#BookSnapSunday – Hogfather
With Christmas fast approaching this weeks book snap could only be one book. My all time favourite Christmas read: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, and my all time favourite Terry Pratchett novel. Pratchett’s Discworld universe is a mirror of ours, on the disc they celebrate Hogswatch, the equivalent of Christmas and instead of Santa Claus they have the Hogfather but what happens if the Hogfather is indisposed? One of Pratchett’s greatest creations is the character of Death, the grim reaper, a humane and warm figure despite his function, so when the Hogfather is unavailable Death steps in to fill his shoes and keep belief alive. This is an incredibly wise and profound novel about belief and origins and how we make sense of the world, how we make it a better place. One of my favourite lines from any book is a line from death in a speech where he explains why we need fantasy:
HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
This is such a lovely novel, witty and wise and very, very highly recommended.