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Like Gargantua or Tristram Shandy, Dennis "Denny" Dover is born with all the portents of some future myth. "I was born in Mustard Street. In the top back room of the Hare and Hounds. On 21 December 1952. My dad... was the last real Londoner to be hanged for murder." We first meet Denny, the narrator of Moorcock's scurrilously exuberant London novel, on a downer. He has scored a coup, photographing a supposedly dead English billionaire, Johnny Barbican Begg, enjoying illicit, copulatory bliss with an English countess on a Bahamian island. Denny's scoop is outscooped, however, by Princess Di's car wreck, which not only chases everything else off the headlines, but puts paparazzi in bad odor with the public, forcing Denny to hide out in an English resort town, Skerring. In the long flashback taking up most of the book, we go from the early '70s remnants of a swinging London, with Denny a cult rock and roll guitarist, to his news photography in Rwanda and then his paparazzo days. At the heart of Denny's story is his love for his cousin Rosie Beck, and for working-class London. Rosie metamorphoses from a radical to Barbican Begg's wife and, perhaps, the plotter of his downfall. Moorcock includes real people, like Johnny Lydon, and a host of fictional characters, like the Quentin Crisp-like actor, Norrie Stripling, as though the book were Moorcock's version of the Sgt. Pepper album cover: private favorites and public enemies. Fans of Moorcock's science fiction might find the references hard going, but readers of his Booker Prize-nominated Mother London will enjoy the novel's angry rant against the vices of the age.
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"Brilliant!" -- --BBC Night Waves
"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.
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 17 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