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Terry Pratchett
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Book Description

1 Feb 2006 Discworld Novels (Book 21)

'Neighbours... hah. People'd live for ages side by side, nodding at one another amicably on their way to work, and then some trivial thing would happen and someone would be having a garden fork removed from their ear.'

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 nowhere. It is after all every citizen's right to bear arms to defend what they consider to be their own. Even if it isn't. And in such pressing circumstances, you really shouldn't let small details like the absence of an army or indeed the money to finance one get in the way of a righteous fight with all the attendant benefits of out-and-out nationalism...


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552154164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552154161
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,739 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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Jingo is the 20th of Pratchett's Discworld novels, and the fourth to feature the City Guard of Ankh-Morpork. As Jingo begins, an island suddenly rises between Ankh- Morpork and Al-Khali, capital of Klatch. Both cities claim it. Lord Vetinari, the Patrician, has failed to convince the Ruling Council that force is a bad idea, despite reminding them that they have no army--"I believe one of those is generally considered vital to the successful prosecution of a war." Samuel Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, has to find out who shot the Klatchian envoy, Prince Khufurah, and set fire to their embassy, before war breaks out.

Pratchett's characters are both sympathetic and outrageously entertaining, from Captain Carrot, who always finds the best in people and puts it to work playing football, to Sergeant Colon and his sidekick, Corporal Nobbs, who have "an ability to get out of their depth on a wet pavement". Then there is the mysterious D'reg, 71-hour Ahmed. What is his part in all this, and why 71 hours? Anyone who doesn't mind laughing themselves silly at the idiocy of people in general and governments in particular will enjoy Jingo. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Both his inventiveness and his moral shrewdness seem inexhaustible" (Daily Mail)

"Pratchett's writing is a constant delight. No one mixes the fantastical and the mundane to better comic effect or offers sharper insights into the absurdities of human endeavour" (Daily Mail)

"Generous, amusing and the ideal boarding point for those who have never visited Discworld" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Vintage Pratchett... Perennially funny... A sharp satire on the futility of war" (Metro)

