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Good Omens

1st edition cover
Author Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Fantasy, Comedy novel
Publisher Gollancz (UK) / Workman (U.S.)
Publication date 1 May 1990
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 288 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-575-04800-X

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The book is a comedy and a quasi-parody of the 1976 film The Omen (as well as other books and films of the genre), concerning the birth of the son of Satan, the coming of the End Times and the attempts of the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley to avert them, having become accustomed to their comfortable situations in the human world. A subplot features the gathering of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse—War, Famine, Pollution (Pestilence having retired in 1936 following the discovery of penicillin), and Death—the last of whom is characterised in a manner reminiscent of the personification of Death in Pratchett's Discworld novels and calls himself Azrael before his final exit. A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the concept of Satan. ... // In the three Abrahamic Religions (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity), the End Times are depicted as a time of tribulation that precede the predicted coming of a Messiah figure. ... This article is about the supernatural being. ... Aziraphale. ... “Fiend” redirects here. ... Crowley. ... Albrecht Dürer, The Revelation of St John: The Four Riders of the Apocalypse, 1497-98, Woodcut, 39 x 28 cm, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe For other uses, see Four Horsemen. ... Grim Reaper redirects here. ... This article is about the novels. ... Artistic depiction of the angel of death Azrael (in standard Arabic transliteration it is Ezrail or Ezraeil عزرائیل) is typically known as one of the names of the angel of death, and is an English form of the Arabic name Ezrail or Ezraeil, the name traditionally attributed...

Contents

Plot summary

One of the many cover designs of the book

It is the coming of the End Times; the Apocalypse is near, and Final Judgment will soon descend upon the human race. This comes as a bit of bad news to the angel Aziraphale (who was the angel of the Garden of Eden) and the demon Crowley (who was the serpent who tempted Eve to eat the apple), respectively the representatives of God and Satan on Earth, as they've actually gotten quite used to living their cozy, comfortable, lives and, in a perverse way, actually have taken a liking to humanity. As such, since they're both good friends (despite supposedly being polar opposites, representing Good and Evil as they do), they decide to work together and keep an eye on the Antichrist, destined to be the son of a prominent American diplomat stationed in Britain, and thus ensure he grows up in a way that means he can never decide simply between Good and Evil and, therefore, postpone the end of the world. Image File history File links Copy of Good Omens File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... // In the three Abrahamic Religions (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity), the End Times are depicted as a time of tribulation that precede the predicted coming of a Messiah figure. ... Look up Apocalypse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Aziraphale. ... This article is about the supernatural being. ... For other uses, see Garden of Eden (disambiguation). ... “Fiend” redirects here. ... Crowley. ... For other uses, see Snake (disambiguation). ... Michelangelos The Creation of Eve, a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, shows God creating Eve from the side of Adam. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... This article is about the concept of Satan. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Evil (disambiguation). ... For the Friedrich Nietzsche book, see The Antichrist. ... This page is about negotiations; for the board game, see Diplomacy (game). ...


Unfortunately, Warlock, the child everyone thinks is the Anti-Christ is, in fact, a perfectly normal eleven-year-old boy. Owing to a bit of a switch-up at birth, the real Anti-Christ is in fact Adam Young, a charismatic and slightly otherworldly eleven-year-old who, despite being the harbinger of the Apocalypse, has lived a perfectly normal life as the son of typically English parents and, as a result, has no idea of his true powers. As Adam blissfully and naively uses his powers, creating around him the world of Just William (because he thinks that's what an English child's life should be like), the race is on to find him—the Four Horsemen (or, rather, Bikers, owing to their motorcycles) of the Apocalypse assemble and the incredibly accurate (yet so highly specific as to be useless) prophecies of Agnes Nutter, seventeenth-century prophetess, are rapidly coming true. A harbinger is a sign of things to come. ... Just William is the first book of childrens short stories about William Brown written by Richmal Crompton, published in 1922. ...


Agnes Nutter was a witch in the 17th century and the only truly accurate prophet to have ever lived. She wrote a book called "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch" a collection of prophecies that did not sell very well because they were unspectacular, cryptic and, ironically enough, all true. She, in fact, decided to publish it only so that she could receive a free copy as the author. There is only one copy of the book left, which belongs to her descendant Anathema Device. Agnes was burnt at the stake by a mob (because that's what mobs did at that time); however, because she had foreseen her fiery end ("ye're tardy; I should have been aflame ten minutes since") and had packed 80 pounds of gunpowder and 40 pounds of roofing nails into her petticoats; everyone who participated in the burning was killed instantly. “Witch” redirects here. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... A witch-hunt is a search for suspected witches; it is a type of moral panic. ...


In the end, Anathema teams up with Newton Pulsifer, the descendent of the man who initiated the burning of Agnes, to use the prophesies and find the Antichrist. Unfortunately, that is exactly what everyone else is trying to do, and time is running out.


