- Title: The War Hound and the World's Pain
- Author: Michael Moorcock
- ISBN: 9780671604097
- Page: 499
- Format: Paperback
The basic premise is that Lucifer isn t an omniscient, omnipotent arch fiend, but merely a frustrated, desperate exile God exiled him to earth with no instructions no further communication In his own words, he tells how everything he did since then was his own idea, done on his own initiative He tried to prove he could build a world greater than the Creator s, revThe basic premise is that Lucifer isn t an omniscient, omnipotent arch fiend, but merely a frustrated, desperate exile God exiled him to earth with no instructions no further communication In his own words, he tells how everything he did since then was his own idea, done on his own initiative He tried to prove he could build a world greater than the Creator s, revealing that most world rulers clergy are really his However, by the 17th century, Europe is dying in unending warfare plague despite his efforts to make a better world Lucifer admits that his efforts have been a colossal failure he s no idea why Moreover, he just wants to reconcile with God go back home to his old position in heaven In desperation Lucifer sends an agent to find the Holy Grail Grasping at straws, he believes the legendary Grail will grant immediate union with God, as a result the Last Judgment an end to the World s Pain Unfortunately, he s no pure knights to seek it The closest thing he can find is Capt Ulrich von Bek Von Bek is far from innocent A mercenary, he s wilfully commited murder, torture, rape robbery as part of his craft Von Bek has a conscience, he d just gambled there was no God or Devil to answer to for his crimes Now Von Bek goes forth on this hopeless quest convinced that Lucifer, quite possibly God, are both out of their minds Oakshaman edited
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Behold the Man… Who else but Michael Moorcock, in all his devious craftiness, could employ Satan, Heaven & Hell, souls, damnation, and a quest for the Holy Grail, as tools for a story whose central premise is a call for humanity to eschew religious belief and embrace scientific discovery and secular self-determination. I mean…damn…regardless of which side of the God debate you place yourself, Moorcock deserves some major kudos for having both the sack and the creativity to use plot [...]
Fascinating look at the 30 Days War before the Dawn of Reason. The battle between Lucifer and God is played out across war scared Europe as The fallen One vies for a return to Grace enlisting the aid of doomed mortals in a deadly chess match. I can't recall a book where both God and Satan are portrayed this way and it is amazing. The Devil is not all bad and God is not all good. Put that in your pipe and smoke it
We all have our strange little rituals. Mine is, at the beginning of every year, to read nothing but authors with whose work I am unfamiliar. (Occasionally, I have sinned; but mostly, I keep to this.) A few weeks ago, I read a laudatory review of Michael Moorcock in the Times Literary Supplement. The only one of his books that caught my eye at the local library was The War Hound and the World's Pain, so I took it out not knowing quite what to expect.How to describe it? Imagine something like Mil [...]
An early fantasy classic of war and of dealings with the forces of darkness [though with Moorcock's usual ambiguity]. The violence of early modern central europe and the reality of knightly values pulls the fantasy-fascism of Elric down to earth and sharpens the sense of what cruelty really is. Certainly an early high point in Moorcock's fluctuating canon. The first of the long Von Beck cycle which weakens with time.
I enjoy this book, even though Von Bek is an idiot. It's amusing to watch him accept everything that Lucifer tells him as the truth without any questions at all. The book is typical Moorcock fantasy, complete with the sardonic hero, the loyal sidekick, the dandy that may or may not be an ally, and a war between gods. Still, the (mostly) real world setting makes it more interesting to me than the made-up settings of Elric, Corum, and other Eternal Champions.
While it doesn't quite transcend expectations like some of Moorcock's books, this moody adventure that reads a little like Vance meets Bunyan has some interesting speculations on theology.Gruesome violence of the 17th century setting also helps keep this memorable. Fans of Phillip Pullman's fantasies should search it out. What was up with the giant cat? I love his books for inexplicable weirdness like that.
