Jingo is the twenty-first novel by Terry Pratchett , one of his Discworld series. It was published in The title can be related to the word jingoism , meaning an attitude of belligerent nationalism. The attempted assassination breaks off relations between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch as Prince Khufurah's brother, Prince Cadram, effectively declares war on the city of Ankh-Morpork. Vimes, refusing to follow Rust, stands down as Commander of the Watch. Vimes then recruits the Watch into his own private army regiment, reasoning that, as an official noble, he is entitled to do so by law and by Lord Rust's command, with the group remaining independent as knights legally falling under command of the king or his duly appointed representatives, neither of which exist in Ankh-Morpork.
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Jingo is the twenty-first novel by Terry Pratchett , one of his Discworld series. It was published in The title can be related to the word jingoism , meaning an attitude of belligerent nationalism.
The attempted assassination breaks off relations between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch as Prince Khufurah's brother, Prince Cadram, effectively declares war on the city of Ankh-Morpork. Vimes, refusing to follow Rust, stands down as Commander of the Watch. Vimes then recruits the Watch into his own private army regiment, reasoning that, as an official noble, he is entitled to do so by law and by Lord Rust's command, with the group remaining independent as knights legally falling under command of the king or his duly appointed representatives, neither of which exist in Ankh-Morpork.
Angua, following Hour Ahmed , is captured by the Klatchians and taken to Klatch. Carrot, rather than rush off to save her, reports back to Vimes, who gets his private army to head for Klatch. Ahmed and his band of Klatchian D'regs and Vimes army head towards Gebra, in Klatch, where the war is due to start.
The three also head to Gebra. To be ratified on Leshp in one week. Seeing he has been tricked, and with the people and generals turning against him, Prince Cadram flees, with hour Ahmed in pursuit and his brother Khufurah recovers and resumed control of Klatch. It is explained that, had Vimes reacted slightly differently in the beginning—staying in Ankh-Morpork rather than attempting to follow Ahmed and rescue Angua—the whole history of the Ankh-Morpork v.
Klatch war would have gone very differently. A similar real life incident happened in off the coast of Sicily when an underwater volcano produced the island of Ferdinandea. As in the book several nations contested for the new land and while they were arguing it eroded back into the sea by There are also parallels to the Britain vs Iceland cod wars of the s where fishing vessels from both nations sabotaged each other's nets and a collision between opposing naval vessels led to the death of an Icelandic Engineer.
Lord Vetinari's statement that "We have no ships. We have no men. We have no money, too. Vimes says to Detritus, "'His ship is the Milka , I believe.
One of Christopher Columbus' ships was named the Pinta. If they are on the other side then this is a valuable bonus. This is a jab at the "military geniuses" in all levels of military command from the Napoleonic wars up to WWI who seemed to subscribe to the theory that if they lost , men and the enemy lost ,, they were the winner. The incredible carnage of WWI was the result. Pratchett takes another shot at these geniuses later in the book when he says that the Ankh-Morpork General Tacticus the name a play on the Roman Senator and historian Tacitus was unique among generals in that he usually brought back most of his men which was one reason history did not approve of him.
The line during the battle at the end of the novel plays on similar naive and misguided notions in Roundworld during WW1: "We were going to sail into Klatch and be in Al-Khali by teatime, drinking sherbet with pliant young women in the Rhoxi. The line, "'Oh, Lord Venturi says it'll all be over by Hogswatch, sir. The line " The Formby version says ". Bless 'em all, bless 'em all!
Bless the long and the short and the tall! Bless all the sergeants and double-you o-ones, Bless all the corporals and their blinkin' sons. Fred Colon's regiment was the "'Pheasant Pluckers. Fred Colon's regiment had poached pheasants off an estate and wore the feathers in their cap.
The feather in the cap is foreshadowing of Nobby receiving a white feather as outlined below. Rory Gallagher, the Irish musician plays with this tongue twister in his song "Handyman" - " I ain't no doctor, I