I’ve never been to Discworld, “a flat circular planet that rests on the back of four elephants, which in turn are standing on the back of a giant turtle.” (Description in back of book). I’ve always stayed this side of the Milky Way, but if I were to go for a visit, here is what I would take:
- Sapient Pearwood Luggage – it’s better than Louis Vuitton, trust me. “Sapient pearwood is totally impervious to all known forms of magic. It’s been constructed to follow you anywhere. I mean, when you die, if you go to Heaven, you’ll at least have a clean pair of socks in the afterlife.”
- Gold (lots of it) — you’ll need to procure a room in a good inn.
- An iconagraph — a box with a “round glass eye protruding from the center of one face, and a lever at the back . . . It’s a device for making pictures quickly.” You’ll need one of these so you can take pictures of all the heroes in the City of Ankh-Morpork.
- A really good imagination — so you can summon your own dragon. I’m really looking forward to this part.
- A magician guide – preferably a competent magician, but Rincewind the wizard will do.
- An unquenchable taste for adventure and travel.
- And most of all, an optimistic nature.
Terry Pratchett’s world of fantasy is imaginative and unexpected. Therein lies its appeal. Twoflower, a delightfully naive tourist from the Agatean Empire, takes a ship to the City of Ankh-Morpork to see some excitement. Rincewind, the barely competent wizard, becomes his guide. The pair run into danger, fights and . . . oh yes, let’s not forget Death (who only communicates in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS). Twoflower isn’t bothered a bit, and in fact, doesn’t seem to understand the concept of worry or danger. I guess that’s okay because Rincewind worries enough for both of them.
My favorite character (if you can call it that) is the sapient pearwood luggage. It’s like a loyal pet that follows Twoflower everywhere. It carries all of Twoflower’s things, and it can get vicious if kept between it and its master.
I confess that I probably would not have chosen this book on my own. It was a book club pick, but I’m glad I read it. So, if you’re in a humorous frame of mind, stop by Discworld. Don’t worry too much about all the different things you will encounter, you’ll get the hang of it soon enough. Don’t look for a map, either.
There are no maps. You can’t map a sense of humor.
(Quote by Terry Pratchett)