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Wintersmith [Anglais] [Relié]

Terry Pratchett
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octobre 2006

At 9, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland. At 11, she banished an ancient body-stealing evil. At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. And boys can be a bit of a problem when you're thirteen . . . .

But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is Winter itself—snow, gales, icicles—all of it. When he has a crush on Tiffany, he may make her roses of ice, but his nature is blizzards and avalanches. And he wants Tiffany to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever.

Tiffany will need all her cunning to make it to Spring. She'll also need her friends, from junior witches to the legendary Granny Weatherwax. They—Crivens! Tiffany will need the Wee Free Men, too! She'll have the help of the bravest, toughest, smelliest pixies ever to be banished from Fairyland—whether she wants it or not. It's going to be a cold, cold season, because if Tiffany doesn't survive until Spring—Spring won't come.

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It had to be the wintersmith, Tiffany Aching told herself, standing in front of her father in the freezing farmhouse. She could feel it out there. This wasn't normal weather even for midwinter, and this was springtime. It was a challenge. Or perhaps it was just a game. It was hard to tell, with the wintersmith.

Only it can't be a game because the lambs are dying. I'm only just thirteen, and my father, and a lot of other people older than me, want me to do something. And I can't. The wintersmith has found me again. He is here now, and I'm too weak.

It would be easier if they were bullying me, but no, they're begging. My father's face is grey with worry and he's begging. My father is begging me.

Oh no, he's taking his hat off. He's taking off his hat to speak to speak to me!

They think magic comes free, when I snap my fingers. But if I can't do this for them, now, what good am I? I can't let them see I'm afraid. Witches aren't allowed to be afraid.

And this is my fault. I: I started all this. I must finish it.

Mr Aching cleared his throat.

'. . . And, er, if you could . . . er, magic it away, uh, or something? For us . . . ?'

Everything in the room was grey, because the light from the windows was coming through snow. No one had wasted time digging the horrible stuff away from the houses. Every person who could hold a shovel was needed elsewhere, and still there were not enough of them. As it was, most people had been up all night, walking the flocks of yearlings, trying to keep the new lambs safe . . . in the dark, in the snow . . .

Her snow. It was a message to her. A challenge. A summons.

'All right,' she said. 'I'll see what I can do.'

'Good girl,' said her father, grinning with relief. No, not a good girl, thought Tiffany. I brought this on us.

'You'll have to make a big fire, up by the sheds,' she said aloud. 'I mean a big fire, do you understand? Make it out of anything that will burn and you must keep it going. It'll keep trying to go out, but you must keep it going. Keep piling on the fuel, whatever happens. The fire must not go out!'

She made sure that the 'not!' was loud and frightening. She didn't want people's minds to wander. She put on the heavy brown woollen cloak that Miss Treason had made for her and grabbed the black pointy hat that hung on the back of the farmhouse door. There was a sort of communal grunt from the people who'd crowded into the kitchen, and some of them backed away. We want a witch now, we need a witch now, but - we'll back away now, too.

That was the magic of the pointy hat. It was what Miss Treason called 'boffo'.

Tiffany Aching stepped out into the narrow corridor that had been cut through the snow-filled farmyard where the drifts were more than twice the height of a man. At least the deep snow kept off the worst of the wind, which was made of knives.

A track had been cleared all the way to the paddock, but it had been heavy-going. When there is fifteen feet of snow everywhere, how can you clear it? Where can you clear it to?

She waited by the cart sheds while the men hacked and scraped at the snow banks. They were tired to the bone by now; they'd been digging for hours.

The important thing was-

But there were lots of important things. It was important to look calm and confident, it was important to keep your mind clear, it was important not to show how pants-wettingly scared you were . . .

She held out a hand, caught a snowflake and took a good look at it. It wasn't one of the normal ones, oh no. It was one of his special snowflakes. That was nasty. He was taunting her. Now, she could hate him. She'd never hated him before. But he was killing the lambs.

She shivered, and pulled the cloak around her.

'This I choose to do,' she croaked, her breath leaving little clouds in the air. She cleared her throat and started again. 'This I choose to do. If there is a price, this I choose to pay. If it is my death, then I choose to die. Where this takes me, there I choose to go. I choose. This I choose to do.'

It wasn't a spell, except in her own head, but if you couldn't make spells work in your own head you couldn't make them work at all.

Tiffany wrapped her cloak around her against the clawing wind and watched dully as the men brought straw and wood. The fire started slowly, as if frightened to show enthusiasm.

She'd done this before, hadn't she? Dozens of times. The trick was not that hard when you got the feel of it, but she'd done it with time to get her mind right and, anyway, she'd never done it with anything more than a kitchen fire to warm her freezing feet. In theory it should be just as easy with a big fire and a field of snow, right?


From the Hardcover edition. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Poche .

