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King of the City Paperback – Bargain Price, November 30, 2002
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Genius!" -- --City Life [London]
"Joyous!" -- --The Literary Review
"Unbeatable!" -- --Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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capitalism' -- consumerism -- it is a moving love story, an elegy for a past torn down and buried by human rapacity and greed, and it is FUNNY. While it can be compared to Bonfire of the Vanities, there really isn't any serious comparison. Moorcock keeps his passions, his commitments, his loyalties and writes from an angry heart that retains its tolerance and concern for the underdog, for the undervalued -- but never lets the top dog or the overvalued get away with it. Like most of his work, this book is not for the reader who simply wants their cultural values and presumptions reinforced. Moorcock has been questioning and
wrestling with the great concerns of our age since he wrote The Final Program and Behold the Man (in the same year) and King of the City reinforces the moral weight and voice of his extraordinary Holocaust series about Colonel Pyat, the jew-hating Jew. Like all his best work, including Mother London, this book is Dickensian in its mixture of humor and tragedy, and I wouldn't consider myself a sophisticated modern reader unless I had read at least Moorcock's London fiction, together with his
holocaust fiction. This would be a fine place to start -- though even the holocaust books can seem mellow in comparison! If you want anger, humanity, comedy, real tragedy and a loving picture of Moorcock's home city, this is the book for you. Its analysis of the world of modern commerce is brilliant. His solutions are knowingly utopian -- but you can never say Moorcock isn't positive.Read more ›
a whole different level of writing. All I can say is -- read
it and see what I mean!
Clear-eyed, ranting angry and positive, even optimistic. A great book for our age.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book draws you in and keeps the momentum going. I started a bit slowly because of very busy work schedule. But soon I got hooked in. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nick Young
Moorcock here has written a book about late twentieth century London. It also a of a commentary on the political and media power structures of the time, as a rocker type guy seems... Read morePublished on September 3, 2007 by average
I read this at the same time as I read Don DeLillo's wonderful Cosmopolis which is the 'cool' approach to the same material. Read morePublished on May 27, 2003 by John Conquest
One of Moorcock's finest realistic novels. This book has a strange structure, which gradually reveals why the central character, Danny Dover, is in the situation he's in,
then... Read more
The great thing about this particular novel is that all the music which seems fictitious is actually available on record. Read morePublished on January 27, 2002
I prefer Moorcock's more literary novels (such as Mother London and The Brothel in Rosenstrasse) and so was looking forward to this one. Read morePublished on December 20, 2001