- Hardcover: 530 pages
- Publisher: Weidenfeld Military (12 Nov. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857980255
- ISBN-13: 978-1857980257
- Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.8 x 5.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,726,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Eternal Champion (Tale of the Eternal Champion) Hardcover – 12 Nov 1992
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Moorcock's Multiverse presents for the first time, definitive editions of Michael Moorcock's most influential work, fully revised and updated by the author. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Michael Moorcock (1939-)
Michael Moorcock is one of the most important figures in British SF and Fantasy literature. The author of many literary novels and stories in practically every genre, his novels have won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Whitbread and Guardian Fiction Prize. In 1999, he was given the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award; in 2001, he was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame; and in 2007, he was named a SFWA Grandmaster. Michael Moorcock is also a musician who has performed since the seventies with his own band, the Deep Fix; and, as a member of the prog rock band, Hawkwind, won a gold disc. His tenure as editor of New Worlds magazine in the sixties and seventies is seen as the high watermark of SF editorship in the UK, and was crucial in the development of the SF New Wave. Michael Moorcock's literary creations include Hawkmoon, Corum, Von Bek, Jerry Cornelius and, of course, his most famous character, Elric. He has been compared to, among others, Balzac, Dumas, Dickens, James Joyce, Ian Fleming, J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard. Although born in London, he now splits his time between homes in Texas and Paris.
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The plot, about a modern day man inexplicably sucked into a parallel world of sword and sorcery, sounds like typical pulp fanatasy hokum. Fortunately, it is far from being that. John Daker becomes Erekosë, the Eternal Champion, destined to forever wander the worlds of the multiverse as a pawn in the battle between law and chaos. What makes these three volumes fascinating however, and raises them above the level of similar books, is Moorcock's focus on the psychological torment of his hero.
This is some of Moorcock's earliest writing, and, lacking in the complexities of his later work, it is an easy and enjoyable read.
As you might guess, this is another Eternal Champion book, the first in the Erekose series. It's also in many ways the first of the whole Eternal Champion cycle. It was published in 1962, but mostly written as early as 1955, making it pretty much a contemporary of Lord of the Rings.
It sits with 'The Warhound and the World's Pain' as something of an introduction to the Eternal Champion series. In the foreword to this edition, Moorcock describes this first novel as one of his least complex and least ambitious. I can see what he means - in many ways it's a straight fantasy novel - but it has a rather stronger moral commentary than most fantasy. Stephen Donaldson's 'Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever' shares the idea of a real world human transported to a fantasy setting as the reincarnation of a legendary hero. Certainly Erekose and Covenant take a different approach to their roles as saviour, but if you read both series, you'll appreciate when they make the same decisions. And when they don't.
It occurs to me that Covenant would probably work as an incarnation of the Eternal Champion. But I'm sure Moorcock would hate that idea.
As a moral tale it's bluntly overt and more than disturbing, and a bit too predictable, as there is no question as who are the bad and the good guys. Mr Moorcock was young when he wrote this, and had to learn to be subtle. Still, this novel is important as the very beginning of the Eternal Champion saga.
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One of his better books id say ideal for a moorcock learnerPublished 12 months ago by steven mcevoy
Wanted this particular trilogy for years. Had the first book but couldn't find the other two anywhere. Makes harry potter look kiddyfied....um....which he is.Published 14 months ago by yetioriginal
Book was a little worn around the edges but that just gives it character. All pages are clear and easy to read and the story is great.Published on 9 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer
It was truely wonderful to reread the first 2 stories of Erekose again after well over 30 years, and to be reaquainted with von Bek in The Dragon and The Sword was an unexpected... Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2012 by M. Boulger