Revue de presse

"Pratchett's one-liners, the comic dialogue of the Feegles, the satire about teenagers and the credulousness of the ordinary folk make for a characteristically entertaining mix." (Nicolette Jones Sunday Times)

"Oodles of dry wit, imagination and shrewdly observed characters" (Independent on Sunday)

"Terry Pratchett kicks the bejaysus out of JK Rowling...If you haven't read Pratchett before then give yourself a treat and buy this book." (In Dublin)

"Wintersmith is not written and does not read as a "young adult" book, and succeeds all the more for that. Very enjoyable." (Dreamwatch)

"Exuberant energy and humour..." (Children's Bookseller) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Poche .

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  • Relié: 323 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins Publishers (octobre 2006)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0060890312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060890315
  • Dimensions du produit: 18,4 x 11,4 x 3,8 cm
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Le plus grand humoriste anglais depuis P.G. Wodehouse est un auteur de fantasy : est-ce l'effet du hasard ? Terry Pratchett est né en 1948 dans le Buckinghamshire ; nous n'en savons pas davantage sur ses origines, ses études ou sa vie amoureuse. Son hobby, prétend-il, c'est la culture des plantes carnivores. Que dire encore de son programme politique ? Il s'engage sur un point crucial : augmentons, dit-il, le nombre des orangs-outans à la surface du globe, et les grands équilibres seront restaurés. Voilà un écrivain qui donnera du fil à retordre à ses biographes !
Sa vocation fut précoce : il publia sa première nouvelle en 1963 et son premier roman en 1971. D'emblée, il s'affirma comme un grand parodiste : La Face obscure du soleil (1976) tourne en dérision L'Univers connu de Larry Niven ; Strata (1981) ridiculise une fois de plus la hard S.-F. en partant de l'idée que la Terre est effectivement plate.
Mais le grand tournant est pris en 1983. Pratchett publia alors le premier roman de la série du Disque-Monde, brillant pastiche héroï-comique de Tolkien et de ses imitateurs.
Traduites dans plus de trente langues, Les Annales du Disque-Monde ont également donné lieu à nombre de produits dérivés ainsi qu'à des adaptations télévisées.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wintersmith 26 octobre 2011
Par Jean-loup Sabatier TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
C'est le 3ème roman du cycle de Tiffany la sorcière, après "The Wee Free Men" et "A Hat Full Of Sky". J'aime beaucoup les romans du disque-monde et encore plus ceux "pour jeunes" (c'est à dire les romans susmentionnés auxquel il faut ajouter le meilleur d'entre eux à mon avis: "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents").

Wintersmith continue à raconter la "carrière" de Tiphany, racontant son histoire et celle de son entourage, une galerie de personnages forts et colorés "Granny Weatherwax" "Miss Treason", "Nanny Ogg" et les autres sorcières notamment, ainsi que de petits personnages picaresques et turbulents aux langages fleuri (ahem) que sont les Nac Mac Feegles, ressemblant à de petits pictes tatoués de quelques centimètres de haut, membres du petit peuple), qui n'ont peur de rien et n'ont pas froid aux yeux.

Wintersmith est un peu léger au niveau de l'histoire, l'argument est mince: Typhany ne peut s'empêcher de participer à une danse, lors d'un rituel de passage des saisons. Elle entre dans la danse à la surprise de tous. Les élémentaux des saisons en sont séduit et/ou lui en veulent, elle vient perturber une histoire intemporelle dont les personnages sont des dieux élémentaux, et l'histoire en est modifié. L'hiver ne veut plus quitter le pays, le dieu élémental de l'hiver (le Wintersmith) s'intéresse à elle.
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Par gaston-29
Parce qu'on peut enfin sans complexe lire des livres pour enfant...... parce que c'est en anglais, que c'est du Terry Pratchett, et qu'il ne démérite pas par rapport au reste de la saga du Disque Monde ! Un peu difficile au départ quand on ne lit pas très souvent en anglais, le scottisch très fleuri des Wee free men destabilise, mais on s'y fait assez vite (de toute façon ils ne disent que des horreurs, on apprend en plus de nouveaux noms d'oiseau !). Et le monde des sorcières est toujours aussi attachant, ça vaut la peine de lire la trilogie dans l'ordre, en commençant par The Wee Free Men, sans doute le meilleur d'ailleurs, si on doit mettre une échelle à ces trois concentrés de détente, rires, et profonde réflexion sur l'ordre du monde.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Woderful 15 novembre 2009
Le troisieme avec la petite sorciere est peut-etre mieux que les autres. Trés recommandee por les fans de Terry Pratchet
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Oh the weather outside is frightful 28 septembre 2006
Par Leonard Fleisig - Publié sur
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but the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!"

