Letters from a Lost Uncle I am now many miles further to the North East and am writing from a cave in a gaunt hillside When Jackson and I sat down to rest we could see our footprints stretching back to the edge of the world Lo

  • Title: Letters from a Lost Uncle
  • Author: Mervyn Peake
  • ISBN: 9780413745903
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I am now many miles further to the North East and am writing from a cave in a gaunt hillside When Jackson and I sat down to rest we could see our footprints stretching back to the edge of the world Lost in the frozen polar wastes, an explorer huddles in his shelter, typing with freezing fingers the journal of his lonely, extraordinary exploits, preparing to send theI am now many miles further to the North East and am writing from a cave in a gaunt hillside When Jackson and I sat down to rest we could see our footprints stretching back to the edge of the world Lost in the frozen polar wastes, an explorer huddles in his shelter, typing with freezing fingers the journal of his lonely, extraordinary exploits, preparing to send the story to the nephew he has never seen With his only companion, the tortoise like mutant Jackson, the Uncle has gone in search of his ambition and his destiny the awesome and mysterious White Lion.Illustrated on every page with stunning, beautiful, eerie drawings, this edition has been completely re originated form the original artwork Reproduced here for the first time in full colour, Letters from a Lost Uncle is the triumphant product of a unique imagination and a distillation of all that is most powerful in the strange genius of Mervyn Peake.

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    About “Mervyn Peake

    1. Mervyn Peake says:

      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.



    2 thoughts on “Letters from a Lost Uncle

    1. Delightful whimsy. A humorous illustrated story of fantastical derring-do, by a writer and artist who loved children, pirates, islands and adventure. It reminds me a little of Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas, which I reviewed HERE. My one regret is that I did not come to Peake when my son was the perfect age for this. It indulges Peake’s love of adventure stories he read as a child, including Stevenson, Ballantyne, Defoe, and Melville.As the title declares, it's the illustrated letters [...]

    2. I wish I'd read this book when I was a child, as I think I would have been as entranced by it then as I was by The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia. Not that it's like them in terms of the story, plot or characters, but in its magical evocation of a new, strange world of possibilities it certainly stands with those books in my mind.I did have the fortune of coming to it in time to read to my children when they were little. It's entirely possible that I enjoyed it more than they did - time wil [...]

    3. Absolutely wonderful, grotesque, bizarre and a mind blowing read when I first came upon it, on my dad's bookshelf, when I was ten or so. A series of letters from an uncle to a nephew, detailing his picaresque adventures in the Antartic, with stunning, sometimes hilarious, sometimes chilling illustrations - this is a one-of-a-kind book.

    4. Considering how quick of a read this was, it says a lot that I very nearly got bored less than halfway through. I found it pretty contrived, but then, it's a children's book so perhaps I'm viewing it through an entirely wrong lens. Either way, it smacked of effort and strained device so I didn't enjoy it. There are plenty (PLENTY) of children's books in the world that don't try so hard, so I feel justified.I also didn't like the illustrations. It obviously makes sense that they would be pencil d [...]

    5. Mervyn Peake's whimsy-filled travelogue is titled Letters From A Lost Uncle. The illustrations (by Peake himself) are worth the price of the book. An Uncle, a long-term explorer and unsuccessful adventurer (if lack of success is determined by his lack of fame), is somewhere near the North Pole in search of the mystical White Lion. He is accompanied by an assistant-cum-porter, Jackson, who is a melange of a tortoise and a man. He decides to write letters to a nephew he has never seen, hoping to e [...]

    6. Glad I came across this book for Squirt's sake - it's perfect for a young kid. Adventure, arctic exploration, fantastic places and creatures - and really amazing illustrations. Am looking forward to sharing this with him!

    7. Mervyn Peake's fabulous imagination and beautiful illustrations have created an enchanting tale of an eccentric uncle's travels to find an elusive beast. Magical!

    8. I had to order this one, used, from the UK, but the international shipping was worthwhile. I'd been looking for a copy in the US for years and finally gave up. 'Letters from a Lost Uncle' is not, of course, 'Titus Groan' - and not even 'Mr Pye' - but it's a fun little story and Peake's characteristic illustrations cover every page. It will make a nice introduction to Peake for my 7-year-old son.

    9. A lovely book in both looks and ideas, this edition is a great addition to a library for children. The letters from a lost uncle to his nephew about his travels in the arctic looking for the snow lion are amusing and fun and at times had me giggle out loud. As you can tell, its fun for adults to read too! The sketches are expressive and the element of the fantastical adds a wonderful atmosphere tot he story.

    10. This is a really good children's book. The story line is about an explore who is writing to his nephew. the writing is accompanied by drawings done by the uncle. It is a really interesting book that would keep children entertained.

    11. Den här var svår att betygsätta. Historien i sig är rätt ointressant, om än händelserik. Illustrationerna är dock angenäma och kombineras med texten på ett sätt som gör det här mer till en konstnärlig upplevelse än en "bok".Ur det perspektivet är den högt läsvärd.

    12. A little gem from a disappearing time in English literature – not quite ephemera from Peake, but close. Still, the drawings are precious and the tale of an explorer chasing a wonder of the world is more thoughtful than it may at first appear.

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