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The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld – Soul Music

Death on motorbike by Paul Kidby. Image from http://forum.dyskowe.info/topics10/paul-kidby-vt913,40.htm

Death on motorbike by Paul Kidby. Image from http://forum.dyskowe.info/topics10/paul-kidby-vt913,40.htm

I’ve chosen Soul Music as the next installment for my ‘Wit and Wisdom of Discworld’ as I couldn’t resist doing another Death novel. I think they are easily my faviourite collection of books by Terry Pratchett. Re-reading these small snippets of the books are making want to go back and read them all again. Unfortunately, they are all at my Mum’s house – I’ll have to go back home again soon and raid her bookselves!

I’ve selected some quotes from ‘The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld’ which made me smile and laugh. There are also a few in there which I can definietely relate to considering I live and go out with a musician!

So here is the blurb:

‘Other children got given xylophones. Susan just had to ask her Grandfather to take off his vest.

Yes. There’s a Death in the family.

It’s hard to grow up normally when Grandfather rides a white horse and weilds a scythe – especially when you have to take over the family business, and everyone mistakes you for the Tooth Fairy. And especially when you have to face the new and addictive music that has entered the Discworld.

It’s lawless. It changes people.It’s called Music With Rocks In.

It’s got a beat and you can dance to it, but… it’s alive.

And it won’t fade away.

And here are the snippets:

– It looked like the kind of musical instrument emporium which doubles as a pawnshop, since every musician has at some time in his life had to hand over his instrument if he wants to eat and sleep indoors.

– “We haven’t even practised together properly,” said Imp.

“We’ll practise as we go along,” said Glod. “Welcome to the world of professional musicianship”.

– The Mended Drum had traditionally gone in for, well, traditional pub games, such as dominoes, darts and Stabbing People In The Back And Taking All Their Money.

– There is something very sad about an empty dressing room. It’s like a discarded pair of underpants, which it resembles in a number of respects. It’s seen a lot of activity. It may even have witnessed excitment and a whole gamut of human passions. And now there’s nothing much left but a faint smell.

– The Patrician leaned back in an attitude that suggested attentive listening. He was extremely good at listening. He created a kind of mental suction. People told him things just to avoid the silence. 

Death playing guitar by Paul Kidby. Image taken from http://owlsroof.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/para-ler-soul-music.html

Death playing guitar by Paul Kidby. Image taken from http://owlsroof.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/para-ler-soul-music.html

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