Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork. And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too). As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!
About the Author
Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld series, started in 1983 with The Colour of Magic, and which has now reached 37 novels with Unseen Academicals. Worldwide sales of his books are 60 million, and they have been translated into 37 languages. Terry Pratchett was knighted for services to literature in 2009.
Football comes to the Discworld! And the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.
"Behind the fantasy Terry Pratchett looks at very real contemporary issues and scores many goals. This isn't just football, it's Discworld football. Or, to borrow another phrase, it's about life, the Universe, and everything." The Times 20091010 "Satirical, historical, fantastical and irresistible." Daily Mail "The subject matter is football, with a dash of Romeo and Juliet ...exactly what's needed to cheer us all up in the autumnal gloom. Terry has none of his ability to raise a laugh." Daily Express "The secret of Terry Pratchett's comic fantasy isn't so much the wackiness of the fantasy as the reliability of the comedy...with sales now topping 60m, Discworld is still going strong...with undimmed, triumphant exuberance." -- Harry Ritchie Guardian "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...Like all the Discworld novels, Unseen Academicals rewards a second reading. As ever it is peppered with allusions, from Keats to the Lewinsky affair, but, like Wodehouse, Pratchett wears his learning lightly and the pleasure of rereading is in teasing them out." -- Peter Inham The Telegraph 20091010
It’s another Discworld novel from one of my favourite authors, for that alone Unseen Academicals is going to get my vote.
Unfortunately I found Unseen Academicals to be lacking in plot. Although the theory was that the invention of the game ‘Foot-The-Ball’, the story seemed to meander around the place with no real common thread (no real ‘goal’ if you will), and I found myself drifting off a couple of times.
A large focus of the story was on the wizards, and as much as I normal love the wizards, again, I found this book was more about the social structure of the U than any real plot development.
Of course, it is a book by Mr Pratchett, so one expects a certain level of wit, humour, and poking fun at conventions, which he, achieves beautifully (as always), so perhaps my lack of interest in this particular Discworld book stems more from a lack of interest in sport, than it does in a lack of interest in the writing.
Pratchett continues to amaze me with his humour, intelligence, character developments, and insight into our own world. Discworld has football with a twist, and there is going to be a fantastic football competition in which the wizards of Unseen University demand to take part in. Rinsewind, the Librarian, Commander Vimes, are but a few oldies but goodies who make an appearance, with the introduction of newbies, like Mr Nutt, Agnes and other with whom you will fall in love, just like you have with all the others! Love it!
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