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!