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Sourcery (1988)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld: Rincewind (3), Discworld (5)

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Sourcery, a hilarious mix of magic, mayhem, and Luggage, is the fifth book in Terry Pratchett's classic fantasy Discworld series. Rincewind, the legendarily inept wizard, has returned after falling off the edge of the world. And this time, he's brought the Luggage. But that's not allâ?¦ Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn't complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son - a wizard squared (that's all the math, really). Who of course, was a source of magic - a sourcerer. Will the sourcerer lead the wizards to dominate all of Discworld? Or can Rincewind's tiny band stave off the Apocalyp… (more)
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Making a vague attempt.to read all the Discworld books, very vague. I e read a bunch of them. It hopelessly out of order. That said...

Really enjoyed this book, it was a first time read for me. Pratchett was so far ahead of the curve on understanding and writing about equal rights, concepts of poverty and inequality in general society, and so much more. But he did it all with a sly smile and a side eye, and humour, so the lesson is there but you enjoyed the getting of it. Amazing author. ( )
  beentsy | Aug 12, 2023 |
Puoi trovare questa recensione anche sul mio blog ---> La siepe di more

Credo che Stregoneria sia uno dei libri sull'essere umano più belli che abbia mai letto nella mia vita. Terry Pratchett era maledettamente bravo a parlare degli umani vizi e delle umane virtù.

Come l'eroismo, che, a ben vedere, può rientrare in entrambe le categorie. Fare gli eroi, a patto di uscirne vivi, ci piace un sacco. E, se proprio bisogna morire nel tentativo, che almeno si parli di noi, che le nostre gesta siano narrate in grandiosi poemi e che nostre statue siano sistemate nelle piazze centrali. Così la pensa il povero Scuotivento, mago incapace amante della noia più noiosa, che, suo malgrado, si ritrova sempre in avventure pericolosissime e per niente noiose, pensate un po'! E non importa che tenti di spiegare ai suoi interlocutori che lui proprio non è tagliato per le situazioni potenzialmente letali. Ci ha provato, ma non capisce come funzionino.

Figuriamoci se si ritrova invischiato nel Trionfo dei Giganti del Ghiaccio, nell'Apocalisse, nell'Ora del Tè degli Dei con la fastidiosa consapevolezza di essere l'unico mago, benché inetto, in grado di fare qualcosa per evitare la catastrofe. Per fortuna è stato “aiutato” dalle circostanze, che hanno visto Morte e i Quattro Cavalieri dell'Apocalisse appiedati dal furto delle loro cavalcature, nonché dalla dimenticanza di questi ultimi, dimenticanza indotta dai piaceri dell'alcol...

Tuttavia, ciò che ha davvero aiutato Scuotivento a salvare il mondo è stato il suo cronico essere dovunque fuori posto nel mondo. Tutti vi direbbero che affrontare uno stregone capace di aprire uno strappo nella sua dimensione armati di un mattone infilato in un calzino sia quanto meno fuori luogo. O, almeno, fuori di testa.

Eppure salverà il mondo (leggi: metterà in moto eventi che condurranno alla salvezza del vecchio, caro mondo). Perché? Perché, una volta appurato che le soluzioni consuete non funzionano, sarà salutare passare a quelle non convenzionali. Come un mattone in un calzino, che è così ridicolo da distogliere l'attenzione di uno stregone soggiogato dal suo strumento-di-potere-barra-padre-padrone in modo da fargli vedere il mondo dalla sua personale prospettiva.

Sembra assurdo (come la sfida Mattone Nel Calzino contro Bastone Da Stregone... o l'ho già detto?), ma è sorprendente vedere quanto ancora oggi ci facciamo inibire dagli altri, lasciando loro determinare la nostra vita senza neanche rendercene conto. E, come dice Scuotivento, gli altri riescono sempre a fare la cosa sbagliata nei nostri confronti. Già è difficile capire chi siamo e cosa vogliamo, figuriamoci se si intromettono pure tizi a caso con presunti manuali delle istruzioni. Che poi, diciamocela tutta, il manuale delle istruzioni del frullatore non vi aiuterà a capire come funziona il vostro frigorifero... ( )
  kristi_test_02 | Jul 28, 2023 |
Carino, per carità.
Ma come fantasy è troppo demenziale per essere credibile, e come libro umoristico è troppo inglese per strappare più di una risata una, e qualche debole sorrisino qua e là.
Se ci si aggiunge che assolutamente non tira, se non nelle ultime 10 pagine... Boh. E' il (secondo e) credo ultimo libro di Pratchett che leggo. ( )
  kenshin79 | Jul 25, 2023 |
Such fun! The more I read the Rincewind books, the more I love the Luggage. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
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  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kidd, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macía Orío, CristinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLaren, JoeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, TonyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, DarrellCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Many years ago I saw, in Bath, a very large American lady towing a huge tartan suitcase very fast on little rattly wheels which caught in the pavement cracks and generally gave it a life of its own. At that moment the Luggage was born. Many thanks to that lady and everyone else in places like Power Cable, Neb., who don't get nearly enough encouragement.
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There was a man and he had eight sons.
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The subject of wizards and sex is a complicated one, but as has already been indicated it does, in essence, boil down to this: when it comes to wine, women and song, wizards are allowed to get drunk and croon as much as they like.
Two thousand years of peaceful magic had gone down with the drain, the towers were going up again, and with all this new raw magic floating around something was going to get very seriously hurt. Probably the universe.
Strangely enough, he wasn't particularly angry. Anger is an emotion, and for emotion you need glands, and Death didn't have much truck with glands and needed a good run at it to get angry. But he was mildly annoyed. He sighed again. People were always trying this sort of thing. On the other hand, it was quite interesting to watch, and at least this was a bit more original than the usual symbolic chess game, which Death always dreaded because he could never remember how the knight was supposed to move.
There was a pause full of philosophy.
They convinced him that he wasn't mad because, if he was mad, that left no word at all to describe some of the people he met.
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Sourcery, a hilarious mix of magic, mayhem, and Luggage, is the fifth book in Terry Pratchett's classic fantasy Discworld series. Rincewind, the legendarily inept wizard, has returned after falling off the edge of the world. And this time, he's brought the Luggage. But that's not allâ?¦ Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn't complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son - a wizard squared (that's all the math, really). Who of course, was a source of magic - a sourcerer. Will the sourcerer lead the wizards to dominate all of Discworld? Or can Rincewind's tiny band stave off the Apocalyp

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There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we had better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son...a wizard squared...a source of magic...a Sourcerer.
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The eighth of eight has an eighth son /
With revenge and fear he guides him /
A wizard fights this sourcerer. /
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