Danny B wrote:
* Willikins just got on my wick. Hard men don't yack on about it; they stay quiet and if they decide to do you, they do it with the minimum of fuss. This is the first time a hard case in a Pratchett novel has felt wrong to me.
Llamedosian wrote:I notice a lot of discussion of what the goblins represent in the 'real world' - the obvious answer is black african slavery, what with the tobacco plantations etc. But in themselves, and how they are treated by the majority, I would say they are more like Roma gypsies (and, to a lesser extent, like Irish Travellers). What do people think?
There are several things that make me think this, based on the culture of the goblins as represented rather than the slavery option (which Pratchett had already done with the golems, and excellently).
Any thoughts on this interpretation?
alicenanjing wrote:Sorry ( and I am, indeed, sorry for this), but the Gypsies do have a history of enslavement, admittedly, only in Romania, but they have been slaves there for centuries, until 1851, if I'm not mistaken. This is one reason why Romania has such a large Gypsy population - they multiplied a lot during that time, and were also forced to become settled.
But, again, neither the Blacks nor the Gypsies think of themselves as "waste people".
rockershovel wrote:..a typical post on the subject of the slave trade.
Try doing a little research on the taboo subject of African slavery in the Muslim world, you will be absolutely appalled..
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