The Truth: Stage Adaptation Paperback – Feb 21 2002
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?One of the funniest authors alive? ?The Independent
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Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing today. He lives behind a keyboard in Wilt shire and says he 'doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three already'. He was appointed OBE in 1998. He is the author of the phenomenally successful discworld se ries and his trilogy for young readers, The Bromeliad, is scheduled to be adapted into a spectacular animated movie. His latest book, The Truth, is the 25th novel in the Discworld series.
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This one, however, is more than that. The reader accompanies William de Worde, hapless hero and fledgling newspaperman, as he founds "The Ankh-Morpork Times". On the way, Pratchett examines the ins and outs of journalistic ethics, the importance of the truth, the challenges of developing a successful newspaper, and the sheer joy of finding the words with which to feed the ever-hungry printing press.
In short, Terry Pratchett's "The Truth" combines hilarity with some not-too-serious introspection. A tantalizing mix for old friends of Discworld and new readers alike.
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This particular book focuses on the beginnings of Ankha-Morpork's first Newspaper, and how "the truth will make ye Fret" - if you happen to be dishonest and are involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the government, that is! William de Worde is our hero, proving that the pen is truly mightier than the sword.
This particular book is about the creation of the newspaper industry in the fictional Discworld. It reminded me a lot of "Going Postal" (the first book in this series I read) which traced the beginning of the Postal service in Discworld.
Also thrown in is a parody of the Watergate/ Deep Throat story, and some light parodies of Nixon era conservatism and conservative values:
"Apparently he says he's looking forward to a new era in our history and will put Ankh-Morpork back on the path of responsible citizenship, sir....Apparently he wants a return to the values and traditions that made this city great."
"Does he know what those values and traditions were?" said Vimes, aghast.
The photographer for the newspaper is a vampire with a fascination for flash photography. And if you think a vampire is the last person who should be playing with bright lights, perhaps you can see where some of the humor is going.
Also like the other books in the discworld series, Pratchett does a clever job of explaining away potential anachronisms in his sword and sorcery era fantasy world. For example, there are cameras and tape recorders in this novel, but they are all powered by magical imps. (It is kind of similar to the old Flinstones gag of having all the modern appliances performed by dinosaurs.) Some of it boarders on corny, but mostly its good fun.
The Truth is the first Pratchett novel I ever read, and remains a favorite after all these years. At first I was a bit hesitant by the suggestion - after all, I really have no interest in reading about dwarves and elves and things of the like - but I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Although there are several elements of "traditional" fantasy in Pratchett's Discworld books, the motifs are as much a part of his larger satirical work as the "main" subjects. You can take nothing in Pratchett's novels at face value, and his work is a delight for literature enthusiasts (I remember studying obscure 18th-century literature as an undergraduate, and stumbling across a reference to some of the same texts in a Pratchett book I happened to be reading).
The Truth follows a hapless William de Worde as he accidentally becomes involved in the publication of Ankh Morpork's first newspaper. Pratchett creates a world of fabulous characters as he examines how something as pedestrian as a newspaper can change the political and social landscape of a society - for better and for worse. He tackles subjects such as wealth and privilege, politics, and racial prejudices as he effortlessly satirizes all elements of various social institutions. No one is safe from Pratchett's scrutiny and wit, and the result is a truly entertaining and intelligent novel.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Discworld novels, I always recommend The Truth first. I really feel that it has something for everyone, and serves as a wonderful introduction to Pratchett's style while delighting audiences of all kinds.
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