- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (July 30, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061020613
- ISBN-13: 978-0061020612
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 213 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Witches Abroad Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 2002
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Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.
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I think Sir Terry flexed his literary muscles with his third book, Equal Rites. Others pick Guards! Guards! or Sourcery. All three of those books proved that Sir Terry could write and write well.
But it wasn't until Witches Abroad that Sir Terry created a truly great work of art. He deals with a big question here: the nature of stories in general and fairy tales, in particular. He considers free will and predestination. And he displays a burning anger. This is the Terry Pratchett that Neil Gaiman described when he said "there is a fury to Terry Pratchett’s writing".
Witches Abroad uses familiar characters and shows us new (often unsettling) things about them. We follow the plot and enjoy the creativity of an author who tries to do more than just to make us laugh.
Terry Pratchett encourages us to think.
The price of the Kindle edition is higher than the corresponding paperback book, one would expect something as simple as intelligent formatting. I won't be buying any more Pratchett books for Kindle.
I'm sure I'll be able to get through the book in the end, and I'm sure I'll love the story written. But I wouldn't have bought the Kindle version if I knew it would be so annoying to read.
WITCHES ABROAD lampoons just about every tourism cliche, and I suppose I got the biggest laughs from the parodies of riverboat gamblers on the Vieux (Ol' Man) River and Mardi Gras ("Fat Lunchtime" according to Nanny), plus a voodoo witch with a Russian name and a baba yaga house, which made her even funnier. Every fairy tale you can imagine is parodied and twisted around, even modern ones like THE WIZARD OF OZ. But the best lampoon is the hysterical two page Hemingway send-up in the bull chase sequence, turning that author's infamous cojones and humorlessness into something side-splitting.
In spite of her inner urgings, which are brought out most forcefully in this novel, Granny Weatherwax is her usual sour but fundamentally decent self, making us prefer her direct tactlessness to her sister's slick manipulation. "Tact" is something Granny ignores. She perpetrates every paranoid suspicion generated by "ugly American" tourists and their British counterparts, and I've met both kinds while traveling in Europe. Nanny Ogg is almost too eager to communicate, and too certain of her "forn" vocabulary. Her malapropisms of languages and cuisine (crap suzette, anyone?) had me collapsing with laughter. Magrat, who for the most part bids farewell to the subseries after the next book, LORDS & LADIES, may be a wet hen but begins to show some mettle. Certainly she demonstrates good sense when she objects to the servant girl's name, Emberella, as sounding like "something you'd put up to keep the rain off."
There's so much more that will keep you giggling -- a continuation of Pratchett's dwarf bread jokes, Greebo the Cat's amazing transformation, Nanny's introduction to the very short great lover Casanunda (whose name is one of of Pratchett's best puns). All in all, WITCHES ABROAD would make a wonderful Christmas present for anyone who needs cheering up. Since it's readily available in bookstores around here, why is it currently NOT available through this website?