Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited



It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
  1. $11.90 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$22.95
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
1 Remote Warehouse Science Fiction and Fantasy- Fantasy- Epic
4 Remote Warehouse Literary Criticism- General

The Wit & Wisdom of Discworld (Discworld Novels)

by

The Wit & Wisdom of Discworld (Discworld Novels) Cover

ISBN13: 9780061370502
ISBN10: 0061370509
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

For more than two decades, Terry Pratchett has been regaling readers with tales of Discworld—a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants, which are standing on the back of a giant turtle, flying through space. It is a world populated by ineffectual wizards and sharp-as-tacks witches, by tired policemen and devious dictators, by reformed thieves and vampires who have sworn to drink no blood. It is a world that is vastly different from our own . . . except when it isn't.

Now, in The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld, various nuggets of Pratchett's witty commentary and sagacious observations have been compiled by Pratchett expert Stephen Briggs, a man who, they say, knows even more about Discworld than Terry Pratchett.

Within these pages, you'll find musings on:

  • Interior decorating: "It's a fact known throughout the universes that no matter how carefully the colors are chosen, institutional decor ends up as either vomit green, unmentionable brown, nicotine yellow, or surgical appliance pink. By some little-understood process of sympathetic resonance, corridors painted in those colors always smell slightly of boiled cabbage—even if no cabbage is ever cooked in the vicinity." (Equal Rites)
  • Travel: "Any seasoned traveler soon learns to avoid anything wished on them as a 'regional speciality,' because all the term means is that the dish is so unpleasant the people living everywhere else will bite off their own legs rather than eat it. But hosts still press it upon distant guests anyway: 'Go on, have the dog's head stuffed with macerated cabbage and pork noses—it's a regional speciality.'" (The Last Continent)
  • Young men: "And then there was the young male walk. At least women swung only their hips. Young men swung everything, from the shoulders down. You have to try to occupy a lot of space. It makes you look bigger, like a tomcat fluffing his tail. The boys tried to walk big in self-defense against all those other big boys out there. I'm bad, I'm fierce, I'm cool, I'd like a pint of shandy and me mam wants me home by nine." (Monstrous Regiment)
  • Class: "'Old money' meant that it had been made so long ago that the black deeds that had originally filled the coffers were now historically irrelevant. Funny, that; a brigand for a father was something you kept quiet about, but a slave-taking pirate for a great-great-great-grandfather was something to boast of over the port. Time turned the evil bastards into rogues, and rogue was a word with a twinkle in its eye and nothing to be ashamed of." (Making Money)

. . . and more! Culled from all the Discworld novels, The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld confirms Pratchett's place in the pantheon of great satirists and proves why the Chicago Tribune has praised his Discworld as "entertaining and gloriously funny . . . an accomplishment nothing short of magical."

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Kathleen Isaac, February 5, 2009 (view all comments by Kathleen Isaac)
This book is just what we all need -- something to make you smile. Whether you've read all Pratchett's books or not, each short paragraph is a gem:

Nanny said, "Funny to think of our Magrat being married and everything."
"What do you mean, everything?"
"Well, you know -- married," said Nanny. "I gave her a few tips. Always wear something in bed. Keeps a man interested."
"You always wore your hat."
"Right."
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(2 of 4 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061370502
Author:
Pratchett, Terry
Publisher:
Harper
Compiled by:
Briggs, Stephen
Compiled:
Briggs, Stephen
Author:
by Terry Pratchett
Subject:
General
Subject:
Pratchett, Terry
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Discworld Novels
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.24x6.36x1.33 in. 1.49 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Dogs I Have Met: And the People They...
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  2. A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body:...
    Used Trade Paper $6.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Fantasy » Epic
Reference » Quotations Anecdotes and Proverbs

The Wit & Wisdom of Discworld (Discworld Novels) New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$22.95 In Stock
Product details 368 pages Harper - English 9780061370502 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.