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Moorcock - Pyat Quartet

PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:10 pm
by Bowker's cat
Just finished the quartet. Maxim Arturovitch Pyat must be one of the best anti-heroes ever to grace fiction. Born on 01/01/00 the self-delusional, bisexual, cocaine snorting ,engineer, inventor, spy, anti-Semite fascist is the narrator of his version of 20th Century history up to the 1970s. Brilliant books.

The Quartet -

Byzantium Endures
The Laughter of Carthage
Jerusalem Commands
The Vengeance of Rome

Moorcock - Pyat Quartet

PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:39 pm
by staroffurby
I have been tempted so many times to read these, but find Moorcock's style not to engrossing or easy to follow for some reason. I am seriously thinking if its worth putting some effort in as so many not only love the books but love the hero, or as you put it BC anti-hero.

As far as anti-heroes go it will take something to beat my fav, "Dude" Lebowski.

Moorcock - Pyat Quartet

PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:03 pm
by Bowker's cat
staroffurby wrote:I have been tempted so many times to read these, but find Moorcock's style not to engrossing or easy to follow for some reason. I am seriously thinking if its worth putting some effort in as so many not only love the books but love the hero, or as you put it BC anti-hero.

As far as anti-heroes go it will take something to beat my fav, "Dude" Lebowski.


Yeah but this bloke is totally nasty as well.

One of the nice things about the books is that Moorcock is well down with the historical detail, so it tends to act as a distraction with Pyat bungling his way through it. His meeting with the likes of Rohm and Hitler are hilarious and basically completely rips the piss out of Hitler. Well worth the read.