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By Neil Perryman, Sue Perryman

One woman's particularly sweary, thoroughly unofficial, yet sometimes insightful advisor to the 1st 26 episodes of the cult BBC technological know-how fiction sequence Blake's 7. This e-book collects the 1st half the reasonably profitable Adventures with the spouse and Blake web publication ('The method Back' to 'Star One') and incorporates a new advent, unique episode annotations and a foreword by way of Gareth Roberts.

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Lance is also the recipient of one of Sarah’s miracles. Lance is named after Sir Lancelot from Arthurian legend. Parkis named his son Lance because he mistakenly believed that Lancelot was the knight who found the Holy Grail. Mr. Parkis Mr. Parkis is hired by Bendrix to discover whether Sarah is having an affair. The investigation takes place after Sarah’s relationship with Bendrix has ended. Parkis is congenial enough but inefficient. He involves his young son in his business, which creates comic moments in the novel.

In Hollywood, West emphasizes, the natural is the artificial. The unusual characters in the novel parallel the melange of styles and values depicted. A dwarf, a painter, a bookkeeper, a family of Eskimos, a cowboy, a vaudeville comedian, and an untalented actress/prostitute are the principals. But their mixture expresses the frustration rather than achievement of talents. The life of these extras, movie fans, would-be stars, screenwriters, and hangers-on is one of boredom, suffering, and impotence repeated thematically and symbolically throughout the novel.

Difficult to control and uncertain in their goals, the masses feel threatened by their idols and are prepared to destroy them when they fail to gratify their dreams. In the neo-Gothic world of his California, West creates a riveting but profoundly disturbing fiction. Source: I. B. , edited by Jim Kamp, St. James Press, 2000, pp. 988–89. Kingsley Widner In the following excerpt, Widner examines the Hollywood setting and culture that underpins West’s novel. The Greener Masquerading Early in the novel, West makes a distinction between the “masqueraders,” the costumed roleplayers characteristic of Hollywood (and, more generally, of the manipulative, shifting, and anomic southern California culture and society), and those retirees and other refugees, mostly from midAmerica, who have “come to California to die,” They, representing the broader American society, provide the audience of the masqueraders.

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