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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Unseen Academicals (Terry Pratchett)

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old-fashioned, pushing and shoving kind, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing. And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match without using magic, so they are going to try everything else.
The Big Match draws in a mischievious youngster with a gift for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might turn out to be the greatest fashion model ever and the mysterious Mr. Nutt (no one knows much about Mr. Nutt, not even himself.)
As the match approaches, four lives are changed for ever. Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.

Quote: "When you clearly liked people, they were slightly more inclined to like you. Every little helped."

Why this book speaks to me: Although it seems to be just about football, that is not the case. Written in a very funny and intelligent manner, this story is about a stranger who finds out he is not what he thought and has to find a way to live with it and not run from people judging him; A fat lady who speaks her mind whenever she thinks people are not being fair, but also learns that love can arrive when you least expect it to, with the person you least expect; A beautiful girl who leaves the dream of becoming a model to listen to her best friend, the person whose feeling she truly cares about; A boy capable of anything for his true love, even being as corny as writing a love poem, with the promise of no "hanky panky"; But above all, this story is about being a team and sticking together as such for good and bad times. If one person is suffering, the others will help them out, that is what friendship must be about!

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