Of course the book is very funny, that almost goes without saying. A few quotes:
“They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not half so bad as a lot of ignorance.”
“She understood babies. You put milk in one end and kept the other end as clean as possible. Adults were even easier, because they did the feeding and cleaning themselves.”
“If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.”
“Granny hesitated. The tree might as well have asked why fish couldn’t be birds.” (the talking tree)
“‘If you can’t learn to ride an elephant, you can at least learn to ride a horse.’
‘What’s an elephant?’
‘A kind of badger,’ said Granny. She hadn’t maintained forest-credibility for forty years by ever admitting ignorance.”
This stuff is all over the place. If you need an excuse to read Pratchett – and you really don’t – he’s worth reading simply because he makes you remember that reading doesn’t have to be ‘boring’ or ‘intellectually taxing’.
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