A review by erebus53
Jingo by Terry Pratchett

adventurous funny hopeful lighthearted mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


My biggest issue that I had with this title is the Pratchett habit of mashing together cultures into silly stereotypes. In this story we have a war starting between AnkhMorepork and .. the dirty foreigners (quite a few of whom are already naturalised AnkhMoreporkeans... but Sir Terry decides to mash together a pile of North African, Middle Eastern and South Asian people into a glot of camel-riding, towel-headed, curry-munchers.. which is frankly vile...

But that is much of the point. I think Pratchett is going for the "foreigners" are just people message by schmoozing comfortably up to Racist folk using their own foul rhetoric and then gently jabbing them with the sharp end of a sausage on a stick until they stop it. I'm not sure it's the method I would use, but I hope it did some good at the time? Certainly he levels more barbs at the ridiculous ideas of the bigots and aristocrats than he does at the ways of the people who live in the desert.

...meanwhile Lord Vetinari is doing some seriously Diplomatic Politics, and approaching things in very curly ways.

It's a satisfying read so long as I can hold my nose long enough for the stink of the approximation of "foreigners" goes away.. I know it's a PARODY.. it's SATIRE.. .. I'm just also a stickler.

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