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July Books 2) The Prisoner

2) The Prisoner, by Thomas M. Disch

Picked this up off the family shelves when in Ireland a couple of years ago; prodded into reading it now by tomsdisch's livejournal, which is, entertainingly, written in very much the same style, 37 years later.

I understand that hardcore Prisoner fans do not regard this novel as canonical, but I think it's pretty true to the spirit of the TV series, and most plot discrepancies can be explained as artifically induced hallucinations. My favourite moment is when Number 6 is about to escape in a hastily constructed metal cage (to protect him from the attentions of Rover and his cousins) but is frustrated by landscape at a crucial juncture.

Must go and buy the DVDs now.

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jenmarya
Jul. 6th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip about Disch's lj. I only have one of his books on the shelf now, but that's only because the ones I lent out never made it back.
loveandgarbage
Jul. 6th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
Have you tried the recent spin off novel by Jon Blum and Rupert Booth? There are details of it and some other planned novels here (I am not on commission ;-) )

http://www.cerebralmassage.com/Powys/Prisoner/book1reviews.html
purplepooka
Jul. 6th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
I can highly recommend it, I thought they played very well with the idea of bringing in elements that modernise it while keeping the setting timeless, and their surreal humour just makes the tone perfect. And while I'm not on commission, I should declare my "friend of the writers" interest.
applez
Jul. 6th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
YOU are number 6
re: DVDs - cheers for reminding me, I think I'll be digging out my box o' Prisoner for a Prisonerthon now. :-)
wwhyte
Jul. 6th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
I'm very fond of it too. The other two Prisoner novels were written by relative nobodies, but despite that (and despite the fact that it's only about 30,000 words) The Prisoner -- A Day In The Life is if anything even truer to the series.
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