- 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: 6,751,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Firing the Cathedral: A Jerry Cornelius Novella Paperback – 31 Aug 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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...
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).