Cornelius Quartet: The Final Program, A Cure For Cancer, The English Assassin, The Condition Of Muzak Paperback – Jun 1 2001
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situation. The Administration's rationales for going into Vietnam and the military's rationales for staying there are here transported to Europe. And that's no doubt what makes the books so relevant to the immediate situation we have at the moment with Europe refusing America's rationales for going to war and the Administration reacting with an aggressive, bullying tone. The ways in which imperial adventuring are cloaked in the language of 'saving the natives' are clearly shown here. Moorcock takes the experience of British imperialism and equates it with American imperialism. He does it all, of course, with irony and black humor which gets more and more sophisticated as the series continue. The Final Program is the weakest of the books, though it parodies 60s slang rather than parroting it, and has subtleties rarely found in US fiction of the day. These books were of their time and half a century AHEAD of their time and the way in which Moorcock reveals the underbelly of his society as well as the
postures of his main character are brilliant. Unquestionably, some of the very best experimental and influential fiction of our time! Recommended at every level -- fun, funny, fantastic and literary. I would also recommend Moorcock's very latest Cornelius novella, Firing the Cathedral, with its introduction by Alan Moore.
daughter, Miss Brunner, the Thatcher-like character, Major Nye, the embodiment of idealistic imperialism and Colonel Pyat, whose story is continued in Moorcock holocaust series beginning with
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This book failed to entice me. The language is very much mired in the mid-60's and doesn't translate well to 2000. I didn't find myself rooting for or caring for any of the characters. I don't mind amoral lead characters, so long as they are interesting. Jerry Cornelius isn't interesting. If there are parallels to the plot and events of our era, I didn't see them. The plot just kind of meanders around with little regard to time--we get minute details of going into a club and playing music, but a whole year is thrown away in two paragraphs (Jerry leaves the cave, goes to Stockholm, meets a girl, plays in a band, gets married, then Miss Brunner shows up again).
One thing I found humorous was that the cover says the music of the 80's band Human League was inspired by Jerry Cornelius. Now I know why I hated the Human League.
The second book, A CURE FOR CANCER, is very much the sort of thing a crossword player or math-buff would love,because it turns narrative conventions upside down and sideways with quite extraordinary skill -- like a flyer showing off. But the third book, THE ENGLISH ASSASSIN, shows a quantum jump, both in skill, ambition and language. Moorcock is not showing off here -- he is tackling the Matter of Britain -- modern Britain, if you like, but with reference to Arthur (it opens in Tintagel) -- and Jerry Cornelius is in a state of suspended animation throughout the book. It is the fourth book, THE CONDITION OF MUZAK,which combines the virtues of the three previous books and compounds them, offering a brilliant construct, a discoverable linear narrative linking all four books and a wonderful symphony of intellectual, emotional and visionary literature. Is there a modern composer who could do it justice ? The subject matter, the commentaries, are as relevant as they always were. This is a very uncomfortable sequence, but it does not leave you with any sense of pessimism. It rises to a humane and heartening resolution, offering a sudden change of perspective which is heart-breakingl. This is the closest experience to reading a combination of Charles Dickens and James Joyce and it gets better and better the older you get. I read the old Avon edition until it fell to bits. I'm grateful for this new, much more durable book.
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This is Moorcock's most ambitious work. Certainly his most honest. There are a million and one experiments in literature here, not all of which come off. Read morePublished on May 31 2003
I bought this book due to the rave reviews I had seen. I was largely disappointed. At times the writing is brilliant, but most of the time Moorcock is just coasting. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2002 by sbissell3
The Cornelius Quartet provides under one cover the uncensored saga of Jerry Cornelius, a time traveling hero figure whose antics have earned him the title of the first 'cyberpunk... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002 by Midwest Book Review
It's amazing how many people have drunk from Moorcock's well. Cornelius created a revolution both in literary fiction and graphic novels. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2002
Ballard and Moorcock between them seem to have an uncanny sense of the psychic future and the Cornelius Quartet, in the context of recent terrible events in New York and... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2001 by Leonard Steel
Funny, relentless, a real understanding of the international corporate world long before other people started talking about
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The adventures of Jerry Cornelius! To paraphrase the back of the 1977 Avon edition, copulating, hallucinating, devastating, and coming back from the dead. Frequently. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2001
This is the coolest book I ever read. I can't believe it was censored in America but I can see why!! Jerry Cornelius is my hero!Published on July 5 2001