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

by Terry Pratchett

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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
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Tags:novels, fantasy, comic fantasy, humour, British humour, sharp dialogue, male authors, 20th century books, Discworld, POC characters, war, 2012 reading, Discworld: City Watch

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Whenever something extraordinary happens in Ankh-Morpork, Commander Sam Vimes wishes he can just have similar street crime and not deal with politics like he does in Jingo. The fourth Watch entry of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series takes the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork to foreign parts, namely Klatch, in the pursuit of the criminal mastermind that sent two powers to war.

The ancient sunken city of Leshp rises to the surface directly in-between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch, the two ancient rivals claim the island and war fever starts spreading in both countries. To Sam Vimes and the City Watch this just makes their job harder in the multicultural city that they patrol that only gets worse when a Klatch prince comes to town to receive an honorary degree from the Unseen University and is wounded in an assassination attempt. As Vimes and Watch work on finding the perpetrators, the politics of the situation slide into the war which sends all of their suspects to Klatch in some way. And then the story really gets going, especially when Lord Vetinari takes a trip with Colon and Nobbs.

Like the other Watch books, Pratchett has fun with the idea of law-and-order and with the coppers catching the bad guy. The unusual personalities that make up the Watch continue to develop, even when some of them really don’t want to, and along the way the reader gets to have a lot of laughs at their expense. Jingo is another great book in the Discworld series and continues the great arc of the Watch subseries. ( )
  mattries37315 | May 7, 2016 |
This is a gentle Disceorld novel. It involves the Watch characters with which we are familiar from previous stories: Vimes, Carrot, Angua, Colon, Nobby Nobbs, Detritus, with a new island creating war-fever amongst the nobility and masses of Ankh Morpork.
Providing a clear anti-war message against jingo-ism and the folly of war by use of Pratchett's trademark humour, gently or not so gently poking fun at military madness.
Ventinari and Leonard of Quirm also feature to memorable effect.
The best of the Watch stories is yet to come, but this is a good one. ( )
  CarltonC | Mar 6, 2016 |
This is the one where Terry Pratchett talks about nationalism, how one shouldn't be prejudiced against people from the Middle East or South Asia (I mean Klatchians), and generally about how jingoistic attitudes are ignorant.

Like in most of Pratchett's Discworld books, there are some very funny bits, and a lot of medium-funny bits. The humor is not very subtle.

A new land rises from the sea - and two fishing boats simultaneously lay claim to the new land on behalf of their land - one from Ankh-Morpork, and one from Al-Khali. Soon, the conflict leads to rising ethnic tensions, and war threatens.

Favorite recurring characters prominently featured in this installment of the chronicles of Discworld include police Commander Vimes, the troll Detritus, Captain Carrot and Lord Vetinari. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
This book gets better the more I listen to it. It also contains one of the funniest lines I've seen in a long time, about Nobby's uncle who was press-ganged. Jingo satirizes war and racial prejudices. Colon's lectures to Nobby should be required reading.
I go. I come back again.
Still great.
  marfita | Jan 8, 2016 |
Not my favourite but Pratchett at his worst is still good fun. ( )
  CatherineJay | Dec 30, 2015 |
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"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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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.

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