Going Postal

Going PostalThe Post Was An Old Thing, Of Course, But It Was So Old That It Had Magically Become New AgainThe Post Office Is An Ailing Institution Belonging To The Olden Days New Technology Overshadows Its Mind Numbing Bureaucracy And The Creakingly Slow Pace Of Change You Can Call Them Nostalgic, But There Are Still People Who Believe In The Post In The Beauty Of Stamps And Cast Iron Pillar Boxes, And The Dignity Of The Postman Braving Hail, Wind And Troublesome Dogs And Sometimes It S Worth Standing Up For What You Believe In I picked up this book to read on a 15 hour flight from Chicago to Vietnam, on the assumption that it would be a light, pleasant way to pass the dreary hours after one flight to China during which I watched the first X Men film three times, I decided it was best to err on the side of having too many books rather than too few My assumptions proved correct, and I enjoyed the book quite thoroughly Three things struck me 1 Pratchett s use of language is always fun, and he occasionally makes wonderful jokes that can t be read aloud with the same effect, like the store owner who turns up whose speech suffers from greengrocer s apostrophes.2 Pratchett typically writes in a third person limited point of view, but he s extremely good at getting inside the heads of his characters and changing the voice up The unfortunately named Moist has his own clear eyed perspective on the world that differs from the other denizens of Discworld.3 He manages to weave in quite a bit of history about the postal service I wouldn t have considered it to be an interesting topic for inquiry I mean, come on post offices mostly exist to aggrivate people who hate standing in queues, right but I was wrong.Best vocabulary word gleaned from the text frank , meaning to stamp something. This book was an excellent surprise I love the Discworld series but was getting tired of seeing the same characters again and again in every book But this book introduces an entirely new and refreshing cast of characters I particularly liked the main character and felt he was very well developed Pratchett s books are funny precisely because he has a very firm grasp of human nature His best work feels surprisingly profound even though you re also laughing so hard you re afraid you might break a rib In some of the later novels I was getting of a reused joke feeling, and while it was still pretty funny, all the depth was gone In this novel it s back, and I would rank Going Postal pretty high among the Discworld novels.Highly recommended, especially to Pratchett fans who think Discworld has gotten a little stale. This was really surprising, actually Perhaps it shouldn t have been, given how many people whose opinions I respect are Pratchett fans, but I haven t read a fantasy novel since giving up on Robert Jordan s painstakingly prolonged The Wheel of Time somewhere in book 5, I think long before college Actually, I suppose I read a bunch of the Harry Potters in the interim, but in some ways that felt like keeping up with pop culture than reading actual fantasy.In any event, Going Postal was purely a pleasure Compared to the grueling epics I recall from years ago, Pratchett s style was brisk and entertaining, his humor completely suffusing the tone of the book in a way that reminded me of Douglas Adams approach to science fiction But whereas Adams plotlines can be meandering and perhaps secondary to his constant seeking of the absurd, Pratchett s were elaborately coiled, well paced, and compelling, and his characters, amusing and strange as they often were, had a certain sincerity that kept me interested in their welfare Ridiculous name aside, Moist von Lipwig s reluctantly scrupulous con artist emphasis on artist , as his maneuvering definitely deserves such a word was exceedingly entertaining to follow.Pratchett s underlying thoughts and satire also seemed fairly spot on His commentary on the nature of hope suggests that he would understand why so many under privileged Americans tend to vote Republican against their best financial interests besides its application in many other areas of human nature , and the bits about personal momentum were sufficiently commanding as to grant even the reader a resounding sense of motion and possibility from time to time.I suppose Pratchett may not be to everyone s taste