It’s Week Three of the Going Postal Group Read! We’re past the halfway point now. Here’s the discussion for the next quarter of the book:
1) So far we’ve talked about characters and settings. What are your thoughts on either the plot or the romance? Anything surprising, or anything you particularly enjoy?
I do enjoy the mere fact that Pratchett has a plot. Some comedy writers rely only on the humpr and have novels that are basically just strings of jokes. I like that Going Postal has a compelling plot driving it forward, centered on the restoration of the Post Office, the conspiracy and business competition of the Clacks, and of course Moist’s character development. The romance is an interesting aspect of that. He’s lived his whole life showing people only the outside. I love that when he starts to fall for a girl, it’s because of what’s behind her outside, stern exterior. “Outside exterior” is redundant, but I trust you know what I mean!
2) Pratchett has used a number of ideas throughout the book as satirical commentary on our society—golem rights, pin collecting, collective responsibility, business corruption… What have you found the most interesting?
The Golem rights and the business corruption are probably the most obvious satires. I was most intrigued, however, by Stanley and the pin collectors. On the face of it, collecting pins is ridiculous, with all his fascination in precisely how they’re made and what year they’re from and so on. But on the other hand, how many collectable items have value beyond what we put into them? With all due respect to cute china figurines, for example, they don’t have any actual use. And even things that may be useful in some capacity end up endowed with far more value because collectors decided they’re valuable. On the other hand, is that genuine value? I think to a certain extent it is–and at other times, as with Stanley’s pins, it can be taken to an extent that’s ridiculous!
3) And of course, share your favorite quotes and moments from this section of Going Postal!
The headlines screamed at [Moist] as soon as he saw the paper. He almost screamed back.
This section featured Mr. Groat’s trip to the hospital, leading to some very funny remarks from the examining doctor.
“His trousers were the subject of a controlled detonation after one of his socks exploded. We’re not sure why.”
“Oh, and do take his wig, will you? We tried putting it in a cupboard, but it got out.”
As usual, leave links to reviews in the comments!