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Jingo: (Discworld Novel 21) (Discworld series) by [Pratchett, Terry]
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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


"'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)

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2053 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (1 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552154164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552154161
  • ASIN: B003RRY5VI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By Lonya TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2005
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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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I wouldn't recommend this as a first read to anyone new to Pratchett, as it involves a cast of characters from previous novels. It reads a bit like an exercise in novel writing, in that every character has a set way of behaving, a set way of speaking, and a set way of interacting with others. Each of them has his or her own table of jokes to draw upon (and for some reason there's no new material this time round). Could easily have been written by a computer programmed with all the data from earlier Pratchett novels. The only new feature is Pratchett's examination of humanity's need to find a reason to make war, when none exists. He also illustrates our intollerence of "Johnny Foreigner", and because he's doing it under the umbralla of humour, no one can suggest there's anything -ist or -ismist going on here. Talking of humour, he seems to have hung up his hat on this one and relies mostly on readers rembering how funny various characters were in previous novels. It's very dry and even dull in places and doesn't read as smoothly and fluently as previous offerings. There's a lot of padding in this one, more than usual -- passages seem to have been inserted at random, just to bulk up the page numbers. Definitely a retread of previous ideas.
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As ever the amazing Terry Pratchet gives a hilarious but cutting insight into the situations affecting our own world , many of which are relevant today.

The leaders of Klatch and Ankh-Morpork are surprised when a new island surfaces in the sea halfway between them. It is useless except for being strategically positioned and for being an issue to raise Illfeeling, racial intolerance and a reason for politicians to have a jolly good war..... Which was their plan anyway!

It's down to Commander Vimes and the brave men of the watch to figure out the underlying situation, try to prevent lynch mobs attacking " foreign citizens " of AM and working out how far he can go to wage "war on war".

I love the Discworld books and particularly how Sir Terry uses it to reflect back on the humanity and moral compass of this world. The war with Klatch which could be seen as an "Arabic" type nation has so many facets directly appropriate to this day and age and yet he manages to show how ridiculous some things are with genuine laugh out loud moments.
Corporal Nobs doing the dance of the seven veils....now there's an image......
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