“Trying to summarize the plot of a Pratchett novel is like describing Hamlet as a play about a troubled guy with an Oedipus complex and a murderous uncle.” Barbara Mertz
These days I have embarked upon the adventure of rereading the Truth
, and I’m enjoying it so far. I was so used to the Ankh-Morpork newspaper, the Times, than I almost didn’t remember its creation Odyssey… and rediscovering it is turning out to be really exciting!
Within the first pages pearls like these caught my eye:“When one has been ruler of this city as long as I have,” he said, “one gets to know with sad certainty that whenever some well-meaning soul begins a novel enterprise they always, with some kind of uncanny foresight, site it at the point where it will do maximum harm to the fabric of reality."“An engraved page was an engraved page, complete and unique. But if you took the leaden letters that had previously been used to set the words of a god, and then used them to set a cookery book, what did that do to the holy wisdom? For that matter, what would it do to the pie? As for printing a book for spells, and then using the same type for a book of navigation -well, the voyage might go anywhere.” “So William de Worde told the truth, out of cosmic self-defence. He’d found a hard truth less hard than an easy lie.”
They are great, aren't they?