by Thomas M. Disch


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He's a top-level agent, highly skilled and ultra-secret. But he wants out, and they won't let him quit. He quits anyway. Then suddenly comes the dawn when he wakes up 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 wall?

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ISBN-13: 9780141049403
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Publication date: 03/28/2010
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008) has published works in many different genres, from his science fiction books Camp Concentration and 334 to his well-known children's book The Brave Little Toaster.

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The Prisoner 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
sgerbic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reviewed Jan 2008 Not sure what it is that I just read. I think the story continues where the TV series left off. It looks like he is brought back to the village ( a different place than the TV version) to learn to be Number Two. We don¿t realize this until the end but the present Number Two escapes the village with the help of Number Six. We meet Number One who is an old woman called Grandma Bug who turns out to be a robot with a button-hook that explodes (or something like that) her robot hand falls off and she is attended to by Number 14 who is a doctor and ally (?) of Number Six. Just like the TV series everything is so confusing. the writer is not clear whom is speaking during conversations. And even though he describes everything I still do not know what was happening in many scenes. (my fault or his fault?) I have no idea how this author managed to use ¿The Prisoner¿ likeness and story in his book. Guess it is fan fiction. I purchased another ¿Prisoner¿ paperback at the same time as this one - maybe it will become clearer, or maybe the kids will explain to me what happened. 5-2008
figre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have not seen the 60s television show. I did see the abomination that was the AMC ¿television event¿. Accordingly, I cannot say if this book is true to the 60s version, but I can say that it (thankfully) has next to nothing to do with the AMC show. Accordingly, the following review is about nothing but the book.The ¿mysteriousness¿ that one would expect from this novel is quickly evident. We are immersed in a conversation that, while introducing us to what is to come, is maddeningly cryptic. (Foreshadowing of the confusion that drives the point of this book.) And soon, Number 6 is in The Village, realizing that he is a prisoner and working on his escape. Yes, Number 2 and his verbal battles with Number 6 are here. Yes, the large globes are here. And, yes, the broad question about reality is here. (Okay, even though I¿ve never seen the series, I know enough to know what is expected in this novel.) .The novel¿s strength is Thomas Disch¿s writing. That first chapter is a grabber, and the reader happily explores The Village right along with Number 2. In spite of the absurdity of the situation, it is a believable situation about which the reader wants to learn more. The weakness is that there seems to be a lot of ground that is covered in a very few chapters (as if the seventeen episodes were smashed into one novel.) And the finale does not really bring any grand, ¿AHA¿ moment. No, I¿m not looking for answers, but I¿m looking for satisfaction in the story ¿ and it isn¿t quite there.For those who have experienced the original television series, I cannot tell you if this will be a good or bad experience for you. For the rest of us, I can say it is a decent enough novel; just not one you have to rush out and read.
Spiceca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Admittedly I haven't watched the original series in a few years but from this read I could almost picture some of the episodes. This is like the series yet it takes a few aspects in different routes. The ending on this was different from both the original series and the newer remade mini-series. While they changed that aspect it was done well and just as believable as if Patrick McGoohan had written it himself. Some episodes were omitted and some chapters didn't refer to the series at all.I enjoyed this short read and will probably re-watch the series and then read again. I think it is a nice supplement for any fan of the original show but shouldn't be held as an exact replica. This one borrows just enough to be enjoyable without being tedious and yes it does include Rover.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A novel based on the classic 1960s British TV series. Although someone once said that the key to understanding The Prisoner is that it's "a surrealist work of art, not a television series," and for a narrow enough definition of the words "television series," I have to agree. This isn't a novelization, as such. Some of the details are different from those presented on the screen (though I think not irreconcilably different), and it doesn't follow the storyline of the TV series, although it does incorporate parts of it in an odd way. I had the impression, before I started it, that it was an liberal adaptation of the televised story, not a faithful retelling. Not very far into it, though, I realized that it's actually something that, in this context, is both stranger and cleverer: it's a sequel. Although it's possible that may just be my projecting an interpretation, as it's all very ambiguous... which is spot-on appropriate for anything based on The Prisoner. In fact, I'm really very impressed by how much this novel captures the feel of the show, because that is not an easy task. All the important elements seem to be here, though: surrealism, paranoia, brainwashing, confusion over what is or isn't real, a dry and intelligent sense of humor, symbolism both obvious and obscure, themes of individuality vs. conformity, and the whole brain-breaking, thought-provoking lot. I will say that I'm not at all sure what to make of the ending, but to say that the same is true of the TV series is to perpetrate an unbelievably massive understatement. If anything, my problem with the ending here may be that it's almost disappointingly coherent by contrast.I honestly thought that this would be worthwhile mainly as a curiosity, or at most as an interesting alternate take on same basic premise. The fact that it actually turned out to be a decent complement to and reflection on the original was both unexpected and rather delightful.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.