Going Postal Group Read, Conclusion

We’re on the last week of the Going Postal Group Read, and before I get into the discussion, I want to thank everyone who participated. It’s been so much fun to see the differing thoughts of everyone reading this very fun book. 🙂

1) At this end of the book, which characters turned out to be your favorites?

This is actually quite hard, because I’m feeling very attached to a number of characters.  Stanley definitely had his moments (and Little Moments), and I liked Mr. Pump’s steadfast work ethic and surprising insights.  I liked Ms. Dearheart better the second time through the book, I think, getting more of a sense of what’s under her stern exterior and cloud of smoke.  And Groat was really funny.  So…I liked a lot of the characters here!

2) We’ve touched on Moist’s character growth throughout the discussion.  How do you feel about him by the end of the story?  Is it significantly different than the beginning, or did anything surprise you?

I loved Moist’s character growth.  It’s like Pratchett invites us to see past his charm, and invites Moist to do the same thing.  He ends up realizing that his life hasn’t been nearly as harmless as he’d like to think, delves into all the complex aspects of human nature he’d been taking advantage of before, and comes out the other side of it all as probably a nicer person than he realizes.  And he’s still maintaining a mad tap dance to stay ahead of everything.  I enjoy how he faces challenges by plunging in and creating even bigger challenges–and then fights like mad to make it work.  He’s kind of still charming at the end, but by then I think there’s something real in it.

3) Was there anything you haven’t had the chance to discuss in response to earlier questions?  Call this a “wild card” question. 🙂

This one was really for everybody else, because…I was writing the questions, so I discussed the things I wanted to cover!

4) Share your favorite quotes and moments from the final section—or let us know your absolute favorite line.

There were some good Wizard bits in this section of the book.  For instance:

…”nothing to see” is what most of the universe consists of, and many a wizard has peacefully trimmed his beard while gazing into the dark heart of the cosmos.

“Oh, please sue the university!” Ridcully bellowed.  “We’ve got a pond full of people who tried to sue the university.”

Probably not a good idea to bring legal proceedings against wizards.  I also loved the whole epilogue, and Vetinari’s final line: “You have to admire a man who really believes in freedom of choice.  Sadly, he did not believe in angels.”

Since I couldn’t even pick a favorite character, I think I’d better not try to pick a favorite line!

14 thoughts on “Going Postal Group Read, Conclusion

    1. linquenolloke

      Wow, I somehow posted that in the middle of editing it. I meant to say: I like your description of Moist, you summarize his character growth well. : )

  1. 1. Moist and Dearheart, I guess. I love how Moist turned into a (psuedo) honest man at the end. Then decided he liked it and would give it a go… after all, he could stop whenever he wanted. That’s the excuse people give all the time for bad habits! I love that he thinks being a good man is a bad habit!

    2. I guess I went and answer this one with my last answer, whoops. But I’ll add that I like how Moist grew to care about the repercussions his actions had on others.

    3. Hmmm, I’m not sure I really understand Vetinari’s motivations. Was he just trying in a convoluted way to take over control of the Trunk? And he got Moist to do it because he figured Moist was the kind of con man who could best Gilt at his own game? That’s what I take from it.

    I don’t get the significance of Gilt sending his parrot to Moist.

    And very interesting at the end there… would Vetinari really given Gilt control of the mint? He did seem surprised that Gilt took the other option.

    4. Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. — It might be because I’ve recently watched Jesus Christ Superstar, but this reminded me of the triumphant welcome of Jesus, and then those same people turning and calling for His blood.
    Ridcully practiced the First Available Surface method of filing. — He makes this sound like a seriously legitimate algorithm.
    Loved that “nothing to see” line, too.
    Then they talked about a fiery eye in the omniscope, and this might be because I’ve just had a Lord of the Rings marathon, but that reminded me of Sauron in the seeing eye orb things.
    My favorite, I guess: It wasn’t a very loud word, but it had an effect rather like that of a drop of black ink in a glass of clear water. Holy guacamole. That’s what I mean by turn of phrase!

    1. I do love Moist’s inversion of good and bad traits…it’s like he’s embarrassed to be good!

      I think Vetinari figured Moist would ultimately take down the Trunk. Based on other books, Vetinari is always WAY ahead of everyone else, and he knows exactly how to manipulate everyone to bring things out the way he wants them. So as implausible as it might be, I’m betting he planned the whole thing from the beginning. Not so sure about the significance of the parrot.

      I like Jesus Christ Superstar too–which version did you watch? And it is a very apt comparison!

            1. I don’t know, you’ve just frequently mentioned some version I’ve never heard of, of Phantom or some other play. I’m impressed by your skill at seeking out many different versions!

  2. I finished reading Going Postal and I LOVED IT! Thanks so much for the recommendation. You’ll always be “the blogger who introduced me to Terry Pratchett” from here on out!

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