zondag 9 augustus 2015

Terry Pratchett: Going Postal


Time for the 33rd Discworld novel. This one has 474 pages and it’s my second time reading it.
You can find my other reviews of Terry Pratchett’s novels here.

“Moist von Lipwig is a con artist...
... and a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged, or put Ankh-Morpork's ailing postal service back on its feet.
It's a tough decision.
But he's got to see that the mail gets through, come rain, hail, sleet, dogs, the Post Office Workers' Friendly and Benevolent Society, the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and a midnight killer.
Getting a date with Adora Bell Dearheart would be nice, too...”

This is a really BRILLIANT book. I loved it.

Our hero is a con artist but he’s also a good guy.
I love these kinds of characters; they still see themselves as bad guys when they are actually changing into the role they are given (in this case, the Postmaster General) and become a good person.
The novel is fast, very original, full of sharp, strong dialogues, with brilliant humor and truly fantastic characters.
It is simply amazing how Pratchett is able to recreate a real institution or company on Discworld and make it a Discworld institution. I love that. He has done that before and it’s so interesting, so fitting in the story and so enticing. It is marvelous!
Pratchett is either a genius (which I’m sure he is) or he spends half the time researching every little detail to make such brilliant satires. Or both. Could be both.

As in so many other novels; Going Postal has an underlying message. Again, the issue of racism is brought forward. Secondly, it makes us think about the evolution of technology and the way business is done. About monopolies, big business, small businesses, working men and Right and Wrong.

This is a perfect novel to start with and I loved it. It was the second time I read it and I thought it even better then the first time.

"A man is not dead while his name is still spoken." GNU Terry Pratchett.

I hope you liked this review!