Small Gods

Small GodsMy second read and I like it even .This extremely cleaver religious satire is one of the top Pratchett s work as organized religion becomes target of his wit and cynicism. One of the Discworld novels that doesn t belong to any character sub series, Small Gods is nevertheless one of the best ones I ve read so far.Terry Pratchett was a humanist That is to say, he wasn t religious He apparently distinguished between religion as in religious institutions such as The Church and faith as in what people believe in their own hearts and minds and was especially critical of the former I m much the same Personally, I find religion silly, period It has had its place in the evolution of mankind, surely, but not nowadays And yet look around I keep hearing people talk about all the good this or that person or institution is doing for religious reasons and maybe some are, but they are not the norm and many do it for ulterior reasons anyway e.g wanting to get recognition for what they are doing or being afraid of some form of hell or whatever.This andare points Sir Terry is addressing in this book as well.We meet Brutha, a novice in the temple of the Great God Om The problem Well, for starters, Brutha might be honest to a fault and have an impeccable memory but he also just wants peace which he is unlikely to get to enjoy since he s been chosen as the new Prophet And then there is the tiny problem of The Great God Om, who is speaking to Brutha, currently being trapped in the body of a cute little tortoise.In a world full of gods and saints and whatnot, with almost everyone believing something else, they have to find a way to restore Om to His Former Glory and, possibly, make things a little better in Brutha s home country and some neighbouring ones as well.Authoritarian systems, the Discworld version of the Inquisition, gods, saints, demons, lions, eagles, philosophers, priests and some mysterious monks safeguarding history The reader gets a wide cast of characters that are all tragically funny and always spot on when it comes to condemning wilfull ignorance and promoting free will Pratchett nails it with his snarky and bone dry observations on religious upbringing I should know because despite being an atheist humanist, I was born into a Roman Catholic family In his signature funny and light way, he shows how these oppressive systems work often so that those trapped in them don t even realize it Moreover, he makes valid points such as that either you do nice good things because you want to and because it s the right thing to do or you shouldn t bother However, despite all that, the book is never preachy see what I did there P or boring On the contrary, the mad romp through several hitherto unseen countries on the disc was delightful and fast paced and I was constantly laughing about the clumsiness and bad luck of Om and Brutha. One of Pratchett s best Discworld novels.Pratchett delivers a brilliant parody of religion in this early the 13th standalone In the land of Omnia, the great god Om is worshiped and all who don t are subject to the Quisition a satire of the political theological Inquisition His high priest Vorbis controls all with fear of holy retribution.But is it Om or his religion that controls The great god Om has a problem Historically taking the shape of animals like bulls or majestic predators, he finds himself stuck in the shape of a tortoise Seems no one actually believes in him The citizens of Omnia arefearful of his autocratic sect that him as a god.While Neil Gaiman explored this theme better in his archetypal novel American Gods, Pratchett also has some fun with the idea that a god exists because of the number of people who believe In Small Gods, only lowly novice Brutha truly believes in Om and Pratchett fashions a story around the strange relationship between the two.Featuring Pratchett s signature humor and superb writing, Discworld fans will also enjoy time with Lu Tze, The Librarian, Death, very likable protagonist Brutha and the introduction of the Diogenes like philosopher Didactylos This scathing satire on religion is one of his darker Discworld outings but also one of his best. The high and mighty Om, has been stuck as a tortoise for over three years now Odd really that this should happen with a country full of zealous believers at His disposal They re devout enough to wage war in His name yet can t hear his request forlettuce leaves Well, except for Brutha, the most simple minded of them all.In dire need of protection from non believing eagles, our tiny little Om as a tortoise will take what He can get, where He can get it As diplomatic destinations go, one could do much worse than Ephebe, home to a vast number of thinkers, and the occasional brilliant invention.Small Gods was not particularly high up on my Discworld re read listlike a task to be ticked off, on the way tointeresting books Something that I could see being useful to open other people s eyes about organized religion.I, for one, have already done the fervent little believer, who worries that the kindly God has seen her eye her procrastinated chores on Sundays or the spiteful atheist who will strive to insert twice as many mean spirited remarks as anyone else into all her interactions with the devout only to become an occasional eye roller and constant exasperated sigher.and I did it all in heels.Oh OK, they were wedges but my point ha stands I ve done it already, felt sufficiently ashamed of it, and it was now time to turn topractical pursuits But then little by little, the characters started to grow on me, and I suddenly found myself so hooked that I devoured the whole book within a day While the Quisition department s tortures, the mindless religious bigotry, and power hungry coups d tat all left me in various states of disgust, when the narrative perspective would switch to Brutha, I was ready to swing my metaphorical pom poms his way Brutha s simple minded yet thoughtful way of believing was so touching, especially because I was expecting him to do a 180 character change with each of his fervently held beliefs that came crashing down.Having recently finished