Going Postal: A Discworld Novel Mass Market Paperback – 26 Sep 2005
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"'A satirist of enormous talent' THE TIMES."
"'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)
"'With all the puns, strange names and quick-fire jokes about captive letters demanding to be delivered, it's easy to miss how cross with injustice Pratchett can be. This darkness and concrete morality sets his work apart from imitators of his English Absurd school of comic fantasy'" (Guardian)
"Going Postal again does justice to the author's peculiar vision. The weirdness of Discworld is appropiately captured in a tale of love and redemption which blends satire, humour and drama" (The Daily Telegraph)
Terry Pratchett puts his stamp on the new Discworld novel.See all Product description
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This little paragraph near the end is *so* relevant to our Real World today:
"They saved the city with old more easily, at that point, than any hero could have managed with steel. But in truth it had not exactly been gold, or even the promise of gold, but more like the fantasy of gold, the fairy dream that the gold is there, at the end of the rainbow, and will continue to be there for ever provided, naturally, that you don’t go and look.
This is known as Finance."
Moist makes philately a city wide cool hobby (amongst ex pin collectors at least).
A competition between the privatised run for no good clacks & the rejuvenated postal service (under the patricians scheming with purpose orders).
Miss this one at your peril.
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.