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Terry Pratchett
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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,529 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 the Hardcover edition.


"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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10 of 10 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
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing... 22 Dec 1999
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jingo review. 1 April 2006
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars one of his best 24 July 2003
This is one of my favorite Pratchett books! If you've never read Terry Pratchett before: Welcome to a thinly veiled version of London in which social classes and races are represented by various fanatic creatures: gargoyles, humans, trolls, dwarves, etc.-all trying to live together and get along. Uberwald is Germany. Klatch is something like the near east. You'll recognize other places. Disc World is basically earth with London at the center and a few weird twists.
For those who are familier with Pratchett: This is one of the books featuring the Night Watch, but it's a somewhat mixed media performance with a lot from the Patrician (who is my favorite) and Lenard of Querm, also a bit from the wizards. A mysteries island rises out of the sea and both Klatch and Ank-morpork claim ownership. Some people in each country are willing to go to war over the island...but do they have ulterior motives?
In the confusion of a visit from the Klachian prince, Angua is kidnapped (want to know how to kidnap a werewolf? Read the book!) and the whole Watch sets off after her to Klatch, where they unravel a cunning conspiracy. The book has plenty of depth, makes a number of valid points about war, politics, racial prejudice (both prejudice against a minority race AND prejudice in favor of a minority race), and is just superior all-round storytelling. This is one of the few Pratchett's I've read twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book, would recommend to anyone.
Published 19 days ago by rebecca.l.greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Mr Pratchett's best loved novels
If only all wars could be resolved like this! The image of Carrot with his football in the desert is inspired
Published 19 days ago by Donus
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite of Pratchett's books
Not my favorite of Pratchett's books. But the fact that it's still a highly entertaining book tells you something about the high level his books are on the whole. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like the 'Watch' books best
I think this is the third time I have read this book. I like the 'Watch' books best, so every couple of years or so I treat myself to re-reading all of them in order. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Rea
5.0 out of 5 stars by Jingo a storm in a submarine !
Another refreshingly honest observational humorous Pratchett classic. Appealing to all age groups of any sense of humour. Damn good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jingo
Prattchett does it again. Just when you think it's safe to go back in the water an Island pops up. But who does it belong to read the funny things that happen on the way to war. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett Fan
I really enjoyed this book, not as much on the first reading but better on the second and subsequent. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb vintage Pratchett
Superb vintage Pratchett before the onset of Alzheimer's but I'm a big fan of Terry so my opinion may be a little biased
Published 4 months ago by I. Lyne
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 4 months 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 4 months ago by R. Lees
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