J2.11 The Destructor

Annotations for Jerusalem by Alan Moore
Book 2 – Mansoul – The Destructor

Page 764 – titled The Destructor

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2 thoughts on “J2.11 The Destructor”

  1. Does anyone know if the landlord murder mentioned on p.730 (UK single hardback edition) is referred to elsewhere in the book? It seemed to specific, I was expecting it to come up again but it didn’t and so now I’m wondering if I’d missed it earlier on. Full reference: “A desperate landlord murdered a streetwalker with a hammer in the back yard of his pub”.

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  2. DATE = 1059…ish.

    • 2006 while viewing the Destructor.

    • Back to 1959 when the Dead Dead Gang delivers Michael back to life.

    P.O.V. CHARACTER = MICHAEL WARREN

    OBSERVATIONS AND QUESTIONS:

    • Page 768, last par: So Michael misheard what Audrey said when the Dead Dead Gang overheard her in Bk 2 Ch 9 “The Trees Don’t Need to Know,” thinking she said something about her dog climbing into bed – and he didn’t even realize it was Audrey.

    • Page 770, par 2: When Asmodeus is mentioned as “Sam O’Day,” it’s often (or always?) preceded by words like “side-winding,” “stuck-up,” “slobbering,” or “sardonic” – words that start with S! (I would guess that this alliterative technique goes all the way back to Asmodeus’ introduction at the beginning of Book 2.)

    Some people may enjoy this technique, but not me, and it probably has to do with the fact that I’m actually the Associate Administrator of the Anti-Alliteration Alliance!

    • Page 771, par 5: While the Dead Dead Gang are where the builders are putting out the fire, “Phyllis gave her orders between coughs.” But don’t ghosts not need to breathe?

    • Page 777, par 3-4: They see the exploding man (the sight of which bothers/haunts John in Bk 2 Ch 7 “Sleepless Swords”) while they’re in 2006 and note that he must have exploded around that time.

    Was there a terrorist attack in Northampton in 2006? I was assuming that the actual explosion took place somewhere else but the guy’s ghost just ended up back in Northampton (like what happened to John when he died).

    • Page 779, par 4: Mr. Aziel explains that the torus is “the secret shape of space and time” and that Snowy spent so much time on the roof because he “had learned from his father that a chimney is a torus.”

    • Page 779, last par: John explains that the Destructor destroys “the whole community that it wiz built right in the middle of. Destroying people’s dreams and hopes for a better future for their kids, that takes a better sort of fire, a fire that people in the living world can’t see, not even when it’s turning all their houses, schools, and clinics into rubble.”

    Further, it notes that “this was instead a pure and awful poetry of fire, that set morality and trust and human happiness alight, that turned the fragile threads connecting people into ashes” (page 780, last par).

    Michael realizes “that it was meaning that was being turned into ash here, and was not really surprised that many of the burning, blackening scenarios were only meaningful to him” (page 782, par 2).

    • Page 782, last par – This is a good line about the poor: “There were sepia councillors and planners in Edwardian offices changing the way they thought about the poor, from seeing them as people who had problems to problems themselves, problems of cost and mathematics that could be resolved by tower-block proposals or by columns in a balance-book.”

    I’m currently in the middle of reading Moore and Ian Gibson’s Balland of Halo Jones right now, and this reminds me of a similar concept in that. Titular character Halo Jones was born and raised on the “Hoop,” where people were dumped when they became too poor – described as a “’poverty reduction programme,’ it didn’t reduce poverty…it just meant that people no longer had to look at the poor.”

    • Page 788, par 4: Awesome, so Bill and Reggie went through with their mammoth capturing plan! When Phyllis ask them how they found one so quickly, Bill answers back: “Quickly? You’re joking. We’ve spent nearly six months finding Mammy ‘ere and training ‘er and everything.”

    • Page 797, penult par: Philip Doddridge says to Marjorie: “Wizn’t this grand? Everyone’s read your masterpiece, Miss Driscoll. That’s why you’ve got such a crowd turned out to see you. They all want to be in the last scene of chapter twelve!”

    • Page 801, bottom: John to Michael: “Goodbye for now, then, nipper. You give your dad, your nan and all your uncles and your aunts my love. And can you tell me one last thing: did your dad ever talk about his brother Jack at all?”

    Michael is confused as to why John would ask that, but answers in the affirmative, mentioning that his dad talks about Jack all the time. To this, “John smiled and seemed inordinately pleased.”

    This seems to pretty much confirm that John is Michael’s uncle Jack who died in WWII.

    • Page 803, last par: This brings us back up to 2006, when adult Michael gets knocked out by the barrel of chemicals (that he actually ghost-sabotaged with Bill last chapter) to jog his memory of Mansoulian so he can tell Alma:

    “Naturally, he hadn’t retained all the details of his afterlife adventures, but Alma assured him that if he’d forgotten anything it wouldn’t be a problem. She’s just make it up.”

    Those are fucking awesome words to end Book 2 with!

    Okay, wow, so all this shit is going to tie together in Book 3. And also the Lucia Joyce chapter haha.

    THESE LINES MADE ME LAUGH:

    • Page 793, penultimate par: Realizing that there were actual sheep there because they were on Sheep Street and silver when they were on Silver Street, Michael “hoped that they would not be going anywhere near Ambush Street, or Gas Street for that matter.”

    • Page 801, par 6 – Marjorie to Michael: “I suppose we’ve solved the Riddle of the Choking Child, and so this is the chapter’s ending. Don’t go getting knocked down by a car in two years’ time and spoiling it so that I have to do a re-write. Although when you do die of old age or whatever it wiz, and you come back up here, then don’t forget to look us up. We can all get together for the sequel.”

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