Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Jingo (Discworld, Book 21) by Terry…

Jingo (Discworld, Book 21) (original 1997; edition 1998)

by Terry Pratchett

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
6,68464560 (3.97)137
Title:Jingo (Discworld, Book 21)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi Books (1998), Edition: First edition & printing in this form, Paperback, 413 pages
Collections:Your library, Novels
Tags:novels, fantasy, comic fantasy, humour, British humour, sharp dialogue, male authors, 20th century books, Discworld, POC characters, war, 2012 reading

Work details

Jingo by Terry Pratchett (1997)



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 137 mentions

English (62)  Polish (1)  Spanish (1)  All languages (64)
Showing 1-5 of 62 (next | show all)
A bit of Lawrence of Arabia as the Watch tries to keep Ankh-Morpork from going to war with the Klatchians. The Patrician comes out from behind the scenes so to speak, becoming more intimate with Sgt. Colon and Nobby than he ever imagined possible. Nice sentiments about war, rumours of war and wars beginnings and endings. ( )
  MrsLee | Sep 18, 2015 |
Not an exceptional Discworld novel. Meaning that it's merely excellent. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Aug 7, 2015 |
Jingo is the twenty-first book in the Discworld series and is best read as part of the City Watch “arc”, which starts with Guards! Guards!.

In the Circle Sea between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch, a new island appears. Suddenly, the two nations are at each other’s throats over who will own the island (which has no fresh water and is covered in salt…).

“It is always useful to face an enemy who is prepared to die for his country,” he read. “This means that both you and he have exactly the same aim in mind.”

This being a Watch book, there’s also a crime to solve. On that front, I don’t think the book works so well as a mystery. There’s just not much focus on it, and it doesn’t provide much of the drive to the book.

On the other hand… Jingo may be suggesting that the real crime is war.

“Sometimes I dream that we could deal with the big crimes, that we could make a law for countries and not just for people,”

As always, I love the characters. Pratchett has such a gift for creating good characters. Vimes remains my favorite protagonist, and I love the supporting cast of Vetinari, Angua, Carrot, Cheerie and the rest.

He also starts using the Nobby/Colon dynamic to approach topics here, and I think it’s hilarious and works well (their conversation about how to identify art in Thud remains one of my favorite Discworld moments).

Jingo is a book about nationalism, racism, and war. It veers towards black humor at times, but always keeps the heart and humanity that I love Discworld novels for.

“It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.”

I would recommend Jingo for people who’ve read the previous Watch books.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Jun 12, 2015 |
I get enough nonsense about war in real life, thank you. I'd kinda like to keep reading because I like Vimes, Carrot, and Angua, but I just couldn't focus on this and gave up after about p. 90.
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
An island appears in the sea between Ankh-Morkpork and Klatch and Vimes is trusted by the patrician with helping to fix things. Terry Pratchett pokes a lot of fun at nationalism, jingoism and military assumptions. It's clever and all the things you would expect from Pratchett. Vimes and Carrot are entertaining and things just fall into place to create a very satisfying conclusion. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Apr 10, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 62 (next | show all)
"Jingo" is obviously an anti-war novel, a critique of the way people and nations get caught up in xenophobia, misplaced ethnic pride and collective hysteria. But it never forgets to be very, very funny.
added by Shortride | editThe Washington Post, Michael Dirda (pay site) (Jul 27, 1998)

» Add other authors (15 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ittekot, VenugopalanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabanosh, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To all the fighters for peace
First words
It was a moonless night, which was good for the purposes of Solid Jackson.
But...history was full of the bones of good men who'd followed bad orders in the hope that they could soften the blow. Oh yes, there were worse things they could do, but most of them began right when they started following bad orders.
"Taxation, gentlemen, is very much like dairy farming. The task is to extract the maximum amount of milk with the minimum of moo. And I am afraid to say that these days all I get is moo."
It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.

This audio book has been produced under the auspices of the Ulverscroft Foundation, a registered UK charity which helps visually impaired people.

For more information, or if you wish to make a donation or a legacy, please contact: Ulverscroft Foundation, The Green, Bradgate Road, Anstey, Leicestershire LE7 7FU Tel: 0116 236 1595 email: foundation@ulverscroft.co.uk Website: www.foundation.ulverscroft.com
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (3)

Book description
Discworld goes to war, with armies of sardines, warriors, fishermen, squid and at least one very camp follower.

As two armies march, Commander Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch faces unpleasant foes who are out to get him…and that’s just the people on his side. The enemy might be even worse.

Jingo, the 21st in Terry Pratchett’s phenomenally successful Discworld series, makes the World Cup look like a friendly five-a-side.
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061059064, Mass Market Paperback)

Terry Pratchett is a phenomenon unto himself. Never read a Discworld book? The closest comparison might be Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with its uniquely British sense of the absurd, and side-splitting, smart humor. Jingo is the 20th of Pratchett's Discworld novels, and the fourth to feature the City Guard of Ankh-Morpork. As Jingo begins, an island suddenly rises between Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali, capital of Klatch. Both cities claim it. Lord Vetinari, the Patrician, has failed to convince the Ruling Council that force is a bad idea, despite reminding them that they have no army, and "I believe one of those is generally considered vital to the successful prosecution of a war." Samuel Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, has to find out who shot the Klatchian envoy, Prince Khufurah, and set fire to their embassy, before war breaks out.

Pratchett's characters are both sympathetic and outrageously entertaining, from Captain Carrot, who always finds the best in people and puts it to work playing football, to Sergeant Colon and his sidekick, Corporal Nobbs, who have "an ability to get out of their depth on a wet pavement." Then there is the mysterious D'reg, 71-hour Ahmed. What is his part in all this, and why 71 hours? Anyone who doesn't mind laughing themselves silly at the idiocy of people in general and governments in particular will enjoy Jingo. --Nona Vero

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:01:43 -0400)

(see all 8 descriptions)

Samuel Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, heads off war when Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali, the capital of Klatch, both lay claim to an island that has suddenly risen between them.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 6 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
24 avail.
109 wanted
6 pay9 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.97)
0.5 1
1 4
1.5 3
2 39
2.5 26
3 310
3.5 87
4 557
4.5 63
5 411


5 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 100,859,317 books! | Top bar: Always visible