Thursday, September 20, 2012

Michael Moorcock Warlord Of The Air

Moorcock tells this story in an alternative future, by the eyes of a typical soldier of the British Empire who is sent to an alternative future where the British Empire seems to have created an utopia. At least in the main character's eyes.

The British Empire after years without going to war ( the technology is not as advanced as it was back in our actual 1973) which leads to apparent economical and social advances. We will know later that the Empire is in fact lying in fragile foundations.

There are billions of people still starving and living in poverty while a few live happily enjoying the advances of science and all modern society goods. This book treats an universal theme, that is why it is so compelling and impressive. One can change history events but the very nature of man will remain "evil".

Look at the world these days, transpose the ideals presented here and realize Morcoock makes a portrait of our very own world. While some will be happy celebrating the new i-pad, downloading digital content for a few dollars, watching 3-D films, eating yogurt ice-cream ( because Oprah said it was healthier) others will still work for 14 hours to produce a consumer good for the rich. Yet this person will earn at best, a full plate of food.

This book is rather political in a way that the author shares his political views but he also succeeds describing a fantastic world. Essentially, a society lacking elements like: poverty, exploration, some having better lives than others, social discrepancies, diseases, plagues, does not exist in reality. Well, that is why we call it utopia.

I personally agree in all terms with Moorcock: he does not say that armed revolution is the way to change, in fact, it concludes pessimistically presenting a single fact: all forms of riots lead to chaos and death of several innocent lives.

The "steampunk" and "dieselpunk" aspects of this book make it more impressive and interesting. The dirigibles populating the world skies, the Victorian and Edwardian way of life almost intact after 70 years yet that society can have access to the goods of the technology after those years.

Moorcock's style is rather elegant, precise. His technological descriptions expose details when necessary: he does not waste time abusing of it to simply show erudition.

To me a great book is one that you cannot discern between reality while reading it is hard to stop reading. This was "Warlord Of The Air" for me.

Incredible, radical, fantastic and innovative. Five stars are few for rating it.

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