Jingo (Terry Pratchett)

Jingo is the fourth of the Discworld novels about the City Watch by Terry Pratchett [reviews of the others here].

An island suddenly appears right between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch and triggers territorial disputes. When an attack on the Klatchian Prince happens in Ankh-Morpork, people prepare for war. Sam Vimes gets somehow stuck in the middle of all this and then has to go to Klatch himself because Angua has been kidnapped.

I just wrote that I didn’t love Jingo as much as the other novels about the Watch. Then I though about everything I did like about it and I immediately got a bad conscience and had to delete what I had written. Maybe I didn’t like the overall story, but there was enough awesome in here to fill several books.



I loved the focus on the Patrician. One can never have enough of the Patrician. Especially in combination with Leonard of Quirm. I loved the whole thing with the Dis-Organiser. It made me laugh (“the trousers of time” *rofl*), but it also made me shudder (“To Do Today: Die”). I loved it everytime Pratchett speaks about the war machinery, the processes behind it. And I loved how Nobby discovers his more feminine side.

But I didn’t really care about the whole story line with 71-hour Ahmed and that took up a lot of time.

Well, other than that I don’t think I can say much more about the book that I haven’t said before about the other books, so I won’t. [You know that Pratchett is really hard to review?]

Let’s finish this again with some quotes:

‘Why are our people going out there?’ said Mr Boggis of the Thieves’ Guild.
‘Because they are showing a brisk pioneering spirit and seeking wealth and… additional wealth in a new land,’ said Lord Vetinari.
‘What’s in it for the Klatchians?’ said Lord Downey.
‘Oh, they’ve gone out there because they are a bunch of unprincipled opportunists always ready to grab something for nothing,’ said Lord Vetinari. […] The Patrician looked down again at his notes. ‘Oh, I do beg your pardon,’ he said. ‘I seem to have read those last two sentences in the wrong order.

“Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.”

4 thoughts on “Jingo (Terry Pratchett)

  1. I love this book! (No surprise there)

    I love the plot (all of it, even 71-hour Ahmed), the characters…and I love that the book gets better the deeper you dig into it, because of the details. Did you know that there was actually a Captain called Jenkins? He claimed that a Spanish raiding party looking for smuggled goods (with good reason) had chopped his ear off. So he went home with his ear in a jar and demanded a war (and got it, too, which is the really scary bit).

    [Here endeth the history lecture…sorry.]

    Anyway…I like muchly.

    • I think I’ve heard that story before. Maybe you told me already. :)

      I think it’s true for pretty much all the Pratchett books – they are really good candidates for re-reading because you keep discovering stuff. [Well, not that I actually know that since I never re-read any of them, but that’s how I imagine it.]

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