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Andrew Sinclair's major achievement is the
"Albion trilogy": Gog, Magog and
King Ludd. These three historical novels, full of
historical references and metaphorical events, reexamine England's past
and England's mythology.
Gog (1967) is a fantastic flight of imagination that takes the reader
for a tour of mythological and historical England while describing a
biblical battle between good and evil.
At the end of WWII a gigantic sailor is washed ashore (naked) in Scotland,
after his ship hit a mine.
He has lost his memory and only remembers his name, Gog, that is tattoed on
one hand. On the other hand, he has tattoed "Magog", a name that elicits anger
in him. He is taken to a hospital but soon escapes. Heard from the populist
Maurice that the Labor Party has won the election, Gog decides to travel to
London, that is now ruled by the "people".
But, first, he meets the Bagman, a prophet inspired by the poet
William Blake and who interprets Gog's mission as a biblical endeavour.
The Bagman prophesizes that two cities will be destroyed and then London will
burn down unless the BBC (the British radio) is turned over to him.
Then Gog realizes that he is being followed by a woman, Maire, who makes fun of
him, and then meets the pixie Cluckitt. Soon Gog discovers that Cluckitt's
name is Miniver and that he knows Maire. He is in fact Maire's lover.
Gog is afraid of his enemies, the agents of Magog, who surely are trying to
As he continues his pilgrimage to London, Gog's adventures get more and more
surreal and often occur after he falls asleep, which may imply he is merely
Thus, it is not clear whether Maire makes love with her bisexual chaffeur
Jules/Julia or it all happens only in Gog's dreams. Ditto for the evil
Crook, whose abominable acts include the sodomization of Gog, which occurs,
again, while Gog was asleep. Gog also has the vision of an orgy led by Magog.
And is convinced that numerous events are assassination attempts, as if
someone did not want him to reach London.
When Gog meets Cluckitt again, Cluckitt pretends last time they met was seven
years before and that Gog is in reality historian George Griffin, who used
to be obsessed with prehistoric British mythology and, in particular, was
conducting a research on Gog and Magog. Cluckitt turns out to be an old
colleague of his, one who slept with his wife Maire. Did Gog dream the previous
events, distorting his past in a Freudian manner, or are Cluckitt and Maire
taking advantage of his amnesia? Maire confirms that she is his wife and that
she has been playing with him to see if he really lost his memory and how
much he remembers. Gog learns that he has indeed a half-brother, whose name is
Magnus and that he calls him Magog.
Little by little all the pieces of the puzzle fall in place.
Gog meets his own mother, Merry.
Gog has a vision of his son Arthur and then meets a Fat Girl, a simple-minded
country maid, who claims to be the mother of Arthur. Gog's son Arthur is
therefore a bastard as much as Gog's hated brother Magnus.
Maire drugs Gog (in fact she has used alcohol instead of a drug, but it works
fine) to force Gog to tell her everything he remembers. It is revealed that
Magnus is a very successful politician who has a strong influence on the
Gog meets his own teacher Evans, the man who introduced him to ancient Druidic
wisdom, and learns that he, George Griffin, had based his research on how
"gogmagog" split into
"Gog" and "Magog" on an ancient gaelic text but lost the original and only
produced his own english translation. Of course, nobody believed that the
gaelic text existed. So Evans fabricated that text.
After meeting again Maurice, also on his way to London, Gog is caught in a
bar brawl and Maire has to help him out of jail. Maire tells him that he
cannot escape her, because she is inside his mind and he is simply walking
back to her in London.
After meeting his mother again, who is now the lover of a wealthy hunter,
and visiting holy places (Canterbury) and mythical places (Stonehenge),
and being warned by Evans against the Bagman (who is a false druid, while he,
Evans, holds the keys to the archives of druidic wisdom that contain all
past events and all future events, including the truth about Gog, but which are
accessible only to druids), Gog finally reaches London.
The first person he meets is the Pardoner, who is running a carriage service
to London and abusing a poor donkey so much that Gog punishes the Pardoner and
then carries the donkey across the bridge into London.
Gog wakes up in his house. Maire is there and knows nothing of his journey:
she was in the ambulance all the time that took him from Edinburgh to London.
Jules and Julia are there, respectable servants who are offended by his
remarks. Maire tells him that he has not met any of the characters of the novel
since before the war. He has imagined everything.
Maire checks on the story that he has a bastard son and only finds out that
he has adopted a child by the name Arthur.
As Gog walks around the streets of London, he cries to see so much rubble
due to the German bombs. The news that the Americans have dropped two
atomic bombs on Japan (the Bagman's prophesy) and that Japan has surrendered
cause great excitement in the population but terror in Gog, who remembers
the Bagman's prophecy: London is about to burn down.
George finally meets with his stepbrother Magnus who reproaches him and tells him
he is simply jealous of Magnus' own success, of how smart and handsome Magnus,
the illegitimate child, is. Magnus reminds him that he, George,
owes everything he owns to a large inheritance from a relative. Magnus has
become a close friend of Maire and sides with her in condemning George's
spiteful, hostile behavior. Magnus confesses that he was happy about the
bombing of London because he believes that London must be destroyed in order
to be rebuilt (he is minister for city planning). George drinks too much and
loses his temper. Attacked, Magnus runs. George chases Magnus through the city,
passing in front of all its legendary places, falling into the den of the
Fat Girl from which the Crook emerges naked, and ending in the offices of the
BBC, where Miniver is about to interview the Bagman. George thus witnesses
the Bagman's self-destruction in the attempt to blow up the BBC. George resumes
his mad chase through the streets of London till he breaks into the Parliament
and gets on the throne. Finally arrested, George hears Maire and Magnus whisper
behind him that they will seize his assetts. But George takes advantage of the
huge crowd of drunk people celebrating in the streets and escapes. A bunch of
sailors kidnap Maire and George imagines them being subjected to all sorts of
orgies, while Magnus gets run over by the crowd.
At the peak of the fervor and the apocalypse, George finds a new meaning in
life, as he realizes that he does not believe in the people anymore, he
believes in individuals, and even Magnus/Magog is an individual.
As he reconsiders the purpose of his life, George is faced with a fork: one
way leads back to where he came from, a search for himself; the other way
leads to his house, where probably Maire and Magnus are waiting to tell him
that he imagined everything again. As he reaches the fork, Gog does not know
which way to go.
In Gog's own words:
"does it count as a pilgrimage when you're in search of yourself, not of God?'
Just before WW II, Gog is a student who is writing his thesis at Cambridge
University. He meets sinister people, who turn out to be spies,
and his twin brother, Magog, and goes on a pilgrimage to Stonehenge.
During the war he successfully employs an ancient Druidic formula to decipher
the nazi secret code.