Equal Rites: A Discworld Novel: 3
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What follows is a rollicking adventure through Discworld but also an examination of assumptions from our ordinary world. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 55 million copies (give or take a few million) and have been translated into 36 languages.
Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby's sex. Bajo el amparo de Yaya Ceravieja las dos se embarcarán en un viaje hacia la Universidad Invisible donde pondrán patas arriba todas las convenciones establecidas hasta la fecha. Unfortunately, Drum Billet never bothered to check the gender of the newborn baby, and it turns out it was a girl.Her dry sense of humour, her sharp observations of the world (despite being quite prejudiced against all manner of things), her goodness concealed by grumpiness make her my new favourite character (she might even surpass Death) - she often didn't even need words, actions or her famous stare were enough! And while it wasn't quite as funny to me as The Light Fantastic, there were more than a few laugh out loud moments and quotes that I highlighted for later.
The Dedication: "Thanks to Neil Gaiman, who loaned us the last surviving copy of the Liber Paginarum Fulvarum, [. Young Eskarina Smith is taken under the wing of Granny to be taught Witchcraft but the girls innate gifts and the Staffs "help" means it will never be enough. As Esk grows up, it becomes apparent that she has uncontrollable powers, and the local witch Granny Weatherwax decides to travel with her to Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork to help her gain the knowledge required to properly manage her powers.Treatle refers here to the old student's (drinking) song 'Gaudeamus Igitur', written in 1781 by Christian Wilhelm Kindleben, a priest in Leipzig who got kicked out because of his student songs. I somewhat envy readers who will be experiencing the Discworld novels for the first time though rereading brought its own pleasures. Even in the Nineties, a fair number of Moggies are still going, "strong" and, particularly the split-screen ones, are very definitely collectors' items. If I was not already a Terry Pratchet fan, I would be after reading this exceptional book as we are formally introduced to Granny Weatherwax, witch.
Starting from the title which is a play on “Equal Rights”, to the characters to society's expectations, Sir Terry Pratchett has captured the real-world issues of gender discrimination in his magical world of Discworld. Pratchett introduces her very well and keeps her grounded with her stubborn nature and inability to accept she doesn't know things. In a man’s world of magic, young Eskarina must fight for her right to become a student of magic at Ankh-Morpork’s ancient college of wizardy. But of course, this is a Terry Pratchett book, and after only three books I already know that he won't go the traditional route.
The book’s clever reveal is that these attributes aren’t actually inherent to the sexes but socially accepted conventions, ingrained by a long history of patriarchal rule into the collective subconscious. Executive Summary: Not as funny or as quotable as The Light Fantastic, but very enjoyable for other reasons. For a long while, Esk would make no other appearances nor have mentions in any further novels until I Shall Wear Midnight, wherein she assists Tiffany Aching in hiding from the Cunning Man, and teaches her about his history. The cool thing is that in many of the appearances, even the dialogues between the witches and the other protagonists are full of wisdom and benevolence while the male conversations are often an exhibition of malice, stupidity, or both.
However, Esk isn't as well-developed as Tiffany was (though Tiffany did get five whole books to herself) and I often felt like Esk was pushed out of the story a little to accommodate the other larger-than-life characters (Simon and the Arch chancellor of Unseen University to name just a couple). Esk and Simon discover the weakness of the creatures from the Dungeon Dimensions—if you can use magic, but don't, they become scared and weakened.
Terry Pratchett fantastiğe sarmaladığı günümüz ile, inanılmaz dili, akışkanlığı, espri anlayışı ile muazzam bir adam/yazar. Ordinary minds are just vague to them, they hardly bother with them, but a mind with magic in it shines out, you see, it’s a beacon to them. This is one of my favourite Terry Pratchet stories and I was glad that it was so well read by the reader. Previous recordings of the witches serious, was to me like nails on chalkboards with a screechy man's voice applied to Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg (who isn't in this book, but still).