2008: 154. The Truth

“The rumor spread through the city like wildfire (which had quite often spread through Ankh-Morpork since its citizens had learned the words “fire insurance”).

The dwarfs can turn lead into gold…”

The Truth, Terry Pratchett

Another Pratchett, this one skewering the newspaper industry, as it arrives in the city of Ankh-Morpork.  William de Worde, the erstwhile heir of an aristocratic family, finds himself the owner/publisher of the first newspaper in the city, and soon (as the press so often does) finds himself running up against the kind of people who don’t want certain stories told.  First they try to stop him by inventing a rival tabloid paper, then they get a little more aggressive.  On top of the Worde is on top of the biggest story possible - the idea that the Patrician, Lord Vetinari, has been framed for murder and he might just know who really did it...

The earlier Pratchetts aren’t as complex as his newer books, like Nation, but they still have a lot going on, and sometimes are more funny as a result (with a few less ideas there is perhaps more room for jokes)? And this one is about a lot of important ideas, too - free press, justice and, of course, the Truth...

Date/Place Completed: 10/05/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction

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