"One of those rare writers who appeals to everyone... He satisfies the need for fast-moving breathtaking plots with entirely satisfying endings, and the equally primitive desire for an alternative world, full of thrills but benign, into which one can step for pleasure and enlivenment" (Daily Express)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We have met the enemy and he is us 29 Nov 2005
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
So said a character in a U.S. comic-strip about 50 years or so ago. And so says Terry Pratchett in his typically funny, absurd and thoughtful "JINGO" as he takes on the absurdity of war and those who have led us into war since time began.
Jingo features Commander Vimes and the men, women, dwarves, trolls and undead members of the Watch. Jingo opens with Ankh-Morpork on the brink of war. The small island of Leshp has risen miraculously from the Circle Sea. Although small and of little value to anyone the good citizens of Ankh-Morpork and their historical protagonists the Klatchcians each claim title to the land. Each claim ownership based on ancient claims of dubious origin. Sound familiar?
In very short order a Klatchian diplomatic mission arrives in Ankh-Morpork. However it it is clear that powerful forces of both nations are striving for the most efficient way to let loose the dogs of war. An assassination attempt is made, one in which Pratchett finds a way to evoke the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. The too simple solution, the "one arrow" theory is quickly lost in a swirl of conspiracy theories. The drums of war beat faster and a war council, led by a cast of characters each of whom could be played by Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, assume control of war planning. In short order Commander Vimes find himsaelf and his men immersed in an invasion while at the same time the Patrician, Lord Vetinari seems bent on following his own secret course of action.
Of course a mere description of the plot of a Discworld book can never quite do it justice. It is impossible in a short review to reference the many asides, jokes, cynical observations and allusions to our own experience here.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing... 22 Dec 1999
Format:Paperback
I always wonder how Pratchett manages to become better with every bhook he writes. jingo is really one of the best novels i've ever read. Forget everything you know about Pratchett, forget the craziness of the first Discworld books, forget the fun, forget Discworld, cause this is serious stuff. Of course Pratchett is still funny, but that has become background. I wouldn't read Jingo because it's funny. Jingo (like Pratchett's other more mature novels) isn't only funny, but also much richer than the previous novels. The characters are now well-known and more developped, yet retaining the basic characteristics that define them. Vetinari, more obscure than ever, acts for the first time openly, instead of intriguing. Leonard da Quirm is the pèerfect counterbalance to Vetinari. The plot is a mix of crime novel (as all the Guard books, but this time even more misterious) and political satire. The island of Leshp actually refers to a small island that rose from the seas a few years ago in the Aegean sea, exactly between Greece and Turkey, and nearly drove those two countrys to war. Other examples are some small islands that China claims from Taiwan, or the Spratley islands in the South Chinese Sea, claimed by 7 countries or so. Pratchett never invents anything. He always takes from real life, mixes it up with Discworld logic, wraps it up in a clever story with characters more human than even humans (humans would never admit that they act like Discworld characters, but in fact they are even worse), puts a bit of philosophy into it, and voila your next masterpiece of the year. The book is so rich that everytime you read it, you find new elements in it. Pratchett is really the greatest english author since Shakespeare (really!).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jingo review. 1 April 2006
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Format:Hardcover
Jingo is a political thriller.In Jingo a new continent has risen from the ocean mid-way between Ankh-Morpokian and Klatchian waters and now Sam Vimes as well as the assorted species of the night watch including new constables Shoe and Swires have to stop a crime so big that there are no laws against it:war.If you like reading sci-fi,fantasy then read Jingo by terry pratchett.If you enjoy this book then read books 8,15,19,24,27 and 32.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We have met the enemy and he is us 5 Dec 2005
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
So says Terry Pratchett in his typically funny, absurd and thoughtful "JINGO" as he takes on the absurdity of war and those who have led us into war since time began.
Jingo features Commander Vimes and the men, women, dwarves, trolls and undead members of the Watch. Jingo opens with Ankh-Morpork on the brink of war. The small island of Leshp has risen miraculously from the Circle Sea. Although small and of little value to anyone the good citizens of Ankh-Morpork and their historical protagonists the Klatchcians each claim title to the land. Each claim ownership based on ancient claims of dubious origin. Sound familiar?
In very short order a Klatchian diplomatic mission arrives in Ankh-Morpork. However it it is clear that powerful forces of both nations are striving for the most efficient way to let loose the dogs of war. An assassination attempt is made, one in which Pratchett finds a way to evoke the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. The too simple solution, the "one arrow" theory is quickly lost in a swirl of conspiracy theories. The drums of war beat faster and a war council, led by a cast of characters each of whom could be played by Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, assume control of war planning. In short order Commander Vimes find himsaelf and his men immersed in an invasion while at the same time the Patrician, Lord Vetinari seems bent on following his own secret course of action.
Of course a mere description of the plot of a Discworld book can never quite do it justice. It is impossible in a short review to reference the many asides, jokes, cynical observations and allusions to our own experience here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read.
Another Discworld goodie and have no idea why this review needs so many words....so here we go to use the last.
Published 1 day ago by Iggy
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
There were no formatting issues, I really do love Terry Pratchett. This is a great book to read. I Would recommend.
Published 17 days ago by R. Lees
5.0 out of 5 stars great
A grower this one! If you love the vimes books you will enjoy. A new country has risen from the sea, and now war is brewing. Read more
Published 23 days ago by c19
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
Anything featuring Sir Samuel Vimes is always brill and Jingo is no exception! Thoroughly recommended read for any Discworld fan
Published 1 month ago by Julie A. Hogg
5.0 out of 5 stars Standard brilliant Pratchett
The more of the Discworld books I read, the more I fall in love with them. "Jingo" in particular is one that I can read time and time again and still find it funny each... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jessica Gossett
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is an excellent Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. It is witty, lively, funny but also very deep, clever and thought provoking. This is definitely a good read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Also contains much that makes you go Aaaah! Very different from Disc world novels but has the same dry humour and commitment of characters and so makes compulsive reading.
Published 4 months ago by pj
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH
yet I have no idea why....
jingo is awesome people. By jingo! Its jingo! Read it. It is the will of the great god offler. yes it is.
Published 5 months ago by Tamsin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant on the thirds read
I have read this book a number of times now and it gets better and better. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind laughing uncontrollably in and situation. Read more
Published 6 months ago by brush
5.0 out of 5 stars Jingo
I can't review this book yet as I haven't read it yet. I bought 4 books together and I read them in order
Published 6 months ago by DaveG
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