a children s book whose love thy enemies message left me utterly nonplussed, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself earnestly hoping that Brutha s kindness would eventually pay off, even though I would ve been happy to have the main antagonist drop dead at any moment.Score 4.8 5 starsI have to admit that I did end up skimming through some of thephilosophical passages, in favor of theaction packed scenes, but all in all I can t say I was ever bored As a matter of fact I even cried at the climactic moment, which is highly unusual for me.P.S Fans of Carpe Jugulum should definitely read this, in order to have a better understanding of the legends surrounding the prophet Brutha. The trouble with being a god is that you ve got no one to pray to.What good is being a god when you re stuck in the body of a lowly tortoise, and your only follower is an uneducated melon hoer Yep, it sucks to be Om.Now, imagine poor Brutha s disappointment One day he s quietly minding his melons, the next he s on some wild adventure with a smart ass tortoise who insists he s a god, even though THIS god is NOTHING like the prophets said he would be For one thing, he doesn t have horns for another, this so called god can t even remember MEETING the prophets The Prophet Hashimi Never met the man Oh Oh So I suppose you didn t give him the Book of Creation, then What Book of Creation You mean you don t know No Then who gave it to him I don t know Perhaps he wrote it himself Whoa A blasphemous god You don t meet one of those every day These little exchanges between Om and Brutha are pricelessOpened my eyesmy eyeand I was a tortoise Why How should I know I don t know lied the tortoise But youyou re omnicognisant, said Brutha That doesn t mean I know everything Brutha bit his lip Um Yes It does I ve always had a fondness for characters who are forced to hold conversations with entities that no one else can see Hilarity frequently ensues, as everyone else assumes you re talking to yourself, and therefore, just a bit batty Does anyone besides me remember My Partner the Ghost This is not Pratchett s funniest book, but there s still a lot to love here Just about everyone and every thing is mocked, and that s always good for us all I ll let Brutha have the final wordYou know, I used to think Iwas stupid, and then I met philosophers Amen, Brother Brutha. Winning in HeavenPratchett at his theological best there are many gods, varying in size and power depending on the numbers who believe in them The obvious theological economic issue which then arises is How does a small god survive Stiff competition calls for creative solutions. I m upping my ranking from a four to a five just because this tickled me much better the second time around Re read from about 15 years ago, and somehowsatisfying now than it was then Why Om I don t know Flying turtles kinda rock my world This is a total Moses coming out of the desert kind of tale, only the GREAT GOD OM is a tiny turtle with only one believer and the kid is kinda hopeless, but a god s gotta do what a god s gotta do Get Believers On DISCWORLD.So yeah, it s kindof a mess, traveling from the city of believers who don t believe in anything, to the city of philosophers who believe in ignorance, to the deep desert where there are a bunch of destitute almost ex gods who ve seen much, much better days.The humor is the best part Of course I mean, it IS Pratchett So glad I got to re read this one in particular Religion has a really huge target painted on its back And people Especially people. It s not my fault if people misuse the It is It has to be If you muck up people s minds just because you want them to believe in you, what they do is all your faultFun, fun, fun I loved the premise of what happens to small gods gods that either lose their followers or only had a few to begin with Om is such a god with only one believer left Ignominy and the dire consequences of losing one s last devotee leads to much elbow shoving and jockeying But no tortoise had ever been a god, and knew the unwritten motto of the Quisition Cuius testiculos habes, habeas cardia et cerebellum.This tickled me silly Absolutely irreverent and utterly amusing VI This is Religion, Boy Not Comparison Bloody Shopping You Shall Not Subject Your God to Market Forces My thanks to BlackOxford s enticing review and question answering My first Pratchett, and definitely not my last. Bulgarian review below YOU HAVE PERHAPS HEARD THE PHRASE, he said, THAT HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE Yes Yes, of course Death nodded IN TIME, he said, YOU WILL LEARN THAT IT IS WRONG It makes you contemplate so many things Beyond religion too There were so many passages when I was musing It s like this thought has sprung out of my head but it s written a hundred times better than I would have said it.The book is a splendid metaphor for religion All gods are small until you believe in them Until you are the one that allows them to grow God is not some vague anthropomorphic manifestation, it s not an incarnation of all your fears and the absolution of all your sins, and it s not the institution that pretends it toils in the name of His glory It s not even the small turtle which have suddenly lost all its followers You are God No, you are not ordinary You are as grand as you believe And you are capable of as much as you believe End of story, , , , , , , , , ,, ,. Just Because You Can T Explain It, Doesn T Mean It S A Miracle Religion Is A Controversial Business In The Discworld Everyone Has Their Own Opinion, And Indeed Their Own Gods Who Come In All Shapes And Sizes In Such A Competitive Environment, There Is A Pressing Need To Make One S Presence Felt And It S Certainly Not Remotely Helpful To Be Reduced To Be Appearing In The Form Of A Tortoise, A Manifestation Far Below God Like Status In Anyone S Book In Such Instances, You Need An Acolyte, And Fast Preferably One Who Won T Ask Too Many Questions

Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Small Gods
  • Terry Pratchett
  • English
  • 17 February 2019
  • 9780552152976

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