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The Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the Twentieth Century [Paperback]

Michael Moorcock

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton; New edition edition (May 15 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0583131018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0583131018
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Moorcock's best May 2 2004
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of my favorite Michael Moorcock books. Extending the themes and characters established in the Jerry Cornelius quartet, this follows the adventures (erotic and otherwise) of Jerry's sister Catherine and her sometime lover, the temporal adventuress Una Persson (first seen in Moorcock's Oswald Bastable books --- "Warlord of the Air", "Land Leviathan", "The Steel Tsar").

Like the Jerry Cornelius books, this one is freely structured, as our heroines jump back and forth in time, exploring the highs and lows of the 20th century. Jerry's formidable mother, Mrs. Cornelius, also emerges here as a major character. (Jerry puts in a cameo or two.)

Moorcock's writing here is several levels above his style in the Elric and Corum fantasies. The author has often stated his preference for his comedies over his SF and fantasy; this novel is a successful hybrid that fuses the best elements of Moorcock's dramatic and antic work.

I will concede that this is perhaps best appreciated by readers familiar with the Jerry Cornelius stories and may be more enjoyable if read in context. Still, this is one of the author's most sophisticated works, one that paves the way for his later, more serious literary work such as "Byzantium Endures" and "Mother London."

An amusing and exciting read; highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars A most excellent adventure! Jan. 12 2014
By Richard B. Messer - Published on Amazon.com
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Is an excellent book, with a very imaginative plotline. The characters could be fleshed out a little more, but other than that it is a wonderful read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Super Reader Aug. 29 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
A spinoff of Jerry Cornelius, if you like, where his sister features prominently, as does Una Persson, who pops up in several other places.

Jerry perhaps is well out of it, as their mother also shows here, and he would be well outnumbered in gender.

More wild antics, and of course some antics of the s*xual variety.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20th Century Legends April 27 2002
By Jerry Cornelius - Published on Amazon.com
The erotic and exotic adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius. Friends, lovers, revolutionaries...Through the years and across the continents of real and imagined pasts, presents and futures...Enjoy this trip - it's a white knuckle ride...
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's just me, but... Jan. 18 2001
By "kaase@hotmail.com" - Published on Amazon.com
...are all of Moorcock's books (except the Eternal Champion series) very, very bad? The writing feels like it is first written down, then processed through a book of synonyms.
The story itself is fun enough I guess, but the writing makes it hard to follow. Maybe if I had read of Una Persson or Catherine Cornelius before it would make more sense. This feels like the third volume in a five-volume series.

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