The Prisoner: A Novelby Thomas M. Disch
Based on the highly acclaimed 1960s television show, Thomas M. Disch's novelization of The Prisoner has become a cult classic in its own right. A story that combines elements of a spy/i>/b>/i>
Coming in November 2009, AMC's highly anticipated remake of the cult '60's television series The Prisoner, starring Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel.
Based on the highly acclaimed 1960s television show, Thomas M. Disch's novelization of The Prisoner has become a cult classic in its own right. A story that combines elements of a spy thriller with the Orwellian tropes of science fiction, The Prisoner follows a former British secret agent who has quit the force, only to find himself trapped in an anonymous place called the Village. Known only as "Number 6," he struggles to maintain his individual identity in the face of the nameless powers-that-be, who use increasingly sophisticated and terrifying methods in order to extract his secrets.
First published in 1967, by an author widely regarded to be a master of the science fiction genre, The Prisoner will appeal to longtime fans of the show as well as those who are discovering it for the first time.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- Penguin Group
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 247 KB
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Of the 3 Prisoner paperback books that I am aware of, this is the best one. Not only for Prisoner fans, but racing fans too. You get an inside look at what its like to race a Lotus Super Seven or any other car for that matter. However, I do agree with another reviewer.... They should do a paperback series on The Prisoner like James Blish did for Star Trek -- adapting the episodes into short stories and coming out with several paperback books. 17 Prisoner episodes divided into 5.6 episodes per book would create 3 great paperbacks! Need a writer? Hey, I'm available! I have all seventeen scripts and have already tried adapting them into short stories. It would be fun!
I was misled by the back cover paragraph 'closely based on the extraordinary TV series...'. I found no correlation between the series and the book. There were no multiple escape attempts, no attempt by the Village Administrators to extract information from him regarding his resignation, and, for an ultra-secret agent who wasn't suppose to trust anyone, he was too friendly with his fellow captives. I did like the 'pre-Village' mystery history on Number Six. But I did not like being kept in the dark about what really happened to him before he entered, and after he left, the Village. Overall, I would have prefered having the television series formated into a novel.