This thread is for discussing Jingo 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!
Jingo by Terry Pratchett
Originally published 1997
When an ancient island rises in the Circle Sea at mid distance to Ankh-Morpork and Klatch, both nations claim it for themselves. Add to this the assassination of a visiting Klatchian prince to A-M and you have the sparks of war being fanned to an inferno. Commander Vimes enlists the Watch to carry out a ‘Police Action’ on the Klatchian mainland.
I want to thank CrysaniaMajere for doing the Introduction to this month’s book.
CrysaniaMajere wrote:It's not easy to say in just a few words if I liked Jingo. Yes, and no.
Yes because of all its contests anti-war, anti-racism, anti-all-prejudices in general, and because politics has a very small role in it, I'd say almost insignificant, but we get to see Vetinari a lot anyway, and that's very significant to me.
No, because it is too true: it shows that too often people are either ignorant or stupid belligerent hypocrites, and that even good people are.
And it really annoys me that Carrot goes ordering Vetinari around, doesn't matter if he agrees with him, it's wrong! If he wants things done his way he should put a crown on his head and drag the city in the mud, 'cause that's what he'd do, he's no Vetinari. Ok, maybe that's excessive, but not too much.
Now you go on. There's a lot to say about Jingo.
Want to write the introduction for the next discussion (The Last Hero)? PM me and let me know if you’d like to – first come first served.