- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Corgi (13 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552167681
- ISBN-13: 978-0552167680
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 272 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Going Postal: (Discworld Novel 33) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 13 Feb 2014
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"'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)
Terry Pratchett puts his stamp on the thirty-third Discworld novel.See all Product description
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In spite of himself, Moist becomes more and more absorbed in the task of resurrecting the Post Office and restoring it to its former glory. He has to contend with the the rich and nasty people who run the Grand Trunk Semaphor Company, and who don't want any rivals, and his life is complicated too by a growing passion for Adora Belle Dearheart, who runs the Golem Trust, and looks very good in a severely plain dress.
Moist is an interesting and ingeneous hero, and the supporting characters are good too, while the plot is very gripping, as the battle between the Post Office and the Grand Trunk intensifies, and there is dirty work afoot. We are also introduced to one of the Discworld's interesting minor deities, Anoia, the Goddess of Things that Stick in Drawers.
This book is a lot funnier and less sombre than the two preceding Discworld novels, it's a relief that the gloom has lifted and the saga is lightening up again.
The protagonist, Moist von Lipwig, would probably be enough of a character to hold the entire story together on his own, but the supporting cast are excellent in their own right, particularly Spike, Groat and Stanley.
The satire running through the story is amusing and compelling at the same time, but if I had one 'complaint' there is a whole subplot regarding 'the letters' (he says, trying to avoid spoilers) which feels a bit 'unfinished'. It comes to a head in a slightly jarring fashion and there's a slightly 'mystical' aspect of the story which is suddenly cut off. It's obvious why when you read it, but it felt like it was going somewhere and then abruptly...didn't.
Still, that is a very minor niggle compared to the rest of the book, which as I have said, I loved.
You could pick up this book and start reading without any real need to focus on previous continuity/characters, but it certainly helps to have that little extra background/depth to some cameos (Vimes, Vetinari etc.), although if you have never read the earlier books, it might be a bit strange starting here and going back.
The TV adaptation of 'Going Postal' was okay, but didn't really quite do the book justice, so if you saw/liked the TV version before picking this up, you should definitely give the book a try. I preferred the characters on paper to the ones on-screen.
If you have not read any of the series, I recommend Going Postal. If it does not grab you, then probably none of the series is going to.
It is the best of a wonderful lot, as far as I am concerned.
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