Naomi Sherer reviews...
This is a fantasy pregnant with truth disguised cleverly to induce first term abortion of many a hard held certainty. Reading it is a painless procedure allowing thoughts to be thunk that might never been thinked before.
Chalk one up for Atheism. And it is hilarious reading.
Selected quotations from a great book... I QUOTE:
And yet there seemed to be a lot of lesser gods around the place. Koomi's theory was that gods come into being and grow and flourish BECAUSE THEY ARE BELIEVED IN. Belief itself is the food of the gods. Any god could start small. Any god could grow in stature as its believers increased. And dwindle as they decreased. It was like a great big game of ladders and snakes. Page 86
Oh, I'm not talking about the poor bugger in the pit, said the philosopher, I'm talking about the people throwing the stones. They were sure all right. They were sure it wasn't them in the pit. You could see it in their faces. So glad it wasn't them that they were throwing just as hard as they could... He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at. Page 135
There were thousands of them (self appointed gods pouring down on the turtle god). The only advantage, the ONLY advantage, was that the small gods had no concept of working together. That was a luxury that came with evolution. Page 189
By Terry Pratchett
First published in Great Britain,
Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1992
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