The Carpet People

In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness Then came the Carpet That s the old story everyone knows and loves But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples, and there s a new story in the making The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet The story of power hungry mouls and of two brothers who set out on anIn the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness Then came the Carpet That s the old story everyone knows and loves But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples, and there s a new story in the making The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet The story of power hungry mouls and of two brothers who set out on an adventure to end all adventures when their village is flattened.It s a story that will come to a terrible end if someone doesn t do something about it If everyone doesn t do something about it .First published in 1971, this hilarious and wise novel marked the debut of the phenomenal Sir Terry Pratchett Years later, Sir Terry revised the work, and this special collectable edition includes the updated text, his original color and black and white illustrations, and an exclusive story a forerunner to The Carpet People created by the seventeen year old nascent writer who would become one of the world s most beloved storytellers.
The Carpet People In the beginning there was nothing but endless flatness Then came the Carpet That s the old story everyone knows and loves But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples and there s

  • Title: The Carpet People
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780544212473
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Carpet People”

    1. If Terry Pratchett's writing could be said to have an over-arching message, it is this:1. There are better ways to do things than hitting people over the head.2. Other people are still people, no matter how different their culture; we should respect them.His agenda of peaceful toleration is more explicit in this early novel than in most (the first point above is almost a literal quotation from The Carpet People), but has formed the serious content of almost everything he has written.

    2. The Carpet People is one of those novels that would read like imitation Terry Pratchett if it were not, in fact, written by Terry Pratchett. By which I mean, this is an early novel and it shows. Much of the trademark humor is present, but the characterization and plot are a little lacking.Most troubling, though, is the lack of explanation for the carpet metaphor. Without it, the story is a basic story, one that has been told a thousand times, of a group of misfits who learn to work together to o [...]

    3. I love this book. I've loved since I first read it 15 years ago. I love it for the way it tickled my imagination with the wonderful idea of entire civilisations living in the carpet. I love it for the standard fantasy adventure story that it is at its core but told in such a way and such a world that even I didn't yawn at the constant walking from one place to another of it all. I love that after all this time I still get excited by reading it and I love this shiny new illustrated edition comple [...]

    4. Before Discworld there were The Carpet PeopleThis was Terry's first novel and, well, you can sort of tell. It is still wonderfully written and there is the trademark humour he has so wonderfully carved out as his own, but it was definitely not his best. There were ideas and characters and the imagination that can all be found somewhere in Discworld, so if you've read those you'll feel like you're tucked up in a familiar duvet. And if you've read those, you'll be so in love with Terry you won't m [...]

    5. This is the book which started me on the steady path to reading science fiction. I was enthralled by the imagination which could capture the life and environment which may exist beneath our feet in a small carpet (or rug as suggested by the book) and the complex geo-politics and racial tensions which exist there. This is the original version of the book written by the then 17 year old Terry Pratchett and not the edition re-written by him when he was 43. This is the one I found in the children’ [...]

    6. bookslifewine/r-the-carpetThis one was pretty adorable. I decided to buy a copy of The Carpet People after completing Dragons at Crumbling Castle and the passing of Sir Pratchett (they happened at roughly the same time). Dragons at Crumbling Castle was simply adorable (recommended for young readers!) and I was very interested to see what changes were made when Sir Pratchett revised, fleshed out and (re) published The Carpet People which was initially written when he was 17 years old.The Carpet P [...]

    7. I've read a number of other people's reviews of The Carpet People and I have to say that I think many of those that criticise it are missing the very valuable about it.First of all this is not a great example for an introduction into Terry Pratchett. If you're a younger reader then I'd suggest Wee Free Men or the 'Johnny And The' Series, although font let that put you off starting with The Colour of Magic. That is where I'd suggest any older readers start read a good few of Pratchett's novels an [...]

    8. this book reminded me why I read, fundamentally. I read for fun, not to analyse or to be critical for . And this is one of those books that I can't find anything to complain about, because well I wasn't looking too hard. But if I had I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. I would have missed the humour and been like this reading itRather than being like this But suffice to say this book was HILARIOUS! the characters were brilliantly fun, and larger than life and made me roll on the floor laughing M [...]

