Book Review: The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett


Author: Terry Pratchett
Title: The Carpet People
Narrator: Stephen Briggs
Publication Info: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Summary/Review:

This book was Terry Pratchett’s first published novel, written when he was 17, and then rewritten in 1992. The people in this story, a tribe called the Munrungs, literally live in a carpet.  Their world is a forest of hairs, they mine dropped coins for metal, used matchsticks for wood, and remove varnish from “achairleg.”  Their world is threatened by a natural phenomenon called the Fray, which is most like a vacuum cleaner.

After their village is destroyed by the Fray, the Munrungs journey across the carpet under their leader, Glurk.  They encounter other peoples including the Mouls, who worship the Fray, and the Wights, who know the future.  Together they need to work out a solution for mutual survival.  There’s a lot of humor here  about monarchy and bureaucracies as well as working in references to ordinary life in our world.

Rating: ***

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