Going Postal (Discworld #33)
... and a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged, or put Ankh-Morpork's ailing postal service back on its feet.
It's a tough decision.
But he's got to see that the mail gets through, come rain, hail, sleet, dogs, the Post Office Workers' Friendly and Benevolent Society, the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, an...more
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There was a silence. In that silence, Moist tried out a variety of responses, from "Pull the other one, it's got bells on" to "That's impossible", and decided they all sounded stupid. Groat looked deadly serious, so instead he said: "How?"
There are many, many characters in the...more
Pratchett's books are funny precisely because he has a very firm grasp of human nature. His best work feels surprisingly profound even though you're also laughing so hard you're afraid you might brea...more
In light of 2008's financial crisis, Going Postal might be taken as a timely reminder of the fallibility of humans, especially those entrusted with wealth or power.
The anti-hero is an expert con-man, a clever operator with a good heart. He is about to be ex...more
My first real attempt at a Terry Pratchett novel. Quite a while ago I picked up Colour of Magic and read it intermittently without ever really getting into it or thinking it was anything too special. I was given Going Postal as a gift a couple of years ago and finally picked it up and attempted it due to my keenness to get into the Discworld series. I'm glad I did!
It's very different to the normal sort of crime/action books I read and I'm trying to broaden my horizons with different styles...more
In any event, Going Postal was pur...more
My assumptions proved correct, and I enjoyed the book quite thoroughly. Three things struck me:
1) Pratchett's use of language is always fun, and he occasionally makes wond...more
Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into ... a government job?
By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the
Limitandoci ai libri, nel nostro paese ne sono stati tradotti solo la metà,...more
The job comes with a few perks, continuing to live being high among them, and a bodyguard whose main function is to make sure the body...more
1. The dialog. Much of it is so tongue in cheek. That provided plenty of chuckles and fit right into the tone of the story.
2. The names: Names like Moist, Dearheart, Recher Guilt and Mr Groat just to name a few helped build the identity of the characters. Not that they alway...more
In this case, though, Moist is a busted rogue. Soon after that, right in the beginning of the book, he becomes a hanged rogue...or, at least, ...more
At three am Mr. Cheeseborough arrived, in a hurry and bitter tears, to learn that his bank was a shell of paper. He brought his own clerks, with their nightshirts tucked into hastily donned trousers...
It wasn't until almost dawn that the somber men arrived. They were older and fatter and better- but not showie...more
As Moist von Lipwig would say... Life is what we make it, never forget that. Smile and give them a show. It's all about the show.
++++++ favourite quotes and possible spoiler ahead ++++++
"That's the fashion. Fast as the speed of light, they say. Ha! It's got no soul, sir, no heart," Mr. Groat pg. 58
Smile, say the right ki...more
You can imagine the creative process. Pratchett is sitting at his desk, brainstorming. "Saving the world -- scratch that, I've done it already. What's this? A letter. I'll read that after I come up with a premise for my next book. Saving the ... post office! Where's my letter opener...more
Here, Moist starts off as a condemned criminal who's given a second chance by Lord Vetinari. The only catch is that he has to take over the role of the Postmaster General of a more-or-less dead post office. And he has a golem following him around to make sure he doesn't try to escape.
Of course, escape is the only thing on hi...more
Going Postal is not one of my favorite Discworld books, I am sad to say. While well-crafted, it just doesn't seem as imaginative as many of the other novels. Some of Pratchett's later novels te...more
Vetinari, the Patrician, gets a good part; he's a tyrant, and he's terrifying, but he makes things work. You get to meet a lot of the City Guard, who are my favorite group of characters (they have eight books writ...more
So you know you've got a good book coming when the protagonist's name is one of the most hated words in the English language. "Moist." I happen to think of cake, but whatever. The point is how many authors can set up a life's experience with one word? Terry Pratchett. I know this may sound crazy to long-time fans, but I have only just recently stumbled onto his life's work, a satire and fantasy cocktail mix, and I'm completely hooked.
I walked into my local used book store. "You got any Terry Pr...more
Going Postal is just one story that features in the Discworld series. If you don't know what the Discworld is, then you must lead a poor shallow inconsolable life and no amount of funny witty puns collected in to an adventure filled story is going to make your day: or will it?
This was the fourth discworld story I read and it only cemented what I thought was great about Pratchett's writing. Which is...more
The book begins with Moist having been caught and sentenced to death. He's hung until nearly dead, decl...more
So, with that out of the way, is this book good? I mean, yes, it's discworld, it's by Terry Pratchett. I implore you to quit reading this and look up a picture of the man. Look at that beard. Does that look like the beard of a man who writes mediocre comedy fantasy novels? This IS a comedy novel, by the way, despite my doubts given the fact that the term "going postal" was coine...more