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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites (1987)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld (3), Discworld: Witches (1)

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    I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (MyriadBooks, ijustgetbored)
    MyriadBooks: For the appearance of Eskarina Smith.
    ijustgetbored: To find out what becomes of Esk.
  2. 80
    Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett (bethielouwho)
  3. 20
    The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (pwaites)
    pwaites: Tiffany Aching is similar in many ways to Esk.
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    Arky Types (Methuen Modern Fiction) by Sara Maitland (BeckyJP)

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Magie de ambe sexe Titlu: Magie de ambe sexe Autor: Terry Pratchett Rating: Editura: Noesis Anul aparitiei: 2003 Numar pagini: 300 ISBN: 973-85637-3-9 Eskarina Fieraru e o fetiţă normală, dintr-un sat normal, dintr-o familie... ei bine, dintr-o familie cu opt fraţi. Şi ştim cu toţii că, dacă ai şapte fraţi mai mari şi dacă tatăl tău a avut, la rândul lui, şapte fraţi mai mari, soarta ţi-e pecetluită: o să devii vrăjitor. Dar ce te faci dacă te-ai născut fetiţă? Asta e întrebarea cu care se luptă Buna Batevreme, vrăjitoarea bătrână, cârcotaşă şi suspicioasă (dar cu inima bună)care o însoţeşte pe Esk în călătoria ei spre Ank-Morpork, la Universitatea Nevăzută. Scrisă cu umor şi fler, "Magie de ambe sexe" ("Equal Rites") face parte din volumele despre Lumea Disc. E prima din serie în care protagonista este Buna Batevreme. Un fel de Vânturache "pe dos", Buna e capabilă, competentă, hotărâtă şi curajoasă (şi femeie). E ceva mai în vârstă, de unde şi numele. Atunci când vrăjitorul Drum Bilet vine să moară la naşterea Eskarinei, pentru a-i preda ei toiagul şi puterile lui, Buna e acolo ca să ajute la venirea pe lume a fetiţei. Din fericire, ea e pe-aproape şi atunci când puterile copilului încep să iasă la iveală. Cum în satul din munţii Vârfu Berbecelui nu îşi pierd vremea prea mulţi vrăjitori, ea e nevoită să o educe pe Eskarina într-ale magiei. Din păcate, copilul nu are magie de vrăjitoare, ci de vrăjitor. De, nu degeaba a bătut Drum Bilet calea pâna-n satul cu pricina. Aşa că Buna se vede obligată să o ducă pe Esk la Universitatea Nevăzută, unde copilul să poată învăţa să-şi controleze magia masculină.
  thebblack | Jun 23, 2017 |
Equal Rites is an agreeably readable Discworld story of a girl who is born a wizard, an office which is supposed to be patrilineally inherited. She spends some time with Granny Weatherwax, introduced in this novel (first published in 1987!) training to be a witch, but her wizard-y inclinations shine through, so Granny resolves to get her to the Unseen University.

There's some interesting stuff here about the domain of men (intellectual, contra-nature), the domain of women (helpful, built on knowledge of the natural world), and the kind of person who fits into both domains but doesn't feel comfortable in either. I'm sure there's a book out there about seemingly equal opportunity novels that really enforce a very gendered view of the world. None of that made me dislike the book, however — it's a fantasy novel, not an advice book on careers for women. Besides, it was written when employers in the US could still legally fire employees who gave birth (sigh).

Favorite part: the nation of boat-dwellers who are terrible liars and so elect a designated liar to learn the craft and conduct their commerce. Esk's inadvertent reveal of some bad merchandise while traveling with them is hilarious. ( )
  bexaplex | May 31, 2017 |
Esk and Granny Weatherwax take on The Establishment.
The Staff is my favorite in this one, although Esk is okay, too. ( )
  electrascaife | Apr 30, 2017 |
A man who is an eighth son of an eighth son can become a powerful wizard if a wizard who is the eighth son of an eighth son passes his staff to the baby before the wizard dies. But what if the baby isn't a boy? Can a woman be a wizard? Would a woman even want to be a wizard?

This is the question Pratchett sets out to explore in this Discworld novel. Third book in the Discworld, Granny Weatherwax changes but little as the series develops. Which can be a bad thing, but in this instance it isn't. The wizards are not yet those which appear in later novels, and little Esk is rarely seen in the future, but as a way to meet Granny, this can't be beat.

If a person has to read a book about Feminism, this is the one to read, in my opinion. Granny Weatherwax doesn't ask for equality, she simply is equal (if not more so). There is never a question of her wanting to be "like" the wizards. She is comfortable with who she is and her place in the world is exactly where she wants to be.

However, she can see that Esk needs to be a part of the University because of her gifts and there is no reason she shouldn't be, and every reason she should be. So Granny sets out to make it so. A word to the wise wizard? Best get out of her way!
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  MrsLee | Feb 11, 2017 |
I read this within a few hours and laughed so much, despite being sick and miserable. There were so many phrases I wanted to copy into my commonplace book because they were so witty and hysterically funny. I love the way that Mr. Pratchett played with cliches and made them into something incredibly fresh and different from their original meaning. Esk was a great heroine and I look forward to my daughter reading this book when she is older. My only problem with it was that the end solution was a little vague, though intentionally so.
And in case you're curious, you can read this without having read any of the other books in the series and you will be just fine. ( )
  aurelas | Dec 23, 2016 |
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Thanks to Neil Gaiman, who loaned us the last surviving copy of the Liber Paginarium Fulvarum, and a big hallo to all the kids at the H.P. Lovecraft Holiday Fun Club.

I would like it to be clearly understood that this book is not wacky. Only dumb redheads in Fifties' sitcoms are wacky.

No, it's not zany either.
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This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn't pretend to answer all or any of these questions.
They both savoured the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were only ignorant of ordinary things.
For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.
Esk, of course had not been trained, and it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you are attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a half-brick in the path of the bicycle of history.
... she was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don't apply to you.
It has already been revealed that light on the Discworld travels slowly, the result of its passage through the Disc’s vast and ancient magical field.
So dawn isn’t the sudden affair that it is on other worlds. The new day doesn’t erupt, it sort of sloshes gently across the sleeping landscape in the same way that the tide sneaks in across the beach, melting the sand castles of the night. It tends to flow around mountains. If the trees are close together it comes out of woods cut to ribbons and sliced with shadows.
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The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. 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…
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"The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in theI chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-bom baby's sex..."--Back cover.… (more)

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