Sunday, July 13, 2003

Bons Pressagios

Bom, minha leitura está andando de novo (e como sempre ignorando a "fila"). Li Sandman inteiro (perfeito, mas vou deixar a resenha pra outro). Li também Through the Looking Glass (o Japa já fez uma resenha). Finalmente, li um livro do Gaiman em coautoria com Terry Pratchett -- Good Omens.
O livro traz uma narrativa sarcástica dos últimos dias da Terra. Quando digo sarcástica eu digo inglesa. Altíssima qualidade. A história se desenvolve com Crowley (ou Crawly, a serpente do pecado original) e Aziraphale (um anjo e vendedor de livros raros) decidindo que o Armagedom não os é conveniente, e tentando sabotá-lo. Armagedom este que começará numa cidadezinha minúscula do interior da Inglaterra.
Outros personagens desta aventura são (em ordem nenhuma): Anathema Device, ocultista e detentora do livro de profecias de sua ancestral Agnes Nutter (que foi um fracasso de vendas porque as profecias eram exatas demais); o Destruidor de Mundos e seus 3 amiguinhos; Newton Pulsifer, caçador de bruxas e fracassado, descendente de Thou-Shalt-not-Commit-Adultery Pulsifer, que matou Agnes; os quatro cavaleiros do apocalipse: Fome, Guerra, Poluição (a Pestilência desistiu do cargo com a invenção da penicilina) e Morte; e, finalmente, um entregador.
Como personagens coadjuvantes temos Madame Tracy, uma charlatã e "jezebel" nas quintas-feiras a noite; o líder do exército de caçadores de bruxas; um cachorro; o presidente da associação de moradores; Metátron (a Voz de Deus); Hastur; Ligur; Beelzebub; Mary Loquacious da ordem satânica "tagarela" de St. Beryl; o carro do Crowley, um Bentley 1926 que transforma qualquer fita que permaneça mais de uma quinzena dentro dele em uma fita do Queen; os quatro "outros motoqueiros" (Grievous Bodily Harm, Cruelty to Animals, Things Not Working Properly Even After You've Given Them A Good Thumping But Secretly No Alcohol Lager, and Really Cool People) e um circo de outras criaturas bizarras do apocalipse, como atlantes, tibetanos, americanos, alienígenas...
Cada detalhe é extremamente bem aproveitado e a história é extremamente elaborada (essa é a parte "Gaiman"), ao mesmo tempo que aparecem várias alfinetadas, ironias, e todo tipo de humor inteligente. É um livro pra se rir o tempo inteiro, mas com uma história por trás.
Pensei em colar aqui o trecho em que os quatro "outros" motoqueiros se nomeiam, mas o trecho é muito grande. Colocarei então o trecho sobre a origem do universo.


Eleven years ago


Current theories on the creation of the Universe state that, if it was created at all and didn't just start, as it were, unofficially, it came into being between ten and twenty thousand million years ago. By the same token the earth itself is generally supposed to be about four and a half thousand million years old.
These dates are incorrect.
Medieval Jewish scholars put the date of the Creation at 3760 B.C. Greek Orthodox theologians put Creation as far back as 5508 B.C.
These suggestions are also incorrect.
Archbishop James Usher (1580-1656) published Annales Veteris et Novi Testaments in 1654, which suggested that the Heaven and the Earth were created in 4004 B.C. One of his aides took the calculation further, and was able to announce triumphantly that the Earth was created on Sunday the 21st of October, 4004 B.C., at exactly 9:00 A.M., because God liked to get work done early in the morning while he was feeling fresh.
This too was incorrect. By almost a quarter of an hour.
The whole business with the fossilized dinosaur skeletons was a joke the paleontologists haven't seen yet.
This proves two things:
Firstly, that God moves in extremely mysterious, not to say, circu-itous ways. God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, [ie., everybody.] to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
Secondly, the Earth's a Libra.
The astrological prediction for Libra in the "Your Stars Today" column of the Tadfield Advertiser, on the day this history begins, read as follows:

LIBRA. 24 September-23 October.
You may be feeling run down and always in the same old daily round Home and family matters are highlighted and are hanging fire. Avoid unnecessary risks. A friend is important to you. Shelve major decisions until the way ahead seems clear. You may be vulnerable to a stomach upset today, so avoid salads. Help could come from an unexpected quarter.

This was perfectly correct on every count except for the bit about the salads.

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