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3.0 out of 5 stars Too chaotic for it�s own good, 3 July 2004
This review is from: Cure for Cancer (Jerry Cornelius tetralogy / Michael Moorcock) (Paperback)
The second Jerry Cornelius novel (following on from 1965's The Final Programme) finds a now black Jerry setting off on another bizarre and outlandish adventure - but unfortunately this outing is less compelling than his first. It's appropriate enough that this novel should be rather chaotic in structure, but far too much of A Cure For Cancer is unfocused and rambling. The middle hundred-odd pages are particularly guilty of this - we never quite learn what Jerry is up to, in fact the motivation of all the main characters is obscure for much of the novel, and its hard to maintain interest when you never know why anything is happening or what the characters are striving towards. Instead we are left with a series of colourful but ultimately empty vignettes - Jerry gets thrown into a prison camp; Jerry joins a group of Red Indians, etc. Some of the war torn background described here is fascinating, but when the plot regarding the struggle for Jerry's invention finally kicks in it becomes clear that the travelogue through Europe and America that makes up the bulk of this novel hasn't actually advanced the plot one iota. On the plus side when Moorcock finally reveals what's going on, the last 50 pages make for a grand finale - it's just a pity he couldn't have either let us know earlier what the book was actually about, or have edited out some of the padding.
A bit of a let-down after The Final Programme - and if you're not already au fait with the concepts and characters of Moorcock's Multiverse I suspect you'll be even more lost than I was - but if you can stick with the meandering middle section you'll be rewarded with a decent ending.
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