    9. I was a young teenager when I first read The Carpet People. I loved it then and I still love it now. It’s a fantastically imaginative, funny tale, and it has some characters in it that are cherished by me to this day. I’ve heard people complain that the book isn’t up to Terry Prachett’s Discworld standards. Well, in fairness, he was only seventeen when he imagined and wrote the original concept (as I think is quite well known by his fans (?), he rewrote it when he was forty-three, althou [...]

    10. Странно ми е да чета толкова мрънканици за тази книга. Не била оригинална, била прототип, била не знам какво сиСамия факт, че Пратчет е измислил цяла една приказка за един проклет килим още на 17 е смайващо доказателство за ненадминат талант. Разбира се, не знам какъв е бил ори [...]

    11. Ok, as you can tell this book was a little disappointing. I was told that this book should start me off and make it easier when I get to start the Discworld series. I found that, with this book at least that Terry Pratchett's plot didn't make much sense. The simplicity of the writing makes sense, as it is a children's book. Though as a whole I found this book and Terry Pratchett so far to be disappointing. I wanted to love the book, but unfortunately I didn't. I can only give this a 2 star revie [...]

    12. I was a bit trepidatious about this book, mostly because I read the Carpet People short stories in 'Crumbling Castle' and wasn't that wowed. (The second was better than the first but, overall, I wasn't really sure how the story would be sustained as a standalone novel.)I was heartened, then, when I read the intro and discovered that this was not the story as originally written but, rather, a revised edition a sort of collaborative effort, as Sir Terry puts it, between his 17 year-old self and hi [...]

    13. I'll give it 4.999 for philosophical reasons. Wise people insist that there's always room for improvement.Heh. Well. Maybe. This book's pretty much perfect.This your average swords and horses and kingdoms under siege story and yet it isn't your average swords and horses and kingdoms under siege story.It's all in the delivery. Just like a great actor can bring a staid piece, a done-to-death act alive, Terry Pratchett charms not just with his plot but the characters running around in it, giving ev [...]

    14. Sir Pterry's first published novel, as revised when he was in his forties.The cutesy worldbuilding of a world among the Carpet does have its problems when you are telling a tale of conquest and empire -- even as revised.But we have the tribes and Counting, the notion of money, pones that hang out when things look interesting, wights that remember everything that has happened and will happen to them, an under-Carpet passageway, a whiney emperor, and much more.

    15. I liked Terry Pratchett’s first book way more than I expected. The idea of people living in the carpet is simply delightful. I loved the colorful hairs and dust, the snargs, the pones, the adventures. There are clearly two Pratchett’s at work, and often I can see who wrote what. The story is all over the place but the imagination and the witty observations are vintage Pratchett. And Sir Terry’s own illustrations are a special treat!

    16. I enjoyed this early (and revised) story from Pratchett, it was a fun adventure, with some of his trademark observations on life and wit worked in throughout. I also enjoyed the story included at the end as he first wrote it in serial form at 17 for the local paper. It’s great to see his early work and developing voice, that we know grows into such a great writer in years to come.

    17. This delightful story has just recently been rewritten by the author, almost forty years after he first produced parts of it for a column in his local newspaper. After reading this, no one will be able to look down at the floor again, or at the carpet or rug covering it, without wondering what worlds might dwell beneath their very feet. Will the detritus and debris, that accumulates between the threads, alter their lifestyle or create danger for the inhabitants dwelling there? Written for childr [...]

    18. I was extremely upset recently by the passing of Terry Pratchett. I can't remember when I first picked up a Discworld book but I was in love immediately and have eagerly awaited every single one. I only just realized though that I have only ever read a couple non-Discworld Pratchett books, so I decided now was the time to go back to where it all started, the first book he ever wrote.As to be expected in a book written by a 17 year old (though Pratchett did some work on it again many years later) [...]

    19. A funny first novel! You can tell Terry was still cutting teeth with this one though, even with the rewrite. However you can see little glimmers of his blossoming wit coming through. Also this book would have worked without Chapters just like his discworld books, but he was probably restricted by the publishers just like he was with the Tiffany Aching series.

