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Johnny och döden de Terry Pratchett
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Johnny och döden (edició 2002)

de Terry Pratchett

Sèrie: Johnny Maxwell (2)

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After twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell suddenly starts seeing and talking to ghosts, he and his friends become involved in a battle to save the local cemetery.
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Títol:Johnny och döden
Autors:Terry Pratchett
Informació:Stockholm : B. Wahlström, 2002
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Johnny and the Dead de Terry Pratchett

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This story is simply amazing. I feel like these books get overlooked a lot, but they are some of my favorites among Pratchett's work, and to me they showcase some of his finest qualities. Which means I cry every time I read them, of course. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
A loose sequel to 'Only You Can Save Mankind', but it's also an excellent standalone novel, and I have a hazy memory I might have read it first.

Johnny is an undistinguished child growing up in Blackbury, a Northern city in the 1990s. His parents are in the middle of getting divorced, and his friends are a rag-tag assortment - the fat computer geek, the skinhead with a heart of gold, and the black one who loves brass band music.

Johnny's gift / problem is the ability to see things that other people don't. In Only You Can Save Mankind, this manifests as talking to the ScreeWee in his computer game, and having to engage with 'what if I was really trying to commit genocide on an entire other race of sentient beings? In Johnny and the Dead he becomes aware of the dead in the cemetery, which is due to be demolished to make room for a new office block.

This gives rise to a sweet story, where the living work out the importance of knowing about the past, and the dead (who are definitely not Ghosts, just Dead) work out the importance of letting go of the past and moving on to be free and happy. .

'You listened. You tried. You were there. You can get medals just for being there.'

It's a warm and uplifting book that I think is one of my favourites of all the Pratchetts, with his trademark humour and a deep love of the world.

'Johnny blinked. And looked around at the world. It was, not to put too fine a point on it, wonderful. Which wasn't the same as nice. It wasn't even the same as good. But it was full of ... stuff. You'd never get to the end of it. It was always springing new things on you.' ( )
  atreic | Jul 20, 2020 |
It was just a matter of time. I wrote a few days ago that we’ve been exploring some of our local cemeteries during the lockdown, piecing together the stories of the families buried there, and judging people on the quality of their gravestone poetry. Inevitably, this reminded me of one of my few childhood books that I brought with me to London: Terry Pratchett’s Johnny and the Dead, which I promptly unearthed (‘exhumed’?) from my bookshelves. I don’t remember the circumstances of this purchase – I never read the other Johnny Maxwell books and this was long before I started reading Discworld – but my parents got it right. There’s something ineffably British about Pratchett’s story of a young lad who realises to his alarm that he can see dead people in the local Victorian cemetery. And, as he’s apparently the only one who can talk to them, he feels that he’s the one who has to break the news. Because the town council has decided that the cemetery is no longer relevant, and has decided to sell it off to a glossy modern company for a glossy progressive modern office block. Needless to say, the dead are not happy…

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2020/05/14/johnny-and-the-dead-1993-terry-pratchett/ ( )
1 vota TheIdleWoman | May 14, 2020 |
Johnny Maxwell is back and this time he can see ghost, who are pissed off that their cemetery is slated for demolition after being sold to developers in a dodgy real estate deal.

There's a lot about the importance of tradition in this one; not tradition in the "this how we've always done things and why should we change them now" sense, but as a way to respect and remember those who came before. Of course since this is Pratchett, he turns it all topsy-turvy so the living become keepers of the past while the dead get a new lease on, er, life. ( )
1 vota amanda4242 | Apr 5, 2020 |
After reading most of the Disc World series, I moved into the Johnny Maxwell series with some misgivings around whether his non-Disc World stories were up to scratch. As it turned out, "Johnny and the Dead" is not one of Pratchett's best works.

Covering the story of a young boy who can speak to the dead at his local cemetery, "Johnny and the Dead" never reaches the heights, comically or thematically, of the best of the Disc World series. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Apr 18, 2019 |
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Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2005 (Vol. 73, No. 23))
Fresh from leading the ScreeWee fleet across hostile game space and back to their own territory, Johnny Maxwell returns to champion a more local group of beings in need: the dead denizens of the local cemetery, slated for redevelopment into Modern Purpose-Designed Offices by United Amalgamated Consolidated Holdings. Pratchett's cry against the needlessly tragic rejection of communities and their histories is just as passionate as was his cry against war in Only You Can Save Mankind (2004). Johnny allows himself to be conscripted by the dead, whom only he can see. They are an agreeable assortment of sweetly loony characters including a former Alderman, a suffragist, a socialist and an inventor, who, along with the rest of their fellows, represent the collective history and culture of Blackbury. If the narrative turns a bit preachy at times, kids will nevertheless find themselves won over by both the dead and Johnny's basic sense of decency. Humor and honest pathos play off each other to make for an emotionally balanced whole, one whose resolution will be as satisfying to readers as it is to Johnny. 2006
afegit per kthomp25 | editaKirkus
 
Jane Harrington (Children's Literature)
The second book in “The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy” gets off to a good start (“Johnny never knew for certain why he started seeing the dead…”) but quickly becomes a surprisingly poor read from the prolific author of Discworld, and the “Bromeliad Trilogy.” The story loosely revolves around twelve-year-old Johnny and his fight to keep a cemetery from being destroyed, though most of the pages are devoted to other happenings that are not well-connected to this central theme. Attempts at parody and humor sometimes work--as in many of the conversations between Johnny and the “post-life citizens”--but most fall flat, or are too dated or too tied to the author’s own (British) culture. There is a level of crassness, too, that borders on offensive, as in this description which seems intended to show what social misfits Johnny’s friends are: “And then there was Johnny, and Wobbler, and Bigmac, who said he was the last of the well hard skin-heads but was actually a skinny kid with short hair and flat feet and asthma who had difficulty even walking in Doc Martens, and there was Yo-less, who was technically black.” Young readers on this side of the pond are very apt to consider that racial remark a slur-- and probably will not have a clue what “well hard skin-heads” and “Doc Martens” are. Brit-lit can be great fun, but there clearly could have been a heavier editorial hand in the Americanization of this book. Overall, a disappointing offering from such an experienced writer. 2006
afegit per kthomp25 | editaChildren's Literature, Jane Harrington
 

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Life was difficult enough already. Let someone else say something.
It's wrong to think that the past is something that's just gone. It's still there. It's just that You've gone past. If you drive through a town, it's still there in the rearview mirror: Time is a road, but it doesn't roll up behind you. Things aren't over just because they're past. Do you see that?
If we start off not knowing what we're going to do, we could do anything.
"I hardly did anything." "You listened. You tried. You were there. You can get medal just for being there."
Johnny blinked. And looked around at the world. It was, not to put too fine a point on it, wonderful. Which wasn't the same as nice. It wasn't the same as nice. It wasn't even the same as good. But it was full of...stuff. You'd never get to the end of it. It was always springing new things on you....
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