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They were sitting in Jerry drinking Club coladas with Slinkster Dog curled up between them. Slinkster Dog's stomach gurgled with pleasure. He was very happy, because Weetzie was so happy now and her new friend Dirk let him ride in Jerry as long as he didn't pee, and they gave him pizza pie for dinner instead of that weird meat that Weetzie's mom, Brandy-Lynn, tried to dish out when he was left at home.
Weetzie was leaning out the window holding Rubber Chicken by his long, red toe. The breeze was filling Rubber Chicken so that he blew up like a fat, pocked balloon. At the stoplight, a long, black limo pulled up next to Jerry.
The driver leaned out and looked at Rubber Chicken. Belonged to Burt Reynolds," the driver said, and he drove off. Weetzie put the toupee on Rubber Chicken. Really, it looked quite nice. It made Rubber Chicken look just like the lead singer of a heavy-metal band. Dirk and Weetzie wondered how they could have let him go bald for so long. Dangerous Angels brings together in one volume all five of Francesca Lia Block's celebrated novels about Weetzie Bat and her nontraditional L. Populated by fascinating characters, filled with the magic, and occasional misery of the creative life and enriched by themes of the redemptive power of love, respect for the natural world, and the universal search for self-identity, the Weetzie Bat books are modern classics in the making.
The publication of Weetzie Bat in heralded the arrival of one of the most powerfully original voices in contemporary literature. Francesca Lia Block's marriage of gritty realism and magic in the pages of her postmodern, punk fairy tale was brilliantly innovative. In the books that followed, Witch Baby , Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys , Missing Angel Juan , and Baby Be-Bop Block enriched readers' understanding of her characters, of the intertwining of love and magic, and of the conflict between light and darkness in contemporary life. Block's wonderfully lyrical writing style matches the authentic sweetness and fundamental innocence of her sensibility and that of her characters.
Because of the vividness she brings to her California settings, Los Angeles is as lively a "character" as Weetzie Bat herself. Block issometimes described as a regional writer. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, her characters' search for love, self expression, and personal identity is equally indigenous to the concrete canyons of New York and the wheat fields of the Great Plains, as it is to Hollywood or Weetzie's flower bedecked home in Laurel Canyon.
Like Weetzie, all have received high praise and prestigious awards.
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Show More. Table of Contents. How would you apply this quote to the four other Weetzie Bat books? Block writes about the real Los Angeles better than anyone since Raymond Chandler. Missing Angel Juan takes place in New York. Does this change of setting make the novel significantly different from the other Weetzie Bat books? This is also the only Weetzie Bat novel to be told in a first person voice, that of Witch Baby. In what ways does this change the experience of reading the book?
In such phrases as "lanky lizards," "duck hunt," and "slinkster cool" Block invents a "slanguage" for her characters. Can you find other examples? How do these compare with slang that you use in talking with your friends? Francesca Lia Block is also a poet. How has this influenced her style as a fiction writer? The author says that Witch Baby is the character with whom she most closely identifies. How would you describe Witch Baby as a person? Witch Baby "outs" Duck to his mother [p. Why do you think she does this?
Is it wrong for her to do this? Block's characters love not only one another but the natural world as well.
How do they demonstrate this? How does the character of Coyote Dream Song embody this? How and why do the four magical animal "gifts" in Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys change the band members?
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When we set them free. Magic is a regular part of all of the Weetzie Bat books. Genies, magic lamps, ghosts, tree spirits, and more are part of the characters' daily lives. Why do you think Block adds these magical elements to her stories? Are they enriched by this intermingling of the magical and the realistic? And what do you think Block meant when she told an interviewer, "Magic and love.
That's the equation, finally. Out of love there emerges transformation and transcendence. Average Review. Write a Review. Anonymous More than 1 year ago I didnt just read this book I tasted it, touched it, smelled it, saw it, and heard it. Poetry that is oddly sensory- every be-bop and slinkster word delectable. In other words I adored every magical word of it. Her writing is so poetic and beautiful, you can easily lose youself in her world.
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