Authorship

Speculation as regards which author wrote what has been rife for many years. In an attempt to put the issue to rest, Neil Gaiman has said: "We were both living in England when we wrote it. At an educated guess, although neither of us ever counted, Terry probably wrote around 60,000 "raw" and I wrote 45,000 "raw" words of Good Omens, with, on the whole, Terry taking more of the plot with Adam and the Them in, and me doing more of the stuff that was slightly more tangential to the story, except that broke down pretty quickly and when we got towards the end we swapped characters so that we'd both written everyone by the time it was done, but then we also rewrote and footnoted each others bits as we went along, and rolled up our sleeves to take the first draft to the second (quite a lot of words), and, by the end of it, neither of us was entirely certain who had written what. It was indeed plotted in long daily phone calls, and we would post floppy disks (and this was back in 1988 when floppy disks really were pretty darn floppy) back and forth." [1] A floppy disk is a data storage device that is composed of a disk of thin, flexible (floppy) magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic shell. ...


Alterations between versions

The United States edition of Good Omens had numerous alterations to the text. The most significant of these is the addition of an extra 700-word section just before the end, dealing with what happened to the character of Warlock, the American diplomat's son, who was swapped with Adam. [2]


The Dutch translation of Good Omens contains an ironic preface by the translator wherein he asserts that no extra footnotes were added to clarify matters that might be unclear to a modern audience—annotated with footnotes explaining omen and Crowley.


Translations

  • Добрые предзнаменования (Russian)
  • Добри поличби (Bulgarian)
  • Dobrá znamení (Czech)
  • Hoge Omens: de oprechte en secure voorspellingen van Agnes Nutter, een heks (Dutch)
  • Head ended (Estonian)
  • Hyviä enteitä (Finnish)
  • De bons présages (French)
  • Ein gutes Omen (German)
  • Elveszett Próféciák (Hungarian)
  • Dobry Omen (Polish)
  • Belas Maldições: As Belas e Precisas Profecias de Agnes Nutter, Bruxa (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Bons Augúrios (Portuguese)
  • Buenos Presagios, las buenas y ajustadas profecias de Agnes la Chalada, profetisa (Spanish)
  • Goda Omen (Swedish)
  • Dobra predskazanja (Serbian)
  • בשורות טובות: נבואותיה הנחמדות והמדויקות של אגנס נאטר, מכשפה (Hebrew)
  • 멋진 징조들 (Korean)
  • 好兆头 (Chinese)
  • Buona Apocalisse a tutti! (Italian)
  • Bir Kıyamet Komedisi (Turkish)

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Later Works

Sequel

668—The Neighbour of the Beast was slated as the title for a sequel to Good Omens, but after Neil Gaiman moved to the United States, Terry Pratchett expressed doubt that a sequel would be written. [2]


Film version

A film, directed by Terry Gilliam, was planned, but as of 2006 seems to have come to nothing. Funding was slow to appear and Gilliam moved on to other projects. The film has been removed from IMDB. There was a rumour that Johnny Depp was originally cast as Crowley and Robin Williams as Aziraphale. However Neil Gaiman has said on his website, "Well, Robin's worked with Terry Gilliam before as well, of course, most famously in The Fisher King. But I have no idea about Good Omens casting (except for Shadwell. Terry told me who he wanted to play Shadwell. I immediately forgot the man's name, although I can assure you that it wasn't Robin Williams)."[3] According to an interview in May 2006 at the Guardian Hay Festival, Gilliam is apparently still hoping to go ahead with the film. This article is about motion pictures. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ... John Christopher Depp II[1] (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, best known for his frequent portrayals of offbeat and eccentric characters such as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and the titular character of Tim Burtons Edward Scissorhands. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts is an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales for ten days from May to June. ...


As of 2002 Gilliam still hoped to make the film with its already completed script.[4]


The tedious history of this project and similar experiences with Gaiman's various other works (including The Sandman series) have led to his cynical view of the Hollywood process, a view which occasionally surfaces in his weblog [5] and in some of his short fiction. Terry Pratchett shares a similar opinion, and has been quoted as saying, "The difference between me and Neil in our attitude to movie projects is that he doesn't believe they're going to happen until he's sitting in his seat eating popcorn, and I don't believe they're going to happen."[6] The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ... ... A weblog (now more commonly known as a blog) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles (normally, but not always, in reverse chronological order). ...


Terry Pratchett has had many of the same issues with Hollywood 'suits', [7] but he too would love to see the film made.[citation needed]


See also

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Notes

  1. ^ http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2006/05/several-days-of-unposted-mailbag.html
  2. ^ a b Leo Breebaart and Mike Kew. Good Omens. The Annotated Pratchett File (version 9.0). Retrieved on 2007-02-28.
  3. ^ http://www.neilgaiman.com/faqs/booksfaq#q15
  4. ^ http://www.smart.co.uk/dreams/gofact.htm
  5. ^ http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/journal.asp
  6. ^ http://groups.google.co.uk/group/alt.fan.pratchett/browse_thread/thread/c796f49dfc887506/e430a912282553b2?lnk=st&q=&rnum=1#e430a912282553b2
  7. ^ http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/words-from-the-master.html

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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A subplot features the gathering of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse — War, Famine, Pollution (Pestilence having retired upon the invention of penicillin), and Death — the last of whom is characterised in a manner reminiscent of the personification of Death in Pratchett's Discworld novels and calls himself Azrael before his final exit.
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