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Monday, August 14, 2006

Why Coraghessan? Because, well, it just sounds ever so much nicer with "Python" now, doesn't it?

Ah, just listen to the sound of "Monty Python Presents T. Coraghessan Boyle's Water Music". Just rolls right off the tongue now, doesn't it? You just know there's a wild and raucous yarn there, waiting to be spun, and the Pythons are nothing if not the spinmeisters of the Western universe!

After many false starts, if's new item today can be believed, Terry Gilliam soon will helm the long-awaited production of T. Coraghessan Boyle's glorious debut novel, and only a mere twenty-five years after its first publication.

Full of sweeping 18th century locations, from London with its bathtub gin to the heart of Africa and its fierce warrior tribesmen, Water Music follows the journey of real-life explorer Mungo Park as he travels at the behest of the Royal Geographic Society from the highlands of Scotland to deepest Africa, in search of the source of the Niger River. Assisted by his faithful companion, the Shakespeare-spouting American freed-slave Johnson, Mungo endures trial after trial, joining forces with the English thief and whoremaster, Ned Rise, along the way. And few who have read this word-frothy tale can ever forget Mungo's memorable encounter with the voluptuous Fatima!

Monty Python's Michael Palin will make his first return to the screen in ten years in this long-awaited production. As Terry Gilliam puts it: "It's not as comic as a comedy, it's funny yet it's also very bleak and strange. It's basically an adventure story, how a guy is reduced to behaving as an animal to survive."

Water Music is now available in a special 25th anniversary edition from Penguin Books.


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