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  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • I Am (Not) A Number: Decoding The Prisoner
  • Alex Cox
  • English
  • 19 May 2019

13 thoughts on “I Am (Not) A Number: Decoding The Prisoner

  1. david hinton david hinton says:

    fun overview of maybe the best tv programme ever Anyone who knows Alex Cox will not be oversuprised by diatribes about state surveillance but incisive analysis and an original idea about number 6 s original job are enjoyable and informative And he goes into about a frenzy about re use of Patrick Cargill which I sadly admit has had me perplexed for fifty years Enjoy , and , be seeing you Almost six out of six.


  2. Bretton Girl Bretton Girl says:

    I was introduced to The Prisoner as a child in reruns Despite my advancing years I am too young to have seen it when it originally aired.My mother was a fan of McGoohan s spy series Dangerman but could not fathom The Prisoner.As a kid I loved it and my favourite episode back then was the one where No 6 tells a story to some of the children in the village which involves a lady assassin.I did not learn much from this book as over the years I have watched a few documentary programmes analysing this highly iconic tv show However I had forgotten a lot of the details behind the show and some I did not know This book was a pleasing stroll down memory lane.


  3. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    Besides the occasional errors in the book, the conclusion of the author is absolute nonsense, but obviously I won t give it away here Needless to say, The Prisoner s subtext continues to confound all those who analyse it I personally think the series was stating an obvious truth about us all being prisoners in our lives to a certain extent, but the theory offered in this book is laughable Be seeing you


  4. Bill W Bill W says:

    An excellent, thoughtful, intelligent, thought provoking read Alex Cox presents the series in the order of production rather than broadcast and makes a good case for watching and interpreting it this way His version of the underpinning story and meaning are both compelling and unique A must read for anyone with an interest in The Prisoner.


  5. AndyMG AndyMG says:

    Whilst I do not necessarily agree with Cox s conclusions this is a thoughtful and helpful guide to arguably the best and most perplexing TV series of all time The book takes us through each episode and asks what we learn from each one I found it a compelling read and it certainly has made me watch the series again in a new light


  6. Stuart Mills Stuart Mills says:

    Very well written for a fan, it brought new insight into the true order of the episodes I couldn t put it down until I d finished it.


  7. David Partridge David Partridge says:

    Great service..great price for v good transitioned kindle book..


  8. Peterthewolf1 Peterthewolf1 says:

    A great read for all Prisoner fans Insightful and entertaining Some interesting background and theories about what it all means


  9. Dighton Forest Dighton Forest says:

    For those who know, and love, the 1967 TV series The Prisoner as I do this is an easy, yet fascinating read Part of Alex Cox s decoding of the mystery surrounding this series requires viewing the episodes in their original production order, rather than in the order they were screened or assembled on DVD BluRay for that matter This, supposedly, creates a logical sequence of events throughout the series, though, at the time of writing, I have yet to try this Each chapter describes the seventeen episodes of The Prisoner in detail, and at the end of each chapter, Cox asks what have we learnt , picking out salient points from the episode to support his case His conclusions in the two final chapters sorry, no spoilers are startling, perhaps revelatory, and bound to cause much debate between Prisoner afficionados.100% recommended reading for any Prisoner fan, regardless of whether you buy into Cox s approach and, in my mind, his highly plausible interpretation of this magnificent series.Be seeing you


  10. David Bonsor David Bonsor says:

    A reasonable read with much room for exposition Some passages do challenge the reader especially those who have viewed the original tv series to understand what the writer s , director s actor s had in mind as if the production was free form than the usual tv fare of the time That said, there is enough material to provoke the reader to consider alternative POV s for viewership is just the start, and discussion with self and others means you take away from the project all that you need to see your world with a different gaze To the series and portent of real dystopia, what else, be seeing you.


