Book: Going Postal (Discworld 33, Moist von Lipwig 1) by Terry Pratchett
Release Date: September 25th 2004
Tags: Fantasy | Discworld | Postal Services | Politics | Ankh-Morpork | Thief
Trigger/Content Warnings: Hanging (not by suicide)
Other books in this series I reviewed
Death Arc| The Wee Free Men | A Hat Full of Sky | Wintersmith |I Shall Wear Midnight|The Shepherd’s Crown | The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents | Imaginarium
Moist von Lipwig is a con artist…
… and a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged, or put Ankh-Morpork’s ailing postal service back on its feet.
It’s a tough decision.
But he’s got to see that the mail gets through, come rain, hail, sleet, dogs, the Post Office Workers’ Friendly and Benevolent Society, the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and a midnight killer.
Getting a date with Adora Bell Dearheart would be nice, too…
When I first got Going Postal as I was collecting the Discworld books, I was unsure of the whole of Moist von Lipwig. Nothing about a con artist seemed like fun to me. But it was Discworld and Pratchett so I got it. It got picked as the June readalong book of Turtle Recall Reading Challenge this 2020 and I am glad it did. This book was so much fun.
Everything about it just worked for me. Moist as a character draws you. With him you just watch the train wreck that is the world of the postal services of Ankh-Morpork. Unbelievable. But it works because this is Discworld. And it is always an exaggeration of things in our world.
Mail that gets replaced by the technological advances that have been made is a big theme in this book. First its about how the postal services keep going while technological devices break down. But later on it touches on the joy of getting a personal message and the collecting of stamps.
Maybe it is because my father is a retired postal worker or that my husband is a stamp collector, but it certainly resonated with me. I like sending out mail myself, even if I still talk to you weekly on other devices.