and I was not sure he would be to mine but he seems to be very skilled in his particular niche Yes, this was very good Mostly just at being a fun diversion, but also perhaps as well thought out and gracefully executed literature. Otras rese as de Mundodisco en mi blog Cartas en el asunto es la novela n mero 33 de la hilarante saga de Mundodisco uno pensar a que a esta altura al gran Terry Pratchett no se le podr an ocurrir m s personajes y que la calidad de la saga pod a disminuir, pero con este libro demostr que todav a le quedaban excelentes ideas para rato Esta novela da comienzo a una nueva saga que lamentablemente Terry no pudo terminar present un nuevo arco argumental iba a estar protagonizado por H medo Von Mustachen, un estafador que es ejem, amablemente persuadido por Lord Vetinari para poner su gran habilidad para el enga o y las estafas al servicio del estado, y por lo tanto iba a servir como parodia de los servicios p blicos Lamentablemente, Pratchett solo pudo escribir una novela m s protagonizada por H medo Von Mustachen antes de morir y por esta raz n todos estos nuevos personajes no son tan reconocidos como los dem s.Lo primero que me llam la atenci n de este libro es que, a diferencia de otras novelas de Mundodisco, est dividida en cap tulos Cada cap tulo tiene una especie de enumeraci n de los sucesos m s importantes que se desarrollar n m s adelante, aunque sin ning n spoiler significativo El t tulo original de esta descacharrante novela es Going Postal, una expresi n idiom tica que en ingl s significa volverse loco o perder la cabeza , lo cual resulta sumamente adecuado porque todos los personajes que se encuentra H medo Von Mustachen a lo largo del libro est n jodidamente locos Desde el se or Ardite, un veterano cartero que se mantiene aferrado a las viejas tradiciones como el ser perseguido por perros, por ejemplo Stanley, un joven cartero con una afici n poco saludable por los alfileres hasta el antagonista de esta historia Asidor D Oropel, un pirata que al igual que H medo es un maestro del enga o de hecho nadie sospecha que es un pirata a pesar de que va por ah con un loro sobre su hombro todo el tiempoH medo hab a invertido mucho esfuerzo en su profesi n y se consideraba un buen practicante de la misma, pero si hubiera llevado puesta su gorra no habr a dudado en quit rsela Se encontraba en presencia de un maestro Lo not en la mano, lo vio en aquel nico ojo lleno de autoridad De ser distintas las circunstancias, suplicar a humildemente a aquel hombre que lo aceptara como aprendiz, le fregar a los suelos y cocinar a para l solo para sentarse a los pies de la grandeza y aprender a hacer el truco de las tres cartas usando bancos enteros Si la opini n de H medo val a algo, si val a lo m s m nimo, entonces el hombre que ten a delante era el farsante m s grande que hab a conocido en su vida Y encima lo anunciaba a los cuatro vientos Aquello era estilo Los rizos de pirata, el parche del ojo y hasta el maldito loro Doce y medio por ciento, por todos los dioses, es que nadie lo hab a pillado l les estaba diciendo lo que era y ellos le re an la gracia y lo amaban por elloComo es de esperar, Pratchett no desperdicia ninguna oportunidad para burlarse de todos los clich s y prejuicios que existen en el imaginario colectivo con respecto al mundo del correo el miedo irracional de los carteros hacia los perros, la absurda funci n de los sellos postales y la burocracia de las oficinas de correos, por poner algunos ejemplos Cartas en el asunto es adem s una excelente s tira del eterno conflicto entre la tecnolog a y medios de comunicaci n m s tradicionales, lo cual se expresa a trav s del enfrentamiento entre la decadente oficina de correos de Ankh Morpork y la corporaci n de las Torres de clacs, que vienen a ser el equivalente de los correos electr nicos en Mundodisco A lo largo del libro Pratchett muestra de diversas formas las diferencias que existen entre un medio de comunicaci n m s fr o e impersonal como los clacs, en comparaci n con las cartas, revindicando las viejas costumbres Se me ocurre que ahora tenemos los clacs Los clacs replic H medo Yo le dir a que los clacs son maravillosos si se quiere conocer los valores del mercado de gambas de Genua Pero acaso puede usted escribir S.C.U.B.A en un clac Puede sellarla con un beso amoroso Puede derramar l grimas sobre un