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Unseen Academicals (2009)

de Terry Pratchett

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Sèrie: Discworld: Rincewind (8), Biblioteca Terry Pratchett (37)

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The wizards of Unseen University in the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed forever.
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One wouldn't think that wizards playing football (soccer, hello the author is British) would be funny, but in fact it is. Especially when it's the wizards of Unseen University. They are a strange and unorthodox bunch at the best of times, so it is no wonder that an orc (Nutt) must teach them the rules and bring football back to a less barbarous state. The novel is in fact more about how people are not always as they seem, and football is just the rallying point for the theme. All four of the major characters (Nutt & Glenda, Trev & Juliet) reveal surprsing characterstics when put under pressure, so altogether we get a highly entertaining novel. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
Pretty poor - perhaps another half star. Football isn't my thing but the problem was that it didn't contribute to the discworld mythology or to insights into human nature, and wasn't very funny either. Better to re-read one of his better ones I think. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
It's difficult to spot exactly *how* this is a step down from Pratchett's golden age. The premise is interesting, the jokes are funny, the world is richly drawn.

Nevertheless, there is clearly something missing, and cracks have started to appear in his writing. Probably the most obvious weakness is the characterisation, which is just a little inconsistent. Characters will go from calmly talking to "he screamed" in the following sentence, and some of the secondary characters are just cardboard cutouts or one-shot jokes (e.g. Bengo Macarona).

I think this book could have been rescued with a harsher editor - cutting down the extraneous scenes, combining a few characters, and making it an overall tighter read. As it is, it drags somewhat - which is not something you'd say about Pratchett's mid-career works. ( )
1 vota sometimeunderwater | Jan 20, 2021 |
In the back streets of Ankh-Morpork football is king. And those “Faces” in the shove, or crowd, are just as important as the players. After all, no one really ever sees the game itself, apart from the odd and fleeting glimpse. And in the shove Trev Likely is a name people know, he is Dave Likely’s son after all, Dave Likely the man who scored four goals! and ended up kicked to death in a game. Trev has promised his mum he won’t ever play the game. But now Vetinari is taking an interest. Football has always been frowned on, but now it is being updated and modernised. And wizards of the Unseen University are taking centre stage.

Full review: http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2010/07/16/unseen-academicals/ ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
Lots of crazy fun and some unexpected romance in this story of Ankh-Morpork. This is not one of my favorite stories as I didn't feel the plot line was clear. But the characters and the dialogs are still hilarious. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
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That professors are impractical, though, is rather old information. It's said that Einstein couldn't remember where he parked his car, but isn't it more important that he came up with the special theory of relativity? The stylistic razzle-dazzle notwithstanding, rehashing a cliche gets tiresome because whether it's a game or a novel, fans want to be surprised.
 
I wouldn't call this the best Discworld novel ever. But it's in the top five.
afegit per lampbane | editaBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Nov 11, 2009)
 
The secret of Terry Pratchett's comic fantasy isn't so much the wackiness of the fantasy as the reliability of the comedy. The very least you get in any of these 400 pages is amiable, agreeable chuntering, and there is an instructively regular provision of terrific lines.
afegit per Shortride | editaThe Guardian, Harry Ritchie (Oct 24, 2009)
 
This is the 37th in a body of work so vast that it has spawned its own concordance, yet the quality remains as high as ever and the laughs as plentiful.
 
Though the book suffers from a few awkward moments (Pratchett’s attempts to discuss racism through the strained relationships of dwarves, humans and goblins fall particularly flat), the prose crackles with wit and charm, and the sendups of league football, academic posturing, Romeo and Juliet and cheesy sports dramas are razor sharp and hilarious but never cruel. At its heart, this is an intelligent, cheeky love letter to football, its fans and the unifying power of sports.
afegit per Shortride | editaPublishers Weekly (Aug 31, 2009)
 

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Pratchett, Terryautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Briggs, StephenNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ittekot, VenugopalanTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kidby, PaulAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Matthews, RobinAuthor photoautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
McKowen, ScottAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ring, JonathanAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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This book is dedicated to Rob Wilkins, who typed most of it and had the good sense to laugh occasionally.

And to Colin Smythe for his encouragement.

The chant of the goddess Pedestriana is a parody of the wonderful poem 'Brahma' by Ralph Waldo Emerson, but of course you knew that anyway.
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It is a well-known fact in any organization that, if you want a job done, you should give it to someone who is already very busy. It has been the cause of a number of homicides, and in one case the death of a senior director from having his head shut repeatedly in quite a small filing cabinet.
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