Surrealism Aim , Vian, Michaux, Ionesco, etc both when they ostentatiously show their absence of meaning and when they have a multi layered narr [...]



  • I think this is probably the worst book I ve ever read, or, at least, the worst book I ve read that I remember reading which is, of course, an entirely different proposition.I came to this book as a fan of the Gormenghast sequence and was devastated to discover that it was intended to be longer and unfulfilled and further devastated upon the discovery that Mr Peake had gone been taken before his time , however, even this couldn t save me I began doubting myself so severely that I resorted to rer [...]


  • I want to write about this book soon, but suffice it right now to say that it is a true delight Peake has a gift for turning caricature into character through how much he really cares about the eccentrics he creates It would have been so easy to mock Pye and his desire to evangelize for the Great Pal non stop, but he sees Pye through a number of dark, funny, grim conversions that make you wince, shift in your chair, and care all at once He does caricature character evolution masterfully in Gorm [...]


  • I read this after having gained a fascination for the island of Sark through a university project I had been working on I probably would not have picked it up had it not been for that, which would have been a great pity However, having done so, I was really pleased I had as it was a delicious little book How do you balance a personality are you too good or too evil do you want wings or horns Now that s a dilemma If you get the chance, give this a go You shouldn t be disappointed A year or so aft [...]


  • Wow This book is.weird Well, what can you expect from Mervyn Peake I honestly had no idea of what was going to happen until the last 20 pages Really Good A great book for those who are ready for an adventure Who thought that she was going to be the hero Im not going to say who because I dont want to ruin it Its just another genius piece of work from Mervyn Peake YAAAAAAY


  • Interesting piece but not gripping like Gormenghast was I think the main premise was intriguing what if our good and bad deeds caused immediate physical manifestations upon us The humor was fun, ironic, and quirkybut it still didn t make me laugh out loud Maybe that just reflects on life events here and now rather than on the book I was a little disappointed.


  • The literal symptoms of moral dilemmas, Peake carves his way around the island of Sark and jaunts Mr Pye through his maze of brambled descriptive writing Mervyn at his subtle comic best, a pleasant read and Mr Pye himself could have been a character easily plucked from a Brecht or Dickens novel, so well tailored is he.


  • I may be being slightly harsh on this book only giving it 3 stars, but for me this book doesn t quite do enough to earn an extra star The characters are well developed, the setting, clearly a place of interest to the author, ideal Where the book falls down for me is on the plot A little strange and, towards the end, slightly rushed, story it costs an otherwise interesting read.


  • A light but still penetrating satire, with characters that you can t help be both fond of and amused by as the author obviously is too Contains much of the trademark wit and wryness and sheer oddness of his Gormenghast books, although on a much smaller scale, and peppered with his delightfully quirky illustrations to great effect.


  • After Gormenghast, I was hungry for work by this superb author and happily, I came by this Mr Pye started off rather slowly, but by the third chapter I was utterly hooked by this simple, yet powerful fable of morality It doesn t hit the heights of the Gormenghast Trilogy by a long shot but it is a very different creature all together Most certainly worth a look.


  • This was a struggle.I think my main problem was that I just didn t care I didn t care about the characters and I wasn t interested in the story It got slightly interesting about 60% of the way through but never really grabbed my attention.Only finished this because it was a book club read.


  • It was a strange little book Definitely didn t go in the direction I expected The chapter illustrations really added something, and I was most amused to learn that not only were they done by the author himself, but that they looked so familiar because he also illustrated Alice in Wonderland, among other things.


  • What starts off as a nice humorous, witty little tale of a man trying to be good, soon becomes a weird journey losing itself in strange events and a storyline that makes the reader think what on earth is this about Is this a metaphor, or a clever joke, or simply and obviously just weird stuff Couldn t say I enjoyed it after the initial chapters when it became clear where this was going.


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