clac, puede olerlo, puede incluirle una flor prensada Una carta es m s que un simple mensaje En todo caso, los clacs son tan caros que el hombre medio de la calle solo puede permit rselos en momentos cr ticos ABUELO MUERTO FUNERAL MARTES El salario de un d a de trabajo para mandar un mensaje que es tan c lido y humano como lanzar un cuchillo Las cartas, en cambio, son reales Como siempre, estas reflexiones se esconden dentro de una aventura sumamente divertida, llena de personajes maravillosos, situaciones extremadamente absurdas y paradojas espacio temporales sin embargo, creo que es un libro recomendable para lectores que ya han experimentado por lo menos alguna otra novela de Mundodisco No considero que sea bueno comenzar la saga por este libro porque algunos personajes y tecnolog as son presentados de forma m s detallada en libros anteriores Me parece mejor leer por lo menos El Quinto Elefante o Regimiento Monstruoso antes que este libro porque en ellos se presentan las torres de clacs, que juegan un papel central en esta historia.En resumen, Cartas en el asunto es una bocanada de aire fresco para la divertid sima saga de Mundodisco A trav s de estos nuevos personajes Pratchett demuestra que todav a le quedaba mucho por contar, es una l stima que solo hayan dos novelas de H medo Von Mustachen Destaco adem s la excelente traducci n que tienen las ediciones Debols llo , en este caso el traductor se luci adaptando muchos chistes, nombres de personajes y juegos de palabras que son bastante complicados Pod s encontrar esta y otras rese as en mi blog. I haven t read a lot of Pratchett I think this is only my second one but I do enjoy reading him for the color and the metaphor The way he turns a figure of speech on the lathe will frequently leave you just sitting there in your chair with a table leg in your hand, and your wife says, Hey, what s with the table leg And I say, I m reading. Monetary RelativityNo better theory of money exists than Pratchett s money is founded on postage stamps that got out of control Understanding that fact helps to explain the world better than relativity theory. I am probably the last person on earth to read Terry Pratchett, but I m glad I finally did People have been recommending his books to me for years and although I had planned on starting with book 1, Color of Magic, the bookseller recommended I start with Going Postal instead they were also out of stock of CoM Every time I picked this book up I laughed out loud, it has a refreshing wit combined with a sharp perception of people and their funny habits I ate this book up and bought copy of Guards, Guards before I finished What s your favorite Terry Pratchett I love it when one work of art makes me think of another and my enjoyment of both is enhanced.The executive office meeting subsequent to the gallows made me think of Mel Brooks hilarious 1974 film Blazing Saddles and Harvey Korman s portrayal of Hedley LaMarr So throughout the rest of the novel I eschewed the British aristocratic drawl of Lord Vetinari and replaced with Korman s robber baron prose for full comedic effect.Granny Weatherwax is still my favorite, but Sir Terry has succeeded again in making a GREAT Discworld novel that is funny, thought provoking and entertaining all at once.While Moist von Lipwig is a worthy and fun protagonist, once again the real hero is Pratchett himself The author s pithy prose and world wise narration keeps this skipping along at a good clip and the Pratchett Smile O Meter was bouncing in a lively manner throughout.Describing a picaresque tale about erstwhile con man and ne er do well Lipwig, Pratchett shows how a second chance after the hangman s noose is a win win for all involved, especially the readers Parolee Lipwig must recreate the Ankh Morpork post office into a going concern We revisit many of our Discworld favorites, meet some new friends, and a rousing good time is had by all Besides being a great entry into the Discworld mythos, this is also just a good book Pratchett, getting better like a fine wine, spins a good yarn.One of the best Discworld books, a MUST read for fans. Still my favorite Discworld book of all time

Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i

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  • 07 December 2018
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