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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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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Jean-loup Sabatier TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS on 26 octobre 2011
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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.
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par gaston-29 on 13 juillet 2011
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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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Par Bamber Dorothy on 15 novembre 2009
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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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"Oh the weather outside is frightful 28 septembre 2006
Par Leonard Fleisig - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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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What makes a man.....? 28 septembre 2006
Par Mr. Mj Grant - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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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Probably Pratchett's most technically expert book yet. 2 octobre 2006
Par T. S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
_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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Yet another reason why Terry Pratchett is one of my all-time favorite authors. 5 octobre 2006
Par E. L. Randall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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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continuing Tiffany's story 23 mars 2007
Par Nadyne Richmond - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
In this, the third Tiffany Aching book for young adults, Prachett continues the story and character development. The previous two books, "The Wee Free Man" and "A Hat Full of Sky", introduced us to Tiffany, a girl with the natural talent to be a witch, and the Nac Mac Feegle, small blue men who assist Tiffany in their own (often misguided) way.

Tiffany is almost 13, and faces all of the standard problems of adolescence. She has the additional problems of learning witching, which isn't about learning spells but rather learning about people and herself. Impetuously, she joins the Dark Morris dance, and the Wintersmith falls in love with her. The rest od the story is a reasonably standard adolescent story, written with the flair, insight, and humour that can only come from Pratchett.

Although this continues Tiffany's story, as well as the Discworld series, it isn't necessary to have read the previous books to understand the characters or their motivations. It stands comfortably on its own, but isn't repetitive if you are familiar with the previous books. Longtime Pratchett readers will be happy to learn more of Granny Weatherwax's formative years.
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