I loved this weird Kafkaesue waking nightmare ntil we got to the end and everything was suddenly explained I had the same reaction to the 1997 Michael DouglasSean Penn movie The Game Don t look at the man behind the curtain But let s be realistic The Prisoner was a popular series at the time and is apparently being remade According to boxofficemojocom The Game grossed a respectable 109M worldwide Kafka on the other hand died a miserable death at the age of 41 It s pretty obvious what the correct choice is So with that introduction here sThe Missing Final Chapter Of The TrialK woke and felt How to Be an Even Better Listener unaccountably disoriented He tried to muster his thoughts Where was he And what had happened Suddenly everything came back to him The two men the knifeThe rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons This new Penguin edition of Disch s novelisation the one that in his lifetime he resented every reprint of is timed to coincide with the recent miniseries remake Disch contracted to write this for a small fee while particularly short of cash even before he caught a few episodes of it on US television and he felt no particular affinity to the series but went on to create his own kind of embellishment on what he had seen with little regard as to how his novel might match the series end result It certainly diverges from it in any number of ways but that s possibly explained by the very likely grafted on notion that this was meant as a seuel Number 6 has been recaptured and he goes through the motions once with similar tenacity but with a very different set of results I didn t see this as a seuel at all but I like the notion that The Prisoner s deliberately inexplicable nature can give rise to different interpretations and outcomes from its themes Given the circumstances of its conception this isn t considered a great Disch novelnderstandably so although I still found it to be elegant throughout particularly the elouent cat and mouse dialogue between Number 6 and Number 2 which felt exactly as it should and which gives an indication of why Disch was probably right to be offered this gig he made a mentally A bit disappointing I m a big big fan of the original TV series and Disch s seuel He's a top level agent highly skilled and The Robot Lovers ultra secret But he wants out and they won't let himit He its anyway Then suddenly comes the dawn when he.
Suppose we could regard it as the non canon eighteenth episode lacks something spark or surreality The Village doesn t feel like Portmeirion there s a lot of long winded mazy dialogue that would have been done a lot pithier in the serial In his defence I believe Disch had only caught a few episodes when he wrote this He has a good arch style though and this book s miles better than the godawful Western episode Living In Harmony Perhaps Ballard or Aldiss could have done a tie in novel justice The ending wraps p some stuff and it feels like proper bonkers Sixties spy fi But it s much in the spirit of The Avengers than The Prisoner This was a decent attempt at novelizing the classic 1967 British television show The Prisoner The book was published after the show in 1969 and attempts to detail the Village and Number 6 As in the show Number 6 relentlessly deals with his antagonist Number 2 and makes every effort to escape The book mimics the show s smart and ick dialogue filled with literary and classical allusions intrusive and constant surveillance and psychological manipulation I went back and checked out most of the show after reading The book adapts a few episodes for instance The Arrival where Number 6 arrives to the Village and makes an impulsive escape attempt The episode A B and C where Number 6 ndergoes dream manipulation in order to extract the reason for his resignation And episode Many Happy Returns when Number 6 gets away but is tricked into being brought back Real Love uestioning who is really running the Village The book indirectly references The Schizoid Man and Hammer Into Anvil but does not incorporate them into the plot The book is spot on with recreating some parts of the show and then creates other elements However in my honest opinion the show did a better job only because the book was limited as to what it presented I would recommend and give this story a chance if you enjoyed the show Be seeing you A book based on the TV series which just like I considered the TV series was pointless and a waste of my time readingwatching Saying that it does capture the 1960s TV show perfectly so maybe a good read for fans of the show 1 out of 12 I liked the writing style of this the sparseness the cyclical feeling of it I don Wakesp in captivity in a pleasant old style seaside town one packed solid with electronic surveillance hardware This is The Village And he is The Pri.
Know if it d be easier to get if I d known anything in advance if I d seen the series maybe I didn t know this was based on a TV series I assumed it d be the other way round with a big name like Disch I found some things weirdly predictable especially the end like I had seen the series or read something about it at timesWeird anyway but enjoyable and well written well structured Not a favourite but I don t know I might keep it around I do want to try of Disch s work Thomas Michael Disch 1940 July 4 2008aka Thom Demijohn Leonie Hargrave Victor Hastings Cassandra KnyeA top level agent highly skilled and The Rhetoric of Reaction ultra secret But he wants out and they won t let himit He The Ghost Light Kids Get Hooked uits anyway Then suddenly comes the dawn when he wakesp in captivity in a pleasant old style seaside town one packed solid with electronic surveillance hardware This is The Village And he is The Prisoner If he was good enough sharp enough to be a top flight cloak and dagger man is he good enough to escape the men who ve chained his life to the wallA famous line I Am Not a NumberThis was also a great T V show Surprisingly good for a TV novelization is praise too faint to serve this book This is not merely a good tie in it s This is an odd little story based on the famous television series from the 60s It s certainly not Grey (Fifty Shades, up to the literary standards of Disch s well known work but it goes on interestingly enoughntil the characters decide to stage a production of Shakespeare to mask an escape attempt they and the reader kind of get caught Triumph (TriAlpha Chronicles, up and lost in the thing and well it s kind ofnclear and confused so I ll give it the benefit of the doubt since that seemed to be much of the theme of the show I have not seen either the original series or the remake I saw this book at the library and thought at first it was the book that the series was based on I rmemeber a friend telling me abou the series and about Number Six After I checked out the book I realized it was written after the series came out I liked the book p ntil the ending The ending made no sense to me and was a disappointment because I was interested in the story p ntil that pointPerhaps if I saw the series I would change my mind on that point but after reading the book I have no desire to see the serie. Soner If he was good enough sharp enough to be a top flight cloak and dagger man is he good enough to escape the men who've chained his life to the wal.
Poet and cynic Thomas M Disch brought to the sf of the New Wave a camp sensibility and a sardonicism that too much sf had lacked His sf novels include Camp Concentration with its colony of prisoners mutated into super intelligence by the bacteria that will in due course kill them horribly and On Wings of Song in which many of the brightest and best have left their bodies for what may be genu