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Encyclopedia > Mort
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

4th novel – 1st Death story
Outline
Characters: Death
Mort
Ysabell
Albert
Locations: Death's Domain
Motifs: Anthropomorphic personifications and death
Publication details
Year of release: 1987
Original publisher: Victor Gollancz
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 0-575-04171-4
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0-552-13106-7
Other details
Awards:
Notes: Came 65th in the Big Read
Adapted as a play by Stephen Briggs.

Also a term referring to laying brick. Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... // This article is about the novels. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (470x800, 261 KB)Mort cover, from http://www. ... Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Discworld characters. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Discworld characters. ... Albert is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels, first appearing in Mort. ... Cover of the book. ... An anthropomorphic character; a cat ascribed human characteristics. ... Phillipp Veitts Germania (1877) a personification of Germany. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Victor Gollancz (April 9, 1893–February 8, 1967) was a British publisher, socialist, and humanitarian. ... The Big Read was a 2003 survey carried out by the BBC, with the goal of finding the Nations Best-loved Book by way of a viewer vote via the Web, SMS and telephone. ... Stephen Briggs is, in his own words, a civil servant who dabbles in amateur dramatics. However, through his drama work, he has become heavily involved with the subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ...

Mort is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett and also the name of its main character. Published in 1987, it is the fourth Discworld novel and the first to focus on the Death of the Discworld, who only appeared as a side character in the previous novels. Mort and Ysabell are a young married couple in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Time Magazine, August 15, 1960 Morton Lyon Sahl (born May 11, 1927) is a Montreal-born actor/comedian/humorist credited with pioneering a style of stand-up comedy that paved the way for Lenny Bruce, Nichols & May, Dick Gregory, and others less famous. ... // This article is about the novels. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Mort and Ysabell are a young married couple in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The Discworld is the setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ...

Contents

Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

As a teenager, Mort's personality and temperament made him rather unsuited to the family farming business. In his father's opinion he thought too much, which prevented him from achieving anything practical. Thus, Lezek took him to a local hiring fair, hoping he'd be picked up as an apprentice by someone; not only would this provide a job for his son, but it would also make his son's ability to think a lot become someone else's problem. For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ...


Mort stubbornly holds out to the end of the job fair, refusing to leave until midnight has passed or he gets hired. Just before the clock-bell rings for the 12th time, a man concealed in a black cloak arrives on a white horse. He says he is looking for a young man to assist him in his work and picks up Mort. The man turns out to be Death, and gives Mort an apprenticeship to his "job" of ushering souls into the next world (though his father thinks he's been apprenticed to an undertaker). Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The horse (Equus caballus, sometimes seen as a subspecies of the Wild Horse, Equus ferus caballus) is a large odd-toed ungulate mammal, one of ten modern species of the genus Equus. ... Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of skilled crafts practitioners, which is still popular in some countries. ... Shop window of a funeral director in France A funeral director (also known as a mortician or undertaker) is someone involved in the business of funeral rites. ...


It is believed that Death chose Mort partly because Death himself has the nickname Mort (he is called this by the other members of the four horsemen), as well as Mort being the French word for death and the origin of several English words (for example mortal and post mortem). The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... An autopsy (also known as a post-mortem examination, necropsy or obduction) is a medical procedure that consists of a thorough examination performed on a corpse after death, to evaluate disease or injury that may be present and to determine the cause and manner of a persons death. ...


The pressure of the job (and a crush on a princess who is due to die) forces Mort to make a few mistakes, but like all good heroes, he grows some spine, gains some self control, challenges Death to a duel and waltzes away with the girl in the end, but not the correct girl by normal fantasy standards. This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ...


He marries Death's adopted daughter Ysabell and they live relatively happily ever after as the duke and duchess of Sto Helit, due to the small error of the real duke of Sto Helit being killed during the duel. Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent (or parents) other than the birth parents. ... Mort and Ysabell are a young married couple in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


Their storyline (and that of their daughter Susan) is continued in the later Discworld novel Soul Music. Susan Sto Helit is a fictional character who features in three of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels - Soul Music, Hogfather, and Thief of Time. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ...

Spoilers end here.

Trivia

  • Mort is the second novel to feature Ysabell (she was introduced in The Light Fantastic) and introduces Death's manservant Albert. It also features a brief cameo by Rincewind.
  • It was later adapted into a graphic novel with art by Graham Higgins.
  • In 2004 BBC Radio 4 adapted Mort, with the title character voiced by Carl Prekopp.
  • Terry Pratchett jokingly said on an interview on BBC Radio 4 that if he wrote it now, he would "write it better".

The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. ... Albert is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels, first appearing in Mort. ... Rincewind the Wizzard is a fictional character appearing in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, several of which feature him as the central character. ... Graham Higgins (born 1953) is a British writer and artist. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... British Actor. ...

Translations

  • Морт (Bulgarian)
  • Dødens lærling (Danish)
  • Dunne Hein (Dutch)
  • Mortimer (French)
  • Gevatter Tod (German)
  • Θανατηφόρος Βοηθός (Thanatiforos Voithos) (Greek)
  • Mort, a Halál Kisinasa (Hungarian)
  • Morty l'apprendista (Italian)
  • Dødens læregutt (Norwegian)
  • O aprendiz de Morte (Portuguese-Brazil)
  • Мор, ученик Смерти (Russian)
  • Mort (Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish)
  • תרועת המוות (Hebrew)

External links

  • Annotations for Mort
  • Quotes from Mort
  • Synopsis of Mort
  • Unofficial short film and its web page
Reading Order Guide
Preceded by
Equal Rites
4th Discword Novel Succeeded by
Sourcery
Preceded by
None
1st Death Story
Published in 1987
Succeeded by
Reaper Man

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Mort is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett and also the name of its main character.
It is believed that Death chose Mort partly because Death himself has the nickname Mort (he is called this by the other members of the four horsemen), as well as Mort being the French word for death and the origin of several English words (for example mortal and post mortem).
Mort is the second novel to feature Ysabell (she was introduced in The Light Fantastic) and introduces Death's manservant Albert.
Mort Sahl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (777 words)
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Mort and China were then invited to visit the White House by Nancy Reagan, where Reagan then awarded and roasted Mort at a White House Gala/tribute in front of most of the other comedians.
Mort is listed #40 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.
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