Peake's Progress

Selected Short Stories and Poems

Mervyn Peake

Peake's Progress
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Mervyn Peake

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2 compact discs with 1 booklet | © 2011
Compact Disc $25.00 ISBN: 9780712351140 Published March 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Published to coincide with the centennial of Mervyn Peake’s birth, this two-disc set presents a combination of short stories and poetry from Peake’s Progress, read by Peake’s sons, Sebastian Peake and Fabian Peake. Among the numerous works included on the CDs are the epic Rhyme of the Flying Bomb, “The Weird Journey,” “Same Time Same Place,” and “Danse Macabre,” as well as a generous selection of Peake’s poems and nonsense verses.

Disc One
  1. The Weird Journey
  2. Sing I the Fickle, Fit-for-Nothing Fellows
  3. The Cocky Walkers
  4. Rhondda Valley
  5. Palais de Danse
  6. I Bought a Palm-Tree
  7. The Shapes
  8. London, 1941
  9. The Consumptive, Belsen 1945
  10. Victims
  11. Danse Macabre
Disc Two
  1. The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb
  2. The Connoisseurs
  3. Five Rhymes without Reason: The Giraffe
  4. Five Rhymes without Reason: The Jailor and the Jaguar
  5. Five Rhymes without Reason: How Mournful to Imagine
  6. Five Rhymes without Reason: The Hippopotamus
  7. Five Rhymes without Reason: I Waxes and I Wanes, Sir
  8. Nonsense Poems: How Good it is to be Alone
  9. Nonsense Poems: Aunts and Uncles
  10. Nonsense Poems: The Bull-frog and the Flies
  11. Nonsense Poems: O Here it is and There it is...
  12. Nonsense Poems: The Trouble with Geraniums
  13. Same Time, Same Place
  14. To Maeve
  15. In the Fabric of this Love
  16. Absent from You where is there Corn and Wine?
  17. For Maeve
  18. Because Last Night my Child Clung to my Neck
  19. Poem (My Arms are Rivers)
  20. Poem (When I was Wounded)

Total Duration: 147 minutes
Review Quotes
Elizabeth Bentley | Good Reading

“Read by Sebastian and Fabian Peake, the author’s sons, each piece is a little gem, showing not only the author’s prodigious and unflagging imagination, but also an artist’s approach to language. From the strange, Carrollian backwardness of ‘The Weird Journey’ where the narrator falls ‘fast awake’ and drifts into a peculiar travelogue, to the splendidly deprecating ‘I Bought a Palm-Tree’ we hear a writer at the peak of his powers. . . . This recording is a delightful and poignant homage to the writer and his work that will appeal to more listeners than just aficionados.”

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