This thread is for discussing Maskerade
in some depth. If you haven’t read the book then read on at your own risk – or, better still, go and read the book and join in the fun.
For those of us that are going to join in the discussion, here are a few guidelines:
Please feel free to make comparisons to other Discworld books, making sure you identify the book and the passage you are referring to. Others may not be as familiar with the book you are referencing, so think before you post.
Sometimes we’ll need to agree to disagree – only Terry knows for sure what he was thinking when he wrote the books and individuals members may have widely different interpretations – so try to keep the discussion friendly.
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*Maskerade by Terry PratchettOriginally published 1995
Agnes Nitt is fed up with life in Lancre and she doesn’t want to be a witch – whatever Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax think! So she heads off to Ankh-Morpork to join the opera.
Meanwhile Nanny has become the best-selling author of a cookery book with a difference, but she’s not getting paid for it. So the Dynamic Duo head off to A-M to get their dues and they might just save Agnes from her fate at the same time.
I can never make my mind up about this one. In some ways it continues from Lords & Ladies in that Nanny is trying to keep Granny amused and stopping her going to the bad. But Nanny Ogg was never my favourite character – she reminds my too much of someone I know.
It’s good to see Agnes again and I can’t help feeling sorry for her in this book.
A couple of years ago I went to see Phantom of the Opera in London and was amused at the way the two stories are similar and very different. I had a vision of Terry going to see it and deciding that he could have fun with it. Want to write the introduction for the next discussion (Monstrous Regiment)? PM me and let me know if you’d like to – first come first served.
“Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.” – Blaise Pascal