Victor England, the great film director, returns to Hollywood to finalise arrangements for his next production. Everything seems propitious: he has a firm contract with a studio that owes him a substantial debt of gratitude and whose top executives are top friends of his. Why, then, is he left to languish in the grand hotel owned by Verdugo, which in Spanish means executioner? What is the relationship between Victor, who can write equally well with left hand or right, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, about whom he once made a film, a film which is showing on TV as he enters his suite? Who is the beautiful girl whom he sees in the lobby, and is she the same girl who is later found dead under sinister circumstances? Is Victor England a victim or a killer?

There have been many novels about Hollywood. There has never been one like this. Frederic Raphael's vision of California Time is of a 'sequence of presents', and his innovations in the form of the novel serve only to add to the multi-faceted strangeness of the 'celluloid capital'. Victor England, young and old at the same time, is a man of many wives and many films, rich and yet dependent on the bounty of a failing industry, whose golden slave he is.


Get it on Google Play

Used availability for Frederic Raphael's California Time

Hardback Editions

April 1976 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: California Time
Author(s): Frederic, Raphael
ISBN: 0-03-014516-3 / 978-0-03-014516-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 1975 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: California Time
Author(s): Frederic Raphael
ISBN: 0-224-01124-3 / 978-0-224-01124-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

August 2013 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: California Time (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): Frederic Raphael
ISBN: 1-4482-1365-7 / 978-1-4482-1365-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: California Time (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): Frederic Raphael
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU