The Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the Twentieth Century Paperback – May 15 1980
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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.
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.
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.