Saturday, January 20, 2018

Is this the century of the fruit bat? *

Sir Terry Pratchett, reputedly the foremost satirical writer of the 21st century, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to literature, placed many of his hilarious stories in The Century of the Fruit Bat. I am not sure when he visited Trinidad and Tobago, but he must have at some point, because the characters of some of the leading citizens of Ankh-Morpok, the capital city of his fictitious country on Discworld, bear an astonishing resemblance to some of our own beloved leaders in T&T.

Moist Von Lipwig, for example, a persuasive conman, fraudster and charlatan, an ex-convict who at one time or another became the head of several government financial and essential services, is a familiar face. Commander Vimes, the head of the Ankh-Morpok police service, a decent man who struggles with some of the weirdest members of his force you have ever heard of, does his best, but is so overwhelmed by paperwork that he often misses the mark he aims at.


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