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Terry Pratchett
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4 Jun 2007 Discworld Novels (Book 33)

The post was an old thing, of course, but it was so old that it had magically become new again.

The post office is an ailing institution belonging to the olden days. New technology overshadows its mind-numbing bureaucracy and the creakingly slow pace of change. You can call them nostalgic, but there are still people who believe in the post: in the beauty of stamps and cast-iron pillar boxes, and the dignity of the postman braving hail, wind and troublesome dogs. And sometimes it's worth standing up for what you believe in...


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552154326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552154321
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"Pratchett can make you giggle helplessly and then grin grimly at the sharpness of his wit" (A.S. Byatt Daily Mail)

"His world, increasingly subtle and thoughtful, has become as allegorical and satirical as a painting by Bosch ... Pratchett's joy in his creations, in jokes, puns, the idea of letters and language itself makes Going Postal one of the best expressions of his unstoppable flow of comic invention" (The Times)

"Like many of Pratchett's best comic novels, it is a book about redemption ... There's a moral toughness here, which is one of the reasons why Pratchett is never merely frivolous" (Time Out)

"With all the puns, strange names and quick-fire jokes about captive letters demanding to be delivered, it's easy to miss how cross about injustice Terry Pratchett can be. This darkness and concrete morality sets his work apart from imitators of his English Absurd school of comic fantasy" (Guardian)

"Pratchett ... is the missing link between Douglas Adams and J.K. Rowling. To non-initiates his work is gobbledygook, but dig deeper and you find the wit and imaginationthat have gained him a fanatical readership - among them is A.S. Byatt" (FT MAGAZINE)

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Terry Pratchett puts his stamp on the thirty-third Discworld novel.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett at his best 30 Nov 2004
Format:Hardcover
I love Terry Pratchett books, I really really do. They're brilliant. Pure, unadulterated genius.
This book follows the story of a con artist as he tries, with the flair of a natural showman, to get the Ankh-Morpork post office up and running against the competition: the clacks, semaphore towers which can send a message across country and next to no time, but are run by a bunch of money grabbers who don't care about the clacks themselves, only what the towers can do for them.
Old favourite discworld characters make small appearances. Vimes is seen, but not heard. Carrot and Angua pop in briefly for a chat, Colon loiters outside a building, the librarian is seen in the background. But the patrician....ahh...gotta love that man. Many of Ankh-Morpork's inhabitants seem to forget that he is actually a tyrant, and therefore doesn't have to justify himself to anyone. And there are the golems, and they always make me smile.
You've got the fantastic clash between the bad guy and the bad guy. The bad guy who really is a good guy, just not interested in honest work, and the bad guy who appears to do honest work, but really is a bad guy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another strong addition to the Discworld 16 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
Terry Pratchett's latest addition to the Discworld series continues to develop in the direction he has been following for quite some time. In one sense, the book is nothing new - if you liked previous Discworld books, particularly the more recent ones, then you will like this. If the Disworld says nothing to you, then this will not excite you either. But that is not to say the book is not lively and original. Within the fairly broad canvas of Ank Morpork that Pratchett has developed over the whole series, he sets up almost entirely new characters (a few old ones have small cameos) in a situation unlike any previous story.
Just as the setting is familiar, the broad sweep of the story is one of the classic plots - likeable young hero takes on moribund organisation (the Post Office) and revives it while saving young heroine in distress. But within this classic framework, Pratchett follows his usual plan of introducing classic cliches only in order to parody and subvert them. The eventual success of the hero is better portrayed than usual - he does not have to use unusual ability or virtue, not win the loyalty of followers by improbable charisma; he does so by using his professional skills - which happen to be those of a con-man and cheat.
The quick-fire gags of the earlier books make very few appearances, but the more subtle humour which has grown up in the more recent books pervades it. One of the best books so far - though Night Watch must remain my favourite.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Stuff 21 Feb 2005
Format:Hardcover
Genuinely the best Pratchett book I have read for a long time - the characters are the usual assortment of Discworld rag-tags and there are some excellent spoofs and pastiches (without wanting to spoil anything, particularly the flaming eye in the omniscope and the Terminator references for the Gollums!)
For long time fans of the series it's good to see a few old favourites back - it's been too long since we set foot inside the Unseen University, and even the Mended Drum gets a look in!
In addition, when I first picked it up and found that Pratchett was writing in chapters I was a little shocked, but they work really well, and it's amazing how well the brief summary at the start of each chapter tells you everything that happens, but really tells you nothing at all!
Highly recommended, can't wait for the next as always...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett turns out another master work 28 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
I've been reading the Discworld novels since about 1989, and I believe that Going Postal is the 33rd book in the series - and honestly there hasn't been a bad book in the lot, and in many ways Terry Pratchett improves as a writer with every book he releases. GOING POSTAL is in some ways a throw-back to his earlier books, being the first book for quite a while that's divided into chapters, and with more of the hilarious footnotes that were a favourite feature of his earlier books. However, it still maintains the deeper characterisation and depth of his more recent works, and the very strong story-telling. Pratchett's great gift is using his fantasy world to make wry satirical observations about our everyday world, and the nature of human existence and weakness - without being at all heavy going to read. A true British institution, and I look forward to many more Discworld books :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Terry Pratchett may have a formulaic style, but even so in Going Postal he has another winner by portraying the British Postal system in an extrememly witty fashion.
Not as absorbing as his other books, but long time fans will like it. Anyone new to the Discworld will fare better with Going Postal as an introduction as very few regular characters are included and their back story is not needed. I was hoping to see William de Worde, but alas he is not there.
The books are less frivolous than his earlier work. No bumbling wizards or sharp eyed withches. Lately, his stories have focused more on ordinary people, (The Wee Free Men and Hat Full of Sky for young adults not withstanding).
I highly recommend this book. It is funny, witty, satricial, wry and above all there is satisfaction in seeing the postal service so brilliantly parodied. 4 stars purely because I am a long time fan of the Witches and Death books and hope we will have another one soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
This was my first encounter with Terry Pratchett and I was bowled over. Clever, exciting, funny ... what more could anyone ask?
Published 3 days ago by emsha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Possibly my favourite Discworld book, expertly read
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would recommend to anyone
Published 8 days ago by rebecca.l.greenwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting near perfect
Once again delight is in the letters. All the usual characters seen from a different view and new ones fitting neatly into the Discworld universe. Going Postal delivers.
Published 8 days ago by dawnlabarre
5.0 out of 5 stars classic discworld - just fabulous
its been a while since i read a discworld book. the storytelling in this one is as good as i remember it to be, but with the addition of chapters! Read more
Published 1 month ago by bryophyta
4.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett does it again
Another amusing read which should appeal to confirmed Discworld fans and those who are encountering Terry Prartchett's alternative Universe for the first time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett for Prime Minister
This chap is an undoubted genius and I wish he was in politics as he sees things that need seeing too
Published 2 months ago by Merewoodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate plot
The usual joy to read with its entertaining insights into modern day society through its plot and characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by pj
5.0 out of 5 stars Well delivered
I love this story. It's one of my favourites. Close to the book; fantastic writing narrated by a supberb Tony Robinson. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KatieK
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I didn't want to read this book. I always thought that Pratchett was smug, rather than funny, after attempting to read The Colour of Magic and hating it. How wrong I was. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Pitts
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