- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (13 Nov. 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552131059
- ISBN-13: 978-0552131056
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Equal Rites: A Discworld Novel: 3 Paperback – 13 Nov 1987
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"Another Discworld misadventure from the rompingly comic Mr Pratchett" (The Times)
"If you are unfamiliar with Pratchett's unique blend of philosophical badinage, you are on the threshold of a mind-expanding opportunity" (Financial Times)
"Persistently amusing, good-hearted and shrewd" (The Sunday Times)
"Pratchett keeps getting better and better...It's hard to think of any humorist writing in Britain today who can match him" (Time Out)
The third Discworld novel.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This third Discworld novel takes us to the other aspect of that strange place's magic environment, the feminine side. PTerry introduces us to someone who will later loom large in the Discworld pantheon, Esme Weatherwax. Granny Weatherwax is the resident witch of Bad Ass and takes up the task of teaching Eskarina the role of how witching works through the use of headology. Granny's not a charlatan, but she knows the value of belief and spurns the cheap tricksterism so often manifest by the wizards. Eskarina's powers are too apparent for either of them to control effectively and Granny's forced to send Eskarina to the only place where that control can be learned. By various and adventure-filled paths, Eskarina arrives at the University, thrust almost inadvertently into a bizarre new world.
Esk's outspoken claim to "want to be a wizard" brings on the confrontation between tradition and The Century of the Fruitbat. Times certainly are a-changin' but for Esk they only become worse for some time. She's given into the care of the University's housekeeper, Mrs Whitlow, and quickly becomes a figure out of Dickens.Read more ›
Equal Rites is a noticeable step-up in writing style from Pratchett -this is a proper novel with character development, a beginning, middle and end, rather than the (admittedly hugely enjoyable) string of satirical fantasy incidence that made-up the first two Discworld novels. Make no mistake, this is still a very funny read, but Pratchett now allows enough room to allow the characters to breathe, and even when the jokes are slack there's plenty to admire in Pratchett's use of language ("The storm walked around the hills on legs of lightening, shouting and grumbling" etc). Its not entirely without fault - the real joy of this novel is watching Esk grow in her abilities (including some memorable 'borrowings' of other animals bodies) and Granny's dilemma over which magical path to send her down - the later adventure story hook of over ambitious trainee wizard Simon and his inadvertent summoning of the Things From the Dungeon Dimensions is rather slight, and the way every situation is overcome by Esk's inherited magical staff rather than Esk herself is a little too convenient.
Still, a good solid first outing for Granny Weatherwax, and a highly enjoyable romp in it's own right. Recommended.
A new lead character also steps up to the mark in Granny Weatherwax, a lady very much at home in the mountains who certainly does not want to get herself into 'Forn Parts' but in this adventure has no choice, and deals with the world of cities and that of Wizards and men admirably, staring them down and shocking them entirely with her womanly strength of mind and will on many an occasion.
This is not the story of Granny Weatherwax though, it is the story of Eskarina Smith, the little girl chosen quite by accident by the Wizard Drum Billet and his cranky yet extremely loyal staff to take over his power when Death comes to take him, perhaps to become an ant as it happens. Destined for wizardry as a result of having the staff of power, yet being a female which is quite obviously not one of the components of being a wizard the story follows her on her journey of discovery through the Discworld, enlightening herself on the way things work and giving us a great insight into a number of new characters - but more importantly their little quirks and especially in this case the failings of wizards in general!
The story gains charm as a result of Eskarina's innocence, not just the childlike kind that endears other characters to her, but the rural kind, the sort that comes from knowing a small part of the world and not being allowed to look outside of this box. That's the wide eyed seek your fortune in the big city kind and Esk uses it well on her adventures to get herself into sticky little situations that Granny or the staff must facilitate her to escape from.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes you LOL. It's a shame there won't be any new discworld books but I have read the whole series numerous times and never tire of them.Published 6 days ago
Start with this, then read all the discworld witch books in order. Which makes up for this one being too short. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alison Simpson
Everything about Sir Terry's work is wonderful. Only wish he was still here ...Published 1 month ago by Adele Hathaway
With his 3rd Discworld book, Pratchett has found his voice. Gone are the Douglas Adams style asides that I found so jarring in Colour of Magic and Light Fantastic
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