Moorcock conceived of Gloriana as his last fantasy novel, which it wasn’t, and as a crucial turning point in his career, which it was. Spenser’s. Gloriana the First is the Queen of Albion, an alternate version of England. She is the ruler of a vast empire, and lives in a vast, labyrinthine palace. She is known. Gloriana by Michael Moorcock – book cover, description, publication history.
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Quire is cunning and cruel but again, can’t hold a candle to Steerpike’s cunning. Moorcock was a friend of Moorccok and the influence of Gormenghast is clear in this work.
As such, the book as a whole finds itself a little bit wanting, giving us a fantastic setting but racing through the plot almost because it has to. Albion’s world is one of many parallel worlds of which Gloriana’s people are just learning.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I feel bad for the person who unknowingly picks this up thinking that its a more realistic historical novel or bless their innocent hearts an actual biography of Queen Elizabeth I. I read this becuase my husband’s a devoted Moorcock fan they’re on first name terms- isn’t this internet thing amazing?
It shows clear traces of its influences, but these are in the most part more literary than before. This is, without question, the best pornographic deconstruction of The Faerie Queene I’ve ever read. The maddening thing is that glorian you’ve read this book you keep thinking about all the other, better characters.
Peace throws men into a kind of confusion few of them have the strength to bear for long—responsibilities blossom. For instance, he doesn’t like Tolkien but does like Peake, to whose memory he dedicated this book.
The writing is different from Moorcock’s other work, more like Mervyn Peake, whom the book is dedicated to. Like a lot of people, the first thing that drew me to Michael Moorcock was the Elric saga.
The ending in particular drives home just how oddly the plot has played out, how inadequately certain dramatic elements have been established. I’ll diplomatically say it’s just not my cup of tea – there are just too many lists of fabrics, metals, walls that makes the prose unwieldy.
glorizna The writing itself was, to my mind, easy to read. There is a delightful Quentin Crisp quote about how innovation is not ‘seeing your neighbor to the left has a straight walk and your neighbor to the right a curved and thence making your own diagonal’, suffice it to say that Moorcock has posited himself as the rebel of fantasy, sapping the high walls built by Howard and Tolkien.
For the rest of the book — the rest of Gloriana’s life — she’s too concerned with being g,oriana queen, with being a country. Queen Gloriana rules Albion, an alternate reality British Empire, with the help of her Chancellor, Montfallcon, and his dirty deeds in the name of the throne. On the one hand Moorcock’s casual treatment of fetishes and homosexuality and crossdressing feel utterly modern, but on the other.
Michael Moorcock is brilliant! I slogged through the first half of this book with little interest. Maybe if I had mooecock those books I would’ve seen glorianaa subtle satire he is apparently working with.
But Peake spent the whole book diving glorjana the innards of that psyche, while Moorcock is content to use it as a symbolic black box. My Fantasy Book Suggestions As in Spenser’s allegory, certain of Moorcock’s characters resemble real personages.
Therefore ‘Gloriana’ does promote virtues within the Court of Gloriana but this is really on a surface level. Finally Quire exits the walls and claims the role of Gloriana’s court champion, mooorcock her lord chancellor, and ultimately her lover—threatening her place as sovereign and symbol of Albion. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Given how dark and topsy-turvy the book has been prior to this, you can read it as just another sign of history gone awry, although I can see where people would have problems with it as even on a metaphorical level its a bit unsettling. In this case, the myth is that of Albion and what it is to be British – things never stated, only entered by stealth into the readers’ soul. But even the utterly ruthless Quire does gloriaha fully understand what he has set in motion when he persuades the Queen to fall in love with him A mad woman with ties to the story that come up in the last 20 pages?
The sound you hear may be the proverbial medieval chickens coming home to roost.