    20. Le stelle sarebbero 3 e mezzo, ma solo il nome "Terry Pratchett" ne vale una, quindi"Il Popolo del Tappeto", una storia scritta da due autori, uno 17enne e l'altro 43enne. Entrambi si chiamano Terry Pratchett. Ebbene sì, ci troviamo davanti al primo libro scritto da uno dei miei autori preferiti, dato alle stampe negli anni '70, e poi aggiustato e riproposto negli anni '90, quando tutti chiedevano a gran voce la prima opera dell'autore del Mondo Disco.In Italia ovviamente questo libro non si tr [...]

    21. The Carpet People - According to his own words a collaboration between 17 year old aspiring fantasy writer Terry Pratchett and award winning author of the famous Discworld series Terry Pratchett.I didn’t realise this book is not part of the Discworld series when I bought it, but not that I mind, I enjoy his standalone books just as much.The Carpet People is, as the name says, a story about a number of tribes and people who live in the Carpet, a vast land covered in carpet hairs stretching off [...]

    22. "The Carpet People" 2009 illustrated and re-written by 43-year old Terry Pratchett from age 17 1971 debut version. Only 250 pages create a miniscule magical world, peoples beneath our feet, with beliefs, fears, feats of daring. This gem is the consummate contrast to my previous read, Eragon, another village boy who leads sworn foes to the heart of a mighty empire [spoiler: then leaves). Paolini "coronates" p758 "regnant" p759 Queen, whereas Pratchett toys with whining wastrels. "And growing on t [...]

    23. Terry Pratchett's first novel, written when he was very young indeed and then revised somewhat for a new edition after he had achieved writing fame. The result is, in his own words quoted from memory, a book that is not quite what he originally wrote and not quite what he would have written at the time of revision. This is predominately a children's book, but more complex in style and content than, say, the Johnny Maxwell series. And not at all complex compared to the Discworld novels. It tells [...]

    24. reviewstaphorosis 2.5 starsThe Munrung tribe, forced out of their village by the devastation of Fray, followed by a wave of snarg attacks, try to make their way through the Carpet to the capital. Somehow, despite the efforts of chief Glurk, his clever brother Snibril, and wise Pismire, they get off track. Often.I can't say The Carpet People is really a good book. It's awkward, choppy, and overall feels like the work of an earnest novice, which it was. It also has quite a few very funny bits as S [...]

    25. This is Terry Pratchett's first novel, a children's novel, first written when he was 17 and published in 1971 with the author's black and white illustrations, then rewritten when he was 43 and published in 1992. Pratchett's own hand-colored art was used in an edition originally published in Great Britain by Doubleday in 2009. I have read he first U. S. edition of this published in 2013.The story centers on a tribe of very tiny people who live in a carpet in which the carpet hairs seem to them to [...]

    26. This story was fun. The fantasy setting was a little forced and often confusing, and the commentary on wars and governments was a little heavy-handed, but it was still an enjoyable read. It had the expected Pratchett silliness and characters with ridiculous and fabulous philosophies.

    27. I can see some hints of the Terry Pratchett to come, in this book, but the more interesting thing is how good this book isn't. If I were a struggling author, reading the early works of people like Pratchett would be a great reminder that no one starts out writing masterpieces.

    28. פראצ׳ט שיכתב ספר שכתב בתור נער. התוצאה מוצלחת בעיני. בעולם הדיסק ההומור משתלט לפעמים על העלילה וכאן יש שילוב נכון של עלילה והומור.

    29. Another one via the CD player in the car; this is the sort of book where you want to read the other reviews before you set about writing your own. You don't realize how mixed is the bag described as "Here is the first book of one of the greatest writers of his age, an arguable Wodehouse of fantasy fiction" until you open it up and read how a writer writes before he's at the peak of his powers.The problems arise when "before the peak of his powers" means that the book is missing the completed sen [...]

    30. This book is a great read for Terry Pratchett completionists, or for people who have enjoyed some of his writing and want a look at the place where it all began. 40-something-year-old Pratchett's editing is visible, and leaves the raw sections written by his younger self standing out in the cold. On the plus side, this book did a lot to encourage me to write a novel myself. If the seventeen-year-old who piled this crap together became Terry Pratchett, the sky's the limit.

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