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The Laughter of Carthage: Pyat Quartet #2020

The Laughter of Carthage Pyat Quartet Having escaped the horrors of the Russian civil war Maxim Arturovitch Pyat discovers that the hazards of Europe are as nothing to the perils that await him in America He is almost immediately involve

  • Title: The Laughter of Carthage: Pyat Quartet
  • Author: Michael Moorcock
  • ISBN: 9780099485131
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Laughter of Carthage: Pyat Quartet By Michael Moorcock, Having escaped the horrors of the Russian civil war, Maxim Arturovitch Pyat discovers that the hazards of Europe are as nothing to the perils that await him in America.He is almost immediately involved in further scandals, touring the country as a speaker for the Ku Klux Klan.In this second of Michael Moorcock s acclaimed Pyat series of novels, only the reappearance of PyaHaving escaped the horrors of the Russian civil war, Maxim Arturovitch Pyat discovers that the hazards of Europe are as nothing to the perils that await him in America.He is almost immediately involved in further scandals, touring the country as a speaker for the Ku Klux Klan.In this second of Michael Moorcock s acclaimed Pyat series of novels, only the reappearance of Pyat s enduring love, his femme fatale, Mrs Corenelius, offers him a chance of escape.

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    1. Originally published on my blog here in July 2001.The second of the Pyat novels centred around a minor character who originally appeared in the Cornelius Quartet takes his story from his escape from the collapsing Russia of the civil war which followed the 1917 revolution to a new life in the States He is as unpleasant a character as ever, definite proof if any were needed that the narrators of novels do not have to reflect the views of the author In this novel, Pyat becomes involved with the Kl [...]

    2. More uncomfortable reading.The second of the Pyat books is of the same unreliable narrator unpleasant shit the seedy underbelly of the early 20th cent near schizophrenic stylee ramblings from Pyat and dollops of racist paranoia thrown in for good measure.Pyat s naivety is to the fore in this book than the 1st as is his predatory and manipulative delusional sexual depravity.Bits are like a very unpleasant version of the movie The Sting.I ll continue on to the 3rd bookbut need to purge my head [...]

    3. An interesting fact of perhaps dubious relevance to both the book and the reader is that apparently this novel was written simultaneously with one of the other Von Bek novels The City in the Autumn Stars , which if nothing else proves that Moorcock knows how to make better use of his time than I do.Of course, I read that fact on the Internet, which makes it debatable whether it s even true and putting me roughly in the same category as Colonel Pyat, our narrator in the same sense that the drunk [...]

    4. I liked this book a lot The whole series is a borne of a legitimately fascinating thematic bent, and really explores these themes in a variety of very clever ways These clever ways also mean the book is rarely a compelling read The prose is very well written, but the deliberate repetition starts to mask this pretty well I end up with mixed feelings, because the choices make so much sense, but they also make the book a bit of a slog at times Ultimately it feels worthwhile, I just hope that the wh [...]

    5. The second of Michael Moorcock s Pyat Quartet sees our unreliable narrator misadventure through Constantinople, Rome, Paris and across the USA in the early 1920s Despite Pyat s often repellent beliefs, the richness of Moorcock s writing and his sense of time and place keep you reading to find out just what Pyat will get away with next.

    6. The second stage of Pyat s journey takes us from 1919 Odessa to 1924 Los Angeles, but his adventures aren t as interesting as the events of the Bolshevik Revolution recounted in the first volume The litany of ultra nationalist, monarchist narration intended to convince us that Socialism is the answer to all the problems of the world gets so dull it backfires After a few hundred pages of this glaringly negative propaganda, you start rooting for the Fascist villains Mrs Cornelious reappears but sh [...]

    7. The second volume of Colonel Pyat s memoir takes us on a wild journey through constantinople, Europe and America, as Pyat continues to search for his fortune and the salvation of his beloved Byzantium no longer associated with Orthodox Russia, which fell to the Communists Along the way he continues to indulge his every vice, justifying his racism and misogyny with the popular beliefs of the time, and occasionally launching into a fresh diatribe about the moral decay England in the 60s and 70s Py [...]

    8. Nothing like reading the whole 20th century in one bookIn fact, only about 2 4 years 1920 1924 But it seems a lot longer as the past life and the future life of Maxim Pyativich or however he spells it crowd the telling of the story.Pyat again is the Zelig of wherever he ends up This time in revolutionary Constantinople Byzantium , pre fascist Rome, lost Generation Paris, booming New York, corrupt Washington, Ku Klux Klan country and finally the beginnings of tinseltown LA Phew And again Pyat see [...]

    9. From the markets Seduced by the title Why don t I find out what Michael Moorcock got up to since his sci fi grew too wierd for the age I was, although I persisted beyond my grasp at the time, intrigued.

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