Published: 1 October 2005
Series: Discworld Book 33
Format Read: Audible accompanied by physical copy.
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…
It has been ages since I’ve seen the movie adaptation of this T.P novel. Still I have such immense respect and love for Sir Terry that it has always stayed with me. Even though the movie version did things a little different than the book, it did not take my enjoyment away from this novel. The only thing I kind of hated about this book was the name of our main guy; Moist von Lipwig… I do kinda get the pun that a man with a silver tongue for spinning golden bullshit around everyone should have moist lips, so I made peace with that early on.
Going Postal is a great book. In my eyes it can be read as a stand alone as this novel introduced new characters into an already crowded world, but that is the beauty of T.P’s writing, he could make up endless characters and still I would never get bored of meeting new people. The man had a very great talent in writing people and building a world so much like our own but with the “T.P” twist to it. I know I might be very biased when it comes to his books, but I have no shame. There are some things that he might refer to in his novels that you might not get if “you weren’t there”, but still it did not take too much out of the story for me. We get to see Ahnk Morpork’s very lovable tyrant be at his best as well as hear a little of the Watch. This story mainly focuses on Lipwigs cunning ways of trying to get the hell out of a tough situation, ending up being loved for what he sets out to do as well as turning into the village hero.
There is also a lot of mention about Brandy. For those that do not know, brandy is one of my favorite alcholic drinks, I have not had any in a few months now so this made me miss it quite a lot…
More on Going Postal I can not say without going into spoilers. The underlining message I got by reading between the lines is always to keep on keeping on or something in that line, as well as learning to fly before walking. Going Postal is a funny, heartfelt story of a man trying to escape Death while at the same time trying to stay sane in a mad mad world. Trust me, Discworld is pretty insane but its always fun to visit there. It got a 4 out of 5 on GR from me and I also read it as part of taking part in Nicole’s Discworld read along. I have not read a lot of Discworld this year, but that is oke, I am not trying to win a prize here. If you have not yet heard of the Discworld, I highly recommend trying one out some day, I picked up my first Pratchett book at the age of 16 and still do not regret it. I do regret not getting some of the references to our world, but that can easily be sorted out by google searching the “profesionals’s” opinion on his work. I am merely here just to say I had a fun time. It is also a great read for if you are in need of something for Halloween as it contains golems, vampires, a banshee, a werewolf, and a Nobs, no one knows what a Nobs is exactly, but the Watch has one working for them…
Hope you all have a great day.