Jingo (Discworld #21)
Throughout history, there's always been a perfectly good reason to start a war. Never more so if it is over a 'strategic' piece of old rock in the middle of...more
Sounds unpleasantly familiar, which is probably why I was drawn to reading this book.
This is one of the Watch books in the Discworld series, and like so many of those books deals with the intersection between law and politics. In this case, a mysterious island surfaces halfway between the g...more
The bulk of the plot is spurred on by an international conflict between Klatch and Ankh-Morpork over the re-emergence of an island halfway between both countrie...more
The twenty-first Discworld novel tackles a most depressing subject - the warmongering, violent side of human nature. The scenario is that the lost continent of Leshp has risen again from the seabed, to be claimed by both Ankh-Morpork and the empire of Klatch. War seems to be inevitable, as patriotism apparently spontaneously breaks out in Ankh-Morpork. The City Watch are once again the centre of things as Commander Vimes tries to work out who...more
It was a good choice. Of course it was. I've been recommended 'Jingo' several times, and it's perfectly obvious why: it's exactly my kind of thing. A lot of page time is spent on my favourite supporting cast (Vetinari, Carrot, Angua) and Lady Sybil gets a good few pages of bein...more
Двата момента, които са ми любими:
"Сержант Колън имаше широка обща култура. Той беше минал през школата на Баща Ми Винаги Казваше, завършил беше колежа Всички Знаят, а в момента правеше аспирантура в университета Един Човек В Кръчмата Го Разправя."
"Какво са йероглифите, сержант?
Колън се поколеба, но само за кратко.
— Вид молюски, ефрейтор.
— Хей, ти всичко знаеш, сержант! — възкликна възхитен Ноби. — Значи йерогли...more
It isn't much of an island that rises up one moonless night from the depths of the Circle Sea — just a few square miles of silt and some old ruins. Unfortunately, the historically disputed lump of land called Leshp is once again floating directly between Ankh-Morpork and the city of Al-Khali on the coast of Klatch — which is spark enough to ignite that glorious international pastime called "war." Pressed into patriotic service, Commander Sam Vimes thinks he should be leading his loyal watchmen,...more
Pratchett's satiric view usually touches many points and in this book it does so with war. Although it is not war directly, but patriotism (mingled with xenophobia) and how it may direct head on onto a war (for petty reasons).
Other Pratchett's books share this satiric view of a certain topic and it is sometimes present throughout them. I have already enjoyed it in some others as in Small Gods. It is a ref...more
Fans of Jerome K. Jerome, George Orwell, and other distinctly English humorous authors will enjoy Pratchett's wit and social commentary very much.
a reluctant pratchett fan, i was urged into the genre by my mother and my grandmother and quickly got infested by the discworm parasite (a bit different than ringworm--much, much harder to get rid of).
in this book, a strange sea-weed covered city called leshp rises from the seas, and promptly starts a war between two countries: ankh-morpork, who want to launch an exploration of the site for curiosity and expansion of resources, and klatch, who obviously want t...more
I wish everybody the good luck to read a Terry Pratchett book at...more
"What is that thing talking about?"
"Search me. Sounds like it's in a different world, doesn't it... ?" He could feel events racing towards a distant wall. Sweat filled his eyes. He couldn't remember when he'd last had a proper sleep. His legs twinged. His arms ached, pulled down by the heavy bow.
"...bingeley... Eight oh two eh em, Death of Corporal Littlebottombottom... Eight oh three eh em... Death of Sergeant Detritus... Eight oh thr
I knew this book was centred around The Watch, the Ankh-Morpork police and I figured its about time I got to know the other regulary occuring Pratchett cast. Consisting of die-hard Commander Vimes, ever optimistic Captain Carrot, and a host of other characters which include (a werewolf, a zombie, a troll and a dwarf), I found the laudable ignorance of...more
The premise revolves, as most Night Watch books do, around a mystery, but more socially it also revolves around xenophobia, cultural stereotyping and the sort of gung-ho "we kill it because it's there" attitude that's been at the base of a few wars in its time.
The book brings the familiar cast of characte...more
The main plot sta...more