This book is a poet's novel. Its heroes are Peter Button, a poet enchanted by a vision of King Arthur and in pursuit of his true love, Michael Rustass, a would-be poet without a word to his name, and Penjohn, an outrageous sorcerer, drunkard, charlatan, and author of the great anonymous 14th-century poem 'Quia Amore Langueo'. Into this fellowship come Nancy, the worthy Dulcinea of Peter Button's fantasizing, and Spotfifth, the evil offspring of Penjohn and engineer of troubles.
The adventures of these heroes leads them from the West Country to Soho, to encounters with Astronaut Colonel Borman and his dog, to terrifying conditioning in Newspeak, to a vision of Apocalypse in Hyde Park, London, and ultimately to Peter Button's last calamitous affair of honour.
This epic is set in the present day and in its strange mirror our own times are movingly and tellingly reflected. in its terrifying account of the future mechanisation of man and its praise of life and poetry, the book takes to itself many images of man, and binds then into an epic lyrically told.
Published in 1973. The DJ is present but is a little dog earred with a chunk torn from the back cover. The cover is in good condition, the binding is good. Internally clean. A good fantasy novel.