Going Postal (Discworld #33)
By all rights, Moist should have met his maker. Instead, it's Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster. Sinc...more
The anti-hero is an expert con-man, a clever operator with a good heart. He is about to be ex...more
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.
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
"Because if we fail, I'd rather fail really hugely." 126
He stopped. Miss Crisplock was scribbling like mad, and it's always worrying to see a journalist take a sudden interest in what you're saying, especially when you half suspect it was a load of pigeon guano. And it gets worse when they are smiling. 141
"...something to do with big masses of writing thinking for themselves." 14...more
I’ve always had a bit of a problem with Terry Pratchett’s books, when they weren’t about one of his „major“ character groups; The Watch, The Witches, DEATH etc. For example, I just couldn’t get the hang of “Small Gods” or “The Thief of Time”, and finally gave up reading those books. Yes, Ladies and Gentleman (or should I say Lords and Ladies? ;), I haven’t read ALL Terry Pratchett books there are. Sue me.
I don’t really know what propelled me into trying to read “Goi...more
Everyone is a con artist, unless you are a giant stone golem. Then you are an emotionless work machine. #ManyPunsIncludedFavorite quote
Just below the dome, staring down from their niches, were statues of the Virtues: Patience, Chastity, Silence, Charity, Hope, Tubso, Bissonomy, and Fortitude. (Many cultures practice neither of these in the hustle and bustle of the modern world, because no one can remember what they are.)Review
I've spent the better part of a year submittin...more
Moist von Lipwig is literally at the end of his rope, well a rope, when a quick reprieve comes through to snatch him from the jaws of death. Lord Vetinari, the Patrician of Ankh Morpork, wants to give Moist a chance. Either run the almost defunct Post Office or go out a door a free man. The door unfortunately leads to his death. Never let anyone say that Vetinari doesn't give people a choice.
The beauty of this arrangement is that Moist (h...more
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