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Firing the Cathedral: A Jerry Cornelius Novella [Paperback]

Michael Moorcock
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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: PS Publishing (31 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902880447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902880440
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,530,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a vengeance 9 April 2003
Michael Moorcock's uncanny ability to capture the mood of the times can be found in all his Jerry Cornelius work which remains as relevant to the present as it did to the sixties and seventies. He has continued to write Cornelius stories in response to his times and this one, with its references to Cromwell in Ireland and the British in the Middle East, is one of the best. A response to 9/11, it brings on all the old cast plus some lovely caricatures of George Bush and Colin Powell as
they make the world into a quagmire of globally warmed weather and weapons of mass destruction. Witty, black comedy. Nobody
does it better. The apocalypse with a joke and a song. And
while you're at it pick up the Cornelius Quartet. It's amazing
how much of our present dilemma Moorcock predicted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first fiction about 9/11. Brilliant. 10 Dec 2002
This is probably the first piece of fiction to deal with the events of Sept. 11th in the USA. It also deals with George W. Bush's policies in general and combines everything brilliantly.
As Alan Moore says in his intelligent introduction, Jerry Cornelius was born in the 60s but he is really a man of the 21st century. His stories become increasingly relevant to us as time moves on. This book is a phantasmagoria of quotations (many from the 1930s and 1940s, showing how our present situation has its roots in British and American policies since that time) and grotesque images, very funny comedy, pointed criticism and, dare I say it, real wisdom. It starts in a protected shopping mall where the 'Gandi' (a combination of Gandalf, Father Christmas and Uncle Sam) is giving an audience and it ends with a vision of a ruined, war-ravaged, globally warmed England whose inhabitants have to purchase domed environments in order to go on living their familiar middle class lives. Satire, of course. But also visionary fiction of the highest order. This is a limited edition, so my advice is to snap it up while you can. I doubt if you will find anything more substantial for quite a while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry is back... 24 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Jerry Cornelius takes his first substantial outing for a decade or two with this novella. The cast of characters is gathered once more - Jerry, Mo, Bishop Beesley, Una, and the rest.
After Jerry proved something of a prophet for the end of the twentieth century, Moorcock brings him back with a typically ironic tale. Jerry finds himself in the world of Sept. 11, and he finds himself very much back in the swing of things.
The book reads quickly, and the tone is often jovial, interspersed with typical Moorcock irony and oblique references. In a way, this is perhaps more accessible than most of the other Cornelius stories - but I think will be welcomed by any Cornelius fan. After a distinctly unfashionable intermission, Jerry is back, and cooler than ever before...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still flying the flag 16 Dec 2002
By A Customer
At a time when most sf has become bland, safe and too neat for its own good, Moorcock still flies the old flags of innovation and radicalism. This, as Alan Moore says in his introduction, shows that Jerry Cornelius was at least forty years ahead of his time and writing about the world we are just beginning to know.
Angry, careless of the world's approval, full of eloquence and wild wit, FIRING THE CATHEDRAL shows that Moorcock is still the boss. The majority of those who once sought to follow him have fallen into doing safe riffs on old themes. Only Moorcock and Ballard, of the 60s New Wavers, continue to forge into unknown territory and offer us stimulus where even the most ambitious of
their contemporaries have set themselves up as oil refiners.
FIRING THE CATHEDRAL is about blood, betrayal and butchery, about hypocrisy and horror. About whistling a happy (or at least sardonic) tune as the world turns to crap. This is what the young folk should be doing and which, sadly, so few of them are
turning out, these days. Read it with Stuart Home's 99 Things To Do With A Dead Princess and feel the blood start to move in your veins again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Apocalypse is Now! 11 July 2004
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Reading Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius novels now shows just how worryingly prescient they were regarding the state of society. Fitting enough in these post 9/11 times Moorcock reintroduces Cornelius with this novella. The shorter length works better for Jerry, with the rambling plot-free vignettes occasionally outstaying their welcome in the full-length novel format. All the familiar supporting characters return as Moorcock extrapolates a wartorn globalised conflict from the prevailing trends, ultimately leading to the intriguing concept of a flooded America where isolationism becomes the ultimate refuge: with the rising sea-levels every man becomes an island.
An interesting mirror of today's trends, Firing the Cathedral will be enjoyable for Cornelius fans, and those unfamiliar with the character should find this a suitable taster of the characters world, (helped by an insightful foreword by comics genius Alan Moore).
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