  11. Tim Lukeman Tim Lukeman says:

    With the 50th anniversary of the PRISONER now here, there s extra interest What s it all about with intelligence wit He approaches this question by looking solely at the episodes themselves, in the order that they were filmed, and nothing else Along the way he examines them with a director s eye the mind of a detective.His conclusion I won t spoil that for the prospective reader, except to say that he lays out his findings clearly from them deduces a smart, quite plausible explanation for the series I find it just as valid as any, and even so than many earlier attempts and yet, I m left with a certain nagging unease It s not directed so much at Cox himself, who has given us an engaging thoughtful book, well worth reading no, it s about the overall need of so many to pin down the contradictory, ambiguous richness of THE PRISONER to The One Right Answer.To me, the power of the series lies precisely in its refusal to be reduced to mere literalism It s a little ragged all of the pieces don t always fit neatly together but where some see that as a weakness, I see it as a strength As Cox himself notes, Patrick McGoohan s style always favored intensity feeling over what s now become the prevailing mode of geek minutia His roots were in a allegorical, poetic style of storytelling, one that s out of favor today often not even recognized by many who encounter it They tend to see only sloppiness logical imprecision, while missing the very real complex ideas emotions at play They want a puzzle needing to be solved resolved, whereas McGoohan wanted an experience that stayed with the viewer, rich in both feeling rich in thought And that includes paradoxes, questions leading to questions, and no final, definitive Answers From On High that would have been the kiss of death for THE PRISONER.So is this a book worth reading for fans of the series Most definitely Cox can never be dull or boring, and he certainly appreciates the allegorical cultural depths of the story he s decoding Just keep in mind that this is one of many possibilities, and that the true power of the series is that it can encompass all of those possibilities With that caveat, it s recommended reading be seeing you


  12. TP Strelich TP Strelich says:

    I watched the Prisoner on a B W TV back in late Pleistocene at a friend s house in Oildale they had cable and we were simultaneously mystified and hooked And even though I wasn t a Prisoner cultist, or even much of a follower, I d always been curious about the show and what it was really all about, so when a random event put a copy of I Am Not a Number in my hands, I gave it a read It s not only a great, informative, and fun read, it s also a great glimpse into the creative sausage factory of the Prisoner I never knew Patrick McGoohan was such a powerhouse writer director producer It covers the episodes themselves, the cultural politcal context in which they arose, and the talent and personalities that forged them Each chapter ended with a What have we learned section, and the whole book ended with an epilog basically a what have we learned for the whole book that was absolutely fantastic and anchored the 50 year old prophetic series to the present day essentially that the dystopian world the Prisoner was warning us about 50 years ago, is actually the world we live in today e.g., the surveillance state and all that and it provides a fantastic insight and bookend that I wasn t expecting at all and was a great and satisfying surprise A great book, about a mystifying cultural phenomenon, even if you re not a Prisoner cultist.


  13. Ex Machina Ex Machina says:

    Really enjoyed reading this while I rewatched the episodes I chose to watch the episodes in the order the book suggests, and then read the chapters afterwards Lots of tidbits about the production and the business of selling the episodes to the US I found fascinating Not sure I completely buy the author s final contention, which I won t spoil here, but must admit he makes some very interesting points.


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I Am (Not) A Number: Decoding The Prisoner The enormously puzzling TV series The Prisoner has developed a rapt cult following, and has often been described as surreal or KafkaesqueAlex Cox watched all the episodes of The Prisoner on their first broadcast, at the ripe old age of thirteen In I Am Not a Number, Cox believes he provides the answers to all the questions which have engrossed and confounded viewers including Who is NumberWho runs The Village Who or what is NumberAccording to Cox, the key to understanding The Prisoner is to view the series in the order in which the episodes were made and not in the re arranged order of the UK or US television screenings In this book he provides an innovative and controversial explanation for what is perhaps the best, the most original, and certainly the most perplexing, TV series of all timeClear and well informed written from a gifted film makers point of view, with a Coxian twinkle in its eye this is the best guide to THE PRISONER and its hidden depths that I have read If you want to find out who NumberREALLY was, and who what was managing the Village, look no further Christopher FraylingIf youve been itching for answers, theyre largely here Jon Wise, Sunday Sport


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