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Description - The "Fifth Elephant" by Terry Pratchett

A new stage adaptation of one of Pratchett's best-selling novels Commander Vimes is sent to wild, wintry and Transylvania-like Uberwald to establish trade links with the King of the Dwarfs but he ends up trying to stop and inter-species war. On his side though, is a talking dog, a reformed vampyre and a self-made man. You can tell he's self-made because the stitches still show. Vimes may have arrived as Ankh-Morpork's ambassador but he soon finds it's not all golden chocolate balls. Now he's an escaped prisoner - out in the icy woods, wearing only the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya and being chased by a pack of fascist werewolves who don't play by the rules."One of the funniest authors alive" The Independent

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780413771155
ISBN-10: 0413771156
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The "Fifth Elephant" by Terry Pratchett

UK Kirkus Review » Those addicted to Terry Pratchett's Discworld series are well aware that the success of the books is due to a complex and quirky combination of elements: the wondrously fractured logic of Pratchett's Discworld itself; the bizarre cast of characters that the author has created (and adds to book after book); the idiosyncratic (but logical) plotting; and - most of all - Pratchett's authorial voice, commenting, explaining, wisecracking. It might seem that to remove Pratchett's voice by converting a book to a stage production would sink the ship. But not so. Pratchett has been lucky in enjoying some very adroit dramatizations of his books, where more than enough of the original flavour has been transmuted into a new medium. Here Stephen Briggs's clever telescoping has made a baggy novel into a swift-moving and diverting piece. Commander Vimes is dispatched to a savage, grip-of-winter Uberwald (distantly related to Transylvania) to set up trade links with the King of the Dwarfs, but he finds himself caught up in an inter-species war. Helping him out is a motley crew: a talking dog, a vampyre who's given up drinking blood and a self-made man (who still displays his stitches). The doughty commander finds himself an escaped prisoner, on the run from a pack of fascist werewolves. As an adaptation, this is top drawer - almost all the best of Pratchett's novel is here. Having said that, it would take a very special production to do it justice. Perhaps it's best just to read the play and enter the theatre of the mind? (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Terry Pratchett

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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