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Maskerade (Discworld Novels, Band 18) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Januar 1997
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There are strange goings-on at the Opera House in Ankh-Morpork. A ghost in a white mask is murdering, well, quite a lot of people, and two witches (it really isn't wise to call them "meddling, interfering old baggages"), or perhaps three, take a hand in unravelling the mystery. Fans of the popular Discworld series will be happy to see some old friends again in Maskerade, the 18th novel in the series.
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In the meantime Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax have decided they need a 3rd witch and Agnes would do. The decide to go to the city to just "check up" on her. They become embroiled in the "ghost of the Opera" legend and succeed in thwarting an evil plot while having a great deal of fun with Nanny Ogg's hard earned money. Just remember it ends like most opera.
I liked this novel, but then I love opera. I also have seen almost every variation of the Phantom of the Opera ever made (except the musical). The problem is that for some of the humor, the reader must have some knowledge of Opera and it's performers to understand the parody. While I love it, I understand that it is not for everyone. There is enough humor for the non afficiando not everyone will neccesarily find it hilarious.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what's missing here. That's why it's on the line (I would've given it 4.5 stars if I could...). It's extremely funny, but not as funny as Mort... It's ideas are quite deep, but don't run as deep as Carpe Jugulum's... So, in the end, it's not the greatest Discworld book, but if I would've made a 'top five list', it would've certainly be one of them...
1: I'm a Terry Pratchett fanatic (I almost choked once laughing on the bus reading Guards!Guards!)
2: I have always loved opera more than anything (exept Pratchett's books).
So I am not really what you might call impartial. Nevertheless:
This may not be Pratchett's best book (that's Whyrd Sisters), but it's one of the best. Who cares if the basic story is well known? So are Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummernight's Dream, Cinderella, Dracula, Father Christmas, etc..
What matters is what you make of it. And here Pratchett does what he does best: He takes a well known story or myth and turns it around until it makes sense again. And there is one thing he avoids completely: He does not abuse the story as an excuse for sorry jokes, which would have been very easy. The jokes are always a necessary part of the story.
And he obviously likes his charakters as much as the reader does.
Just one point of criticism: The author obviously is not a born opera lover - otherwise he might have given Agnes Nitt the chance to really become an opera Diva. Pity for her, good for the readers of "Carpe Jugulum".
Terry Pratchett delivers another hilarious and pointy comedy that picks up on all opera stereotypes and myths.
The dubious duo head off to Ankh-Morpork to collect on moneys that are owed to Nanny for her cook book with 'innuendos'. While there, they run into Agnes Nitt(which isn't hard considering her size), and embark on a wonderful adventure at the Ankh-Morpork Opera House that is a sure-fire spoof of the classic story, "The Phantom of the Opera".
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Ich will gar nicht versuchen, eine großartige Buchkritik hier abzuliefern. Aber ich bin mir sicher, wer auf Terry Pratchet steht, wird dieses Buch mindestens mögen. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 5. September 2013 von M. Kitzing
Another plain awesome disc world novel. I felt it is a most amusing and quite ingenious take on the Phantom of the Opera. Clearly one of my favorites now.Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2013 von Calista
This book is a parody of the phantom of the Opera, as has been told already by other readers. I haven't seen the witches being involved in a detective-story in any other book,... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 7. Februar 2012 von Squall
The Opera, a Diva who could sing duetts with herself, a Phantom and two Witches who bend the things in order they think it shall be. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2006 von Karin Kramer
I haven't read all of Prachett's books (though I intend to), but this is by far my favorite! Before you read, decide what you would bring with you out of your house if it was on... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 30. April 2000 veröffentlicht