Brutha is a simple lad. He can't read. He can't write. He's pretty good at growing melons. And his wants are few.
He wants to overthrow a huge and corrupt church. He wants to prevent a horribly holy war. He wants to stop the persecution of a philosopher who has dared to suggest that, contrary to the Church's dogma, the Discworld really does go through space on the back of an enormous turtle. (Which is true, but when has that ever mattered?) He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please.
But most of all, what he really wants, more than anything else, is for his god to choose someone else...
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
©1992 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.
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Small Gods has to compete as one of my favourite Discworld Novels. It is very, very funny - and yet, it reaches depths of observation about humanity, religion, philosophy that many an academic treatise barely scratches.
I have listened to Small Gods many many times now. I can say with little fear of being wrong that it is my favorite audiobook and performance. It's both hilarious and thought provoking.
This book really speaks to Pratchett's philosophy on religion, spirituality, cruelty and humanity. The first time I read this it opened my eyes without being heavy handed or preachy.
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