Monday, March 23, 2015
Review of Mort by Terry Pratchett (Corgi, 1987)
The recent passing of Terry Pratchett prompted me to scan along my shelf and half of his books to re-read one. Mort was the most obvious given the topic is death and one of its two principle characters is Death. Through a story that’s a kind of sorcerer’s apprentice for the Discworld, Pratchett approaches death, fate and history with his usual wit, imagination, invention and humanism. The characterisation is excellent, especially Death and his mid-existence crisis. Whilst the story is quite linear it’s difficult to fault its execution, being entirely captivating and it was a rare moment when I didn’t have a smile on my face. In the tale Pratchett speculates that when one dies they get the afterlife they foretell, in which case I suspect he’s now playing the role of Mort and no doubt loving it.