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I am (not) a factually correct writer
13 February 2018
Many books have been written about The Prisoner. Most of them are awful. This is no exception. I purchased because Alex Cox has a great history. A trusted history but alas he has let us down as this is quite simply dire.
If one is to attempt to dissect or 'decode' as Cox calls it, then one would assume, one would watch it, take notes and research it but imho this simply did not happen. The book is sloppy and in some cases factually incorrect.
For example actress Jane Merrow does not play a character called Angela (it is actually Alison). Patrick McGoohan HAS done screen kissing in his career, something Cox informs us he hasn't.
Many of his dialogue quotes are incorrect. For example Number 6 in The Chimes of Big Ben does not say "All the Earth one big village". He does however say "The Whole Earth as the Village?" In the same episode Number 6 does not donate prize money to a fellow villager. He offers to buy a tapestry that is later used for a sail and where is the small swimming pool in Kosho fights? The list goes on.
The book also contains very short episode synopsis for all 17 episodes, often omitting important scenes and then 8 pages 'decoding' it. I won't reveal the content here as you may wish to judge for yourselves but it does appear a little short.
In conclusion this book does not decode anything. Cox gives his angle on it and that's fair enough but decode? No. It's interpretation. A wasted effort.