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Carpet People (Spectrum Imprint) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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Book Description

1 Oct 2000 Spectrum Imprint

In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet...

That's the old story everyone knows and loves (even if they don't really believe it). 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 Munrung 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...

A hilarious fantasy, co-written by Terry Pratchett, aged seventeen, and master storyteller, Terry Pratchett, aged forty-three.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft; Large Print edition edition (1 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708995276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708995273
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,034,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"For readers who are attracted to epic but not quite ready for the weightiness of Tolkien, this is a perfect entrée; for those who have loved or will love Pratchett, it's simply a must read." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

"Only a writer with a masterstroke of imagination could place an entire empire of goodies and baddies within the fronds of a carpet" (Daily Mail)

"The perfect starting place for young readers . . . seasoned Pratchett fans will just revel in his wit, his subversion of tropes and his sense of humanity." (Kirkus)

"A unique piece of high fantasy . . . Now very witty and politically aware in its revised version with the new ending" (Vector)

"The story is inventive in its carefully worked-out central conceit, often very funny, and dotted with some genuinely scary bits." (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

A hilarious fantasy, co-written by Terry Pratchett, aged seventeen, and master storyteller, Terry Pratchett, aged forty-three. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down among the warp and woof 17 Jan 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Hardcover
The story behind this story is nearly the best story of all: "This book had two authors, one aged seventeen, one aged forty-three. Both of them were Terry Pratchett." Having penned this tale and had it lapse into obscurity, Pratchett is impelled by his editors to revive it years later. Rightly so. For the dedicated PTerry fan, this example of his early writing is an illuminating read. Many views expressed in the Discworld books are readily perceived here. For someone new to Pratchett, it's a great introduction to the scope of his ideas and his writing skills. For any reader, it's simply a delight to enjoy.
The story is a fine example of Pratchett's ability to view the world from a fresh perspective. If there's a fantasy novel lacking a dark forest and mysterious creatures, i've missed it. Pratchett, never a formula writer, simply shrinks the scope. His forested world is a thickly napped rug. Instead of pines or oaks, it's nylon and wool "hairs". The creatures are there, the snargs, the hymetors and others - including silverfish, who live under the world. There are also people - the Munrungs, the Deftmenes and - the Dumii. They interact, sometimes violently. Deep down in the pile, these people and their communities are invisible to humans. Something, however, sends terror through the forest peoples - Fray. This immensely destructive force topples cities and obliterates villages.
Pratchett builds a story of the conflict of respected traditions countered by innovation and invention. There is an Empire, to which taxes are due. That means clerks, organisation, regulations. While the Munrungs have always met the demands for revenue, others have opposed the imposition, hence, the Empire. Could two such peoples find a common cause?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the Carpet People By Terry Pratchett 25 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
As a teacher of ages 9 to 11 I think this book has enormous potential as a shared reading text for use in the classroom. Pratchett takes an everyday item, a carpet, and turns it into something magical. The use of language and his descriptions are ideal for younger readers and having read many of pratchetts other books, including the terrific Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky, I think this is an ideal starter for anyone who may not of read any Terry Pratchett before as it isn't as complex as some of his other books nor are the descritptions as detailed.
I can't wait to share this book with my students and I would recommend other teachers to read this book too. We'll certainly be doing lots of creative writing and story telling based on this book and hopefully writing our own answers to questions such as `What is Fray?'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett is an updated version of a small book the author when he was seventeen (actually, it was his very first novel). There are many similarities with the later Discworld novels, namely the world in which it is set and the characters involved.
As the title suggests, the story is set in a giant (well, large to the inhabitants at least) flat carpet. On the carpet live many races – some evil like the Mouls and the Snargs, others like the Munrungs are fairly peaceful.
The journey begins in a village that was recently destroyed by the “Fray” (a vacuum cleaner). The survivors of the supposed “natural disaster” seek to end the conflict between the tribes of the carpet once and for all. Their adventures are filled with peril and mystery (and a good dose of humour).
Overall, an interesting insight to the young mind of Terry Pratchett before he wrote any Discworld novels.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down among the warp and woof 21 Feb 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
The story behind this story is nearly the best story of all: "This book had two authors, one aged seventeen, one aged forty-three. Both of them were Terry Pratchett." Having penned this tale and had it lapse into obscurity, Pratchett is impelled by his editors to revive it years later. Rightly so. For the dedicated PTerry fan, this example of his early writing is an illuminating read. Many views expressed in the Discworld books are readily perceived here. For someone new to Pratchett, it's a great introduction to the scope of his ideas and his writing skills. For any reader, it's simply a delight to enjoy.
The story is a fine example of Pratchett's ability to view the world from a fresh perspective. If there's a fantasy novel lacking a dark forest and mysterious creatures, i've missed it. Pratchett, never a formula writer, simply shrinks the scope. His forested world is a thickly napped rug. Instead of pines or oaks, it's nylon and wool "hairs". The creatures are there, the snargs, the hymetors and others - including silverfish, who live under the world. There are also people - the Munrungs, the Deftmenes and - the Dumii. They interact, sometimes violently. Deep down in the pile, these people and their communities are invisible to humans. Something, however, sends terror through the forest peoples - Fray. This immensely destructive force topples cities and obliterates villages.
Pratchett builds a story of the conflict of respected traditions countered by innovation and invention. There is an Empire, to which taxes are due. That means clerks, organisation, regulations. While the Munrungs have always met the demands for revenue, others have opposed the imposition, hence, the Empire. Could two such peoples find a common cause?
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it gets boring after chapter 1
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good little read
Published 15 days ago by Morag Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic Terry Prachett book to enjoy with my son if ...
Another fantastic Terry Prachett book to enjoy with my son if you have read pratchett before you'll know what to expect if you haven't buy this you won't be disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars a child's thoughts
this is an amazing book. I really like it. As a bit of a prattchett fan myself I say it is good for all ages
Published 2 months ago by Sue Traynor
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Bought this for my Dad, who loves Terry Pratchett. The cover art really adds to this, and very pleased with the present.
Published 3 months ago by Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Carpet people
I thoroughly enjoyed it and if you suspend belief anything is possible the world is not always about us optimistic
Published 4 months ago by alex fitzcharles
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my sort of Pratchett
I prefer the ascorbic smart writings of the Disc world series not this. It is a mid range quality early writing so he must be cut some slack.
Published 5 months ago by 3turn
5.0 out of 5 stars For Ages 9-90
It's a kids book but I loved it. One that could truly take of those 9-90 age ranges, maybe younger if you're reading it to them.
Published 5 months ago by Roddenberry
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
This is a fun read for discworld aficionados ... usual commentary about not needing leaders ... this time strongly influenced by Roman history .. just on a carpet.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Jason C. Cole
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