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5.0 out of 5 stars Best read in tandem with King of the City, 8 July 2000
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This review is from: Mother London (Paperback)
I loved this book and didn't think I would enjoy King of the City as much, but in fact both books should be read together. The period covered is Moorcock's whole life-time from the Blitz to the present day and taken together forms a stunning physical and moral portrait of the capital. Nobody has ever tried anything like this on so many levels. You can read Mother London again and again and draw different stories from it. It constantly gives you something new. The three main characters in Mother London echo the three main characters in King of the City, but their stories are very different. Mother London is about three marginilised individuals, on the fringest of society for whatever reason, while King of the City deals with three individuals at the heart of the power. Their themes are similar -- love of power and power of love can be very similar, as Moorcock says -- but whereas King of the City has a feeling of almost manufactured hope in it, Mother London is a celebration, full of joy and a real love of humanity. That affection for humanity is what marked Moorcock's fantastic fiction and is what endures through everything he writes. This book is a true classic and I treasure it. Emma T
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