Look at the beautiful figure on the cover. Doesn't he look striking? Angelic perhaps? Would his words soothe your soul, comfort you? Perhaps you should give his story a listen. You won't be disappointed. You might even discover the source and cure for the world's pain. This story focuses on the fantastic adventure of a professional soldier named Ulrich Von Bek. He has captured/killed many enemy soldiers and proven so excellent at waging war that he he has earned some measure of fame and a nickna [...]
I have read very little Moorcock, but have recently decided to rectify this by reading through the Eternal Champion series. This is the first novel in the first Omnibus "Von Bek" - and what a great place to start it is! A brilliant, multilayered tale of a man with no choice but to serve Lucifer, and his psychological musings on the nature of life as he travels across war ravaged Germany, and then an increasingly bizarre other world. As an Atheist, I was particularly tickled by the ending, and it [...]
The hot cover lured this prepubescent boy in. What he found was his reflection, pained by rejection.
WAR HOUND opens in 1631, during the Thirty Year War. A mercenary, committed neither to Protestant nor Catholic factions, von Bek led his soldiers in the looting and burning of the city of Magdeburg. When some of his men contract the plague, von Bek abandons them.Von Bek finds himself in an (ecologically impossible) forest: flourishing trees and plants, without insect or animal life. He arrives at a beautiful castle—clean, well provisioned, and empty. Recognizing that he and his horse need to r [...]
Originally published on my blog here in May 2001.The seventeenth century Thirty Years' War was a forerunner of devastating twentieth century conflicts. Disease and famine followed direct casualties and atrocities were carried out on a huge scale (the sack of Magdeburg an example) as bands of mercenaries rampaged out of control across the countryside. The religious background to the war was not reflected in Christian virtues during it.Von Bek is a mercenary captain in the war. He has lost what fa [...]
1st read in the '80s, just re-read it.I think on re-evaluation this is one of my favorite Moorcock books (this and The Brothel in Rosenstrasse: An Extravagant Tale, incidentaly another Von Bek book).Recently been reading a load of Arthurian texts and this is a grail quest too. But unlike a load of the Arthurian stuff it actually has a conclusion and, for Moorcock, a happy ending.It has all the standard Moorcock stuff (apart from the gender bending/time traveling JC stuff): Law vs Chaos; nearly e [...]
Moorcock is usually classed as a science fiction/fantasy author. This book might be classed as a theological fantasy as the major character is Lucifer. As ever, I appreciate fresh takes on old symbols and I like historical novels.
A nice bridge book, lying between Moorcock's older swords & sorcery and his newer, more philosophical novels. This provides some interesting orthagonal looks at his multiverse and also rather amusingly is a rejection of all things fantastic.
Captain Graf Ulrich von Bek is a scholarly German aristocrat of the 17th century whose military career has devolved into the role of mercenary in the Thirty Years War. Disgusted by his participation in the massacre and torching of the city of Magdeburg in 1631, and detecting the early signs of plague among the remnant of his forces, he strikes off on his own. He finds himself in a forest eeirly absent of all animal life. On a mountain in the forest he discovers an immaculately maintained castle, [...]
Da:webalice/michelestelDi Moorcock avevo già parlato presentando le raccolte dei racconti del suo eroe più famoso, Elric di Melniboné. Da quella presentazione appare evidente che io non abbia mai apprezzato molto Moorcock, pur riconoscendogli una certa originalità nel mondo dell'eroic fantasy, ed una qualità di scrittura che lo pone un gradino più sù dei suoi contemporanei e precedenti. Perché allora questo ritorno ad un autore non tanto amato?Perché sul blog Plutonia Experiment di Ales [...]
panopticonitalia/2The Hound of the war is a novel of sword and sorcery, belonging to Trilogy von Bek (the others remained unpublished in Italy), written by Michael Moorcock and published in our country from the North in 1984.Unlike what happens in the saga of Elric of Melniboné, the English author chooses this time the historical setting, leading us in the middle of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), first religious conflict (between Catholics and Protestants) and then political (between France [...]
For about 15 years now I've been a huge fan of Moorcock's Elric series. I've read the original series several times, and I'd recently thought about reading the "new" Elric books (hey, '89 and '91 are new compared to the 60s and 70s). But for some reason I decided to give one of his other series a shot, and I'm really glad I did.War Hound is the first book in a series centered on the Von Bek family. Unlike most fantasy I read, this was set in Europe during the 30 Years' War, so I didn't expect mu [...]