And snow it does in Terry Pratchett's delightfully funny and thoughtful latest book, Wintersmith. I have to admit that I ordered Wintersmith because it was by Terry Pratchett. I did not notice that it is targeted as a Discworld book for younger readers. Adult fans of Discworld or of the genre generally should ignore this fact and step up and read Wintersmith. It is fun and should appeal to "children of all ages!"

The plot is summarized quite nicely in the book description and I won't waste anyone's time repeating that summary. What isn't summarized is Pratchett's way with words and with characterizations. Here we have Tiffany Aching. Not only is she a 13-year girl entering her angst-filled teen years with a lot to learn about becoming an adult, but she is also learning how to become a witch. The witches in Macbeth sum this situation up nicely when they chanted: "double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble." Pratchett has a keen ear for Tiffany and he manages to convey these pangs of adolescence with an empathy that would be too sweet if it wasn't interspersed with humor and a nod and a wink. Pratchett knows how to keep the cauldron bubbling and those bubbles contain some of Pratchett's famous set-pieces.

The Wee Free Men (the miniature version of Cohen the Barbarian multiplied by a factor of five hundred) provide some of those `fun' moments. Two examples bear repeating. At one point early on Daft Wullie goes on (with more than a wee bit of Scottish brogue) about the problem of being married and having to deal with "the Pursin' o' the Lips", the "Foldin' o' the Arms", and "not tae mention the Tappin' o' the Feets". It is left to Rob Anybody to explain the art "o' the husbandry". A little later Tiffany's beau-in-waiting Roland wonders if he is too clever by half. Roland is relieved to hear that being too clever by half is preferable to "bein' too stupid by three quarters!" Out of context these may seem to be nothing more than throw-away bits of fun writing. In context they seem a bit more than that.

Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg provide Tiffany with what can best be described as an inimitable (if off-kilter) support group. They are recurring characters on Discworld and they are in fine fettle. Rounding out the cast of characters is Wintersmith. This representation of Winter itself, who falls in love (in a boyish sort of way) with Tiffany, is a great counterbalance to Tiffany's character. If Tiffany is a young girl struggling to learn to be a woman, Winter is something approaching a boy struggling to learn what it is to become a human and then a man. It is a funny and touching portrayal. Looking at Tiffany (and her fellow teen witches) and Wintersmith and Roland was a lot like looking back at high school. Even in the alternate world that is Discworld - some things just don't change.

Wintersmith was a fun book to read despite the fact that I am decades (sad to say) removed from my teen years. This is a great book to pass throughout the family and one of the reasons I read Wintersmith so quickly was the fact that my own teenager was doing the Tappin' o' the Feets and the Foldin' o' the Arms until I'd finished it. Highly recommended for youngsters - even those with grey hair such as me. Enjoy. L. Fleisig
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What makes a man.....? 28 septembre 2006
Par Mr. Mj Grant - Publié sur
I must start by explaining my circumstances with this book, when I finished A Hat Full of Sky in June, It was hard for me, not going mad for need of a sequel. The need for it was so strong at one point I nearly brought a proof copy, and I never buy proof copies. So I am sure you can understand why I was there on the day Wintersmith was released, and it was REALLY worth the wait. It was far, far better then I thought it ever could be.

I am sure you know the story from Amazon's handy synopsis so I will just tell you what I loved most about it. I loved the romance. I loved the descriptions. I love the sense of subtle menace and fear that managed to even make ME feel scared. It really doesn't read like most Terry Pratchett books, that although full of brilliance tend to get confusing. This although not confusing, was not straightforward either, you may need to read some parts twice to absorb them fully, but on the first read it is a wonderful exhilarating rush of beautiful writing.

All of the characters in this story are developed and explored more, you find out far more about Tiffany here, Tiffany the young woman, rather than Tiffany the rather solemn child. Not facts, just more about her as a person, her character. That's what I love about Tiffany, she feels like a living breathing person. Roland, looses the whining and complaining and grows a spine, and we see what may, just possibly, be a softer side to Esme Weatherwax. And of course there's the Wintersmith. The titular character, and boy is he a worthy subject for a novel, his story is very, very moving, by the time I got to the end I was close to tears. Although he could interpreted as the villain, he is such as sad, tragic character, that you just can't help but feel sorry for him.

I began this book on Monday, and finished on the school bus this morning, if I didn't have college I would of probably been unable to drag myself away from the book if someone shouted 'The apocalypse is coming!' I'd probably just stay there and die, it WAS that good.

So if I haven't hammered the point home, buy Wintersmith, you won't be sorry for doing so (and please ignore the fact that it is technically a children's book, it's wonderful that children can get access to gold like this but it can be off putting for adults who think 'children's fiction' is below them.)!

Please rate my review if you have the time!

