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Mother London
By Michael Moorcock
7/10 from 1 review
Categories: British Fiction
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Ahhh, s'ok
I first tried reading this several years ago, but became bored a few pages in and stopped. I can see why now, as it's a slow start to a meandering tale involving many characters. This, of course, isn't necessarily a bad thing if the characters are interesting enough to hold one's attention, but sadly this isn't the case. Despite recounting the lives of a handful of Londoners who are either telepathic or slightly insane, there's not quite enough to make it addictive.

The story spans almost half a century, from early World War II to the mid 1980s, and follows the characters as they gradually meet and become friends. Unfortunately, each chapter jumps to a seemingly random year from this period and while I'm sure there's some literary justification for this, it's hard to get involved in the narrative.

Despite being a less than rollicking read there are interesting aspects and the older sections made me want to live in London again, albeit a London of the 1950s and '60s. The city is wonderfully depicted as an ever-changing place, with new buildings, people and stories being layered upon its already complex history. One of the book's best guides to the place is Josef Kiss, a telepathic and eloquent "character" who observes his beloved city changing around him as he wanders around its boroughs. While some of the imagery and atmosphere will stick with me, it wasn't quite enough to keep me absorbed.
Rating: 7/10
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Posted by Phil on Tue, 14th August 2001, 5:41pm
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