Going Postal

After years of owning this, I finally get to read it. This book was given to me by my boyfriend years ago (3 years ago to be exact) and I never really started reading it because I didn’t like Terry Pratchett’s writing style (at that time) and I didn’t understand Discworld. But after reading this particular one, I wanted to scour the bookstores to read more of his works, especially Discworld.

British fantasist Pratchett’s latest special-delivery delight, set in his wonderfully crazed city of Ankh-Morpork, hilariously reflects the plight of post offices the world over as they struggle to compete in an era when e-mail has stolen much of the glamour from the postal trade. Soon after Moist von Lipwig (aka Alfred Spangler), Pratchett’s not-quite-hapless, accidental hero, barely avoids hanging, Lord Havelock Vetinari, the despotic but pretty cool ruler of Ankh-Morpork, makes him a job offer he can’t refuse—postmaster general of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office. The post office hasn’t been open for 20 years since the advent of the Internet-like clacks communication system. Moist’s first impulse is to try to escape, but Mr. Pump, his golem parole officer, quickly catches him. Moist must then deal with the musty mounds of undelivered mail that fill every room of the decaying Post Office building maintained by ancient and smelly Junior Postman Groat and his callow assistant, Apprentice Postman Stanley. The place is also haunted by dead postmen and guarded by Mr. Tiddles, a crafty cat. Readers will cheer Moist on as he eventually finds himself in a race with the dysfunctional clacks system to see whose message can be delivered first. Thanks to the timely subject matter and Pratchett’s effervescent wit, this 29th Discworld novel (after 2003’s Monstrous Regiment ) may capture more of the American audience he deserves. Agent, Ralph M. Vicinanza. (On sale Sept. 28) -Publisher’s Weekly

My review would be different from all the other reviews I have read so far. Not because I didn’t understand the author’s writing style but because this is what I have learned from what I have read.

I particularly loved this book because it somehow tells me that people can always turn their lives around. If you will be given a purpose and direction, you can definitely be steered into the right path. True, the protagonist was a criminal who was given a position in the government and his ulterior motives were always for his personal benefit BUT that’s where I found the irony of it all. Aren’t we all guilty of being self-absorbed sometimes and fail to see the bigger picture? This book clearly reminded me that not all heroes wear capes – some are tyrants who only want the best for their city/country while some are criminals with a very disturbing past. But whatever or whoever they were, what really matters is how much goodness you can offer.

The other reason why I loved this book is because of its humor. I will be honest, though, some of the humorous things in the book I didn’t understand while I was reading it, lol. It was only after reading a few reviews online did I see the irony or the humor in it. 😐 One of the most humorous things I found in the book is the idea that all the owners of the big corporations are criminals, doesn’t it sound funny? Funny because it’s true.

I highly recommend you to read this book as a start if you want to read more of Terry Pratchett’s works. It’s a quick and easy read that gives us a glimpse of his writing style and techniques.

You’re not actually sure, are you! All of you! You’re thinking, hmm, maybe this time it will work, right? You’re holding your breath! I can tell! Hope is a terrible thing, gentlemen!



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