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More a triptych than a trilogy, Paths of Error gives us 3 views through the same window of time. In this the second book, Constant Change, the main character, Blue, begins as an idealist with no ideals. His way is found through women. Rejected by his first girlfriend he drifts into the Merchant Navy, jumps ship in Sri Lanka. Through an American girl there he discovers Buddhism. In London, through an Irish girl, he comes back to boozy earth with a bump . ...
Paths of Error: As Recorded
A story in its own right, 'As Recorded'is the third and final book of Sam Smith's Torbay trilogy, 'Paths of Error'. Told throughout in interview form, in 'As Recorded' the hero, Sniff - as he was known in 'Constant Change' and 'Undeclared War' - tells of the childhood of the trilogy's 5 main characters - Newt, Blue, Pancho, Mort and himself - from their starting school in Curledge Street to their all going on to Totnes Grammar; and of their fi...
The book describes a 24 hour shift with RSW Fat Barry in a British 'care' home for adolescent girls. During those 24 hours one girl teeters on the dge of psychosis, others sniff solvents, 3 go on the game; and they fight, one cuts, one smears faeces, one steals; and one member of staff slips towards a nervous breakdown... Throughout we are given the case history of each girl, c.v. of each member of staff, all interspersed with quotes from invented texts....
A gangster's wife and youngest children are killed by a car bomb. To overcome his own grief, he becomes a grief counsellor; but on his own starts to confide in his stillborn twin sister. This introspection is interrupted by two men who break into his woodland garden in search of their missing sons......
More a triptych than a trilogy, 'Paths of Error' gives us 3 views through the same window of time. This, the first, 'Undeclared War', sees rebel-born Tom Newson fighting his way out of Paignton, into the army, through Cyprus and out of the army. In 60s Brixham he discovers drugs. In Crete he finds a life worth living. Then he finds an old girlfriend. But he ends up, lost, dealing in 70s London......
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