This thread is for discussing Going Postal
in some depth. If you haven’t read the book then read on at your own risk – or, better still, go and read the book and join in the fun.
For those of us that are going to join in the discussion, here are a few guidelines:
Please feel free to make comparisons to other Discworld books, making sure you identify the book and the passage you are referring to. Others may not be as familiar with the book you are referencing, so think before you post.
Sometimes we’ll need to agree to disagree – only Terry knows for sure what he was thinking when he wrote the books and individuals members may have widely different interpretations – so try to keep the discussion friendly.
We may be discussing a book that you don’t much care for – don’t be put off joining in the discussion. If you didn’t care for the book, then that in itself is a good topic for discussion.
Please note: there is no time limit to this discussion. Please feel free to add to it at any time - especially if you've just read the book.
Please endeavour to keep the discussion on topic. If necessary I will step in and steer it back to the original topic – so no digressions please!
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Originally published 2004
Albert Spangler is dead, but Moist von Lipwig is very much alive and has just met an ‘angel’. All he has to do is get the Post Office running again. Of course he’s free to walk away at any time through that door in the corner.
Set a thief to uncover a nest of thieves led by a pirate. Is Moist up to the task and can he impress Adora Belle Dearheart at the same time?
This is one of those books that seem to get better with each reading as is often the case with Terry’s books. Terry introduces us to a whole new bunch of characters and gives us even more detail of a favourite character, Ankh-Morpork itself.
There are some great ideas in here and some real parodies of events in our own world. But it’s a good book about a man who discovers who he really is and what he can achieve when he tries to do good.
But what did you think of it?
“Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.” – Blaise Pascal