(Please note, I do not have my own account, so I'm using my father's, I am certainly not a Mr Grant (I'm a girl)!)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Probably Pratchett's most technically expert book yet. 2 octobre 2006
Par T. S. - Publié sur
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_Wintersmith_ is the latest entry in Pratchett's three-book sub-series about a young witch growing up and learning, appropriately enough for her trade, to be a wise woman. (there are upwards of thirty or forty "Discworld" books total, which cluster into subgroups around individual characters). New readers shouldn't read this one first; start with _Wee Free Men_, the first in Tiffany's sub-series, and then read _A Hat Full of Sky_ before proceeding to this one.

This is billed as a children's book, although little sets it apart from Pratchett's other fantasy except for some slight bowdlerizations for the young reader; primarily, this is a children's book because the heroine is a young person. . It might more properly be billed as a "young adult" book. Like the Harry Potter books, the content and tone of the Tiffany series have been maturing ever so slightly with each book, and Tiffany herself is portrayed as very mature for a child her age - a portrayal deliberate on Pratchett's part, I believe, as Tiffany is exactly as mature as most kids that age tend to think they are, and almost as mature as she herself wants to be.

Tiffany turns thirteen in this book, and puberty is definitely the theme: in the most expert intertwining of story and myth I've yet seen Pratchett accomplish, Tiffany "steps into the dance" between the Summer Lady and "Wintersmith." Accidentally taking on the Summer Lady's role, she becomes subject to the Wintersmith's advances, and as he is the elemental spirit of winter, cold, frost, ice, etc., problems ensue. Pratchett's typical humor is present throughout (at one point, when plants begin to sprout at Tiffany's feet, one practically-minded character gets her to shove her feet into a pot of onion seeds) but the truly impressive thing about this novel is how expertly Pratchett manages to use myth and metaphor to write about a young girl becoming, ahem, fertile, while still maintaining the decorum appropriate to a british children's book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Yet another reason why Terry Pratchett is one of my all-time favorite authors. 5 octobre 2006
Par E. L. Randall - Publié sur
Although all of Mr. Pratchett's Discworld books are wonderful and well worth reading, there is something very special about the Tiffany Aching series, and from what I hear this third book won't be the last - thank goodness! Wintersmith is one of those books that has you reminiscing about your own early teen years, while looking for a special teen your life (child, neighbor's kid, niece) to whom you can buy the set of books for, because you know they are going to love them and learn from them.

Mr. Pratchett is a true student, and teacher, of the human condition. His understanding encompasses not only the simplest mentalities (think Nobby), but easily walks you through the greatest, most complex minds (Lord Vetinari). And he does it with great humor and great compassion.

I've met Mr. Pratchett in person just once, but there are some people in life whom you know are good people, and very, very gifted people. Terry Pratchett is both.

Do yourself and anyone you care about who likes to read a favor - try any of his Discworld books (sorry, haven't read the others so couldn't comment on those) and see what you think. It is worth the time investment. See if you don't end up collecting his books like I do!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 More Than a Boffo Book 15 octobre 2006
Par James D. DeWitt - Publié sur
It's hard to understand how he does it, but with each book he writes Terry Pratchett out does himself. Each book is even better than the last. And this is certainly the best book of the Tiffany Aching series.

Tiffany is a teenager now, and even as preternaturally responsible a young witch as Tiffany has to rebel once in a while. When she goes to the Dark Dance, completely against the instructions of her mentor, she joins the Dark Dancers, and starts a chain of events that lead her to the greatest challenge yet. Because she attracts the attention of the Wintersmith, the elemental spirit of winter. Much of what happens afterwards is the result of a "silly girl's mistake," but Tiffany is too responsible, too independent and too good a witch to leave the mistake unrepaired. Certainly she has help. Miss Eumenides Treason, her 113-year old mentor; Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Miss Tick, Roland, the Mac Nac Feegles, Anoia (goddess of things that get stuck in drawers), Horace the Blue Cheese and, of course, Boffo. But ultimately it is Tiffany who has to make the decisions and act. In a way, in the end, you can almost feel sorry for the Wintersmith.

Terry seems to start the story in the middle. You may think he is just being arbitrary, but he's got a very good reason. It ties the beginning of the story to the climax in an exceptionally satisfying way. And that's just one example of his craftsmanship. This may be the funniest Pratchett ever: several times I was reduced to helpless giggles, and not just by the antics of Rob Anybody and the Feegles.

This is marketed as a children's book. I suppose it is, in the British tradition of children's books that speak to adults. But I promise you it deals with adult themes: life and death, responsibility and self-honesty. Parents who worry about books about witches: a Terry Pratchett witch has absolutely nothing to do with satanism, avoids the use of magic and is more responsible than any elected official.

This is Terry Pratchett at his most brilliant. Wise, hysterically funny, painstaking and honest. My very highest recommendation.
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