Premetto che non avevo mai letto Michael Moorcock, anche se, curiosamente, qualche giorno prima che un affezionato lettore della mia libreria mi prestasse "Il mastino della guerra", ero riuscito a trovare una copia della saga di Elric, che a questo punto leggerò molto molto presto (per i tempi della mia classica pila di babele sul comodino). Se il set è la guerra dei 30 anni, senza dubbio uno dei momenti più tragici e terrificanti della storia dell'umanità, la genialità di Moorcock sta nel [...]
Unlike the Blues Brothers, Ulrich von Bek was on a mission from Lucifer.Michael Moorcock’s fantasies have always tended to have a philosophical and, sometimes, theological bent to them, but this is more evident than ever in ‘The War Hound and the World’s Pain,’ a tale of Lucifer attempting to achieve his own redemption with the aid of a 17th Century mercenary captain — the ‘war hound’ of the title. The story begins against a backdrop of the brutality of the Thirty Years War in Germ [...]
Según nuestro compañero de página Ferran Canetenc, para seleccionar un libro de entre varios acumulados en la pila de lecturas, ni sinopsis, ni portada, ni autor de renombre… no hay nada mejor que leer el primer párrafo del libro en cuestión, y a continuación, el último. Si hacemos este experimento con El perro de la guerra y el dolor del mundo, el resultado es esta bomba de relojería haciendo tic-tac.Inicio: “Fue el mismo año en que la ola de crueldad exigía no solo la crucifixió [...]
Michael Moorcock echoes the form and picareque adventures of medieval romances in this short and fast moving novel. It opens in the mode of historical fiction, set in German lands during the upheavals of the Thirty Years War; but the novel soon steps into the realms of the fantastic. I would hesitate to label it 'fantasy'. It is a medieval-style romance set at the end of the age of superstition and heralds the beginning of the Age of Reason. True to the form of such romance, many threads are lef [...]
17th century Europe and Hell as settings? What's not to like? This first "confession" of a member if the Von Beck family is briskly paced, and contains a great deal more philosophy than sword & sorcery. I'm rather surprised it hasn't been adapted into a film.
Came late to this writer bur sure glad I was led there. I was fully taken by the originality of thought and character development; style was fresh too, but took some getting used to. Love the use of "thee" and "thou" and wholly rocked by the use of capitals. Am going on to 2d chronicle.
Every page is awe-inspiring as Moorcock weaves a fantastic tapestry of words and symbols. I've read a lot from this author but never expected this. Get it where you can.
I've used a spoiler to preserve the plot, although to be honest it's no more than the summary on the back would tell you.(view spoiler)[Ulrich von Bek is a professional mercenary during the Thirty Years War. Sickened by the slaughter both sides have inflicted on each other in the name of religion, he deserts his men when he sees that some have contracted plague. He rides away through a countryside that is ravaged by death, starkly portrayed:“Even the ravens of the battlegrounds had fallen dead [...]
Interesting take on religion and Lucifer the fallen angle.
Avec un titre superbe et mystérieux, ce roman se présentait sous les meilleurs auspices. Belle écriture, contexte intéressant, personnages classiques. Un mercenaire éduqué et instruit est amené à conclure un pacte avec Lucifer. Ce dernier souhaite retrouver sa place au Paradis et demande au héros de trouver le Graal, afin d'éradiquer la douleur du monde. Notre mercenaire, qui souhaite également récupérer son âme au passage, entame donc une quête improbable. Et c'est là que les ch [...]
Michael Moorcock has never written what people would call "standard fantasy", although his Corum books would be as close as he gets. This book, written in 1981, is set in Europe during the 30 Years War of the early 17th century and takes the reader on a journey posing some interesting philosophical and metaphysical questions. This is part of Moorcock's Eternal Champion series, and it does have some of the basic structure that many other books in the series have. There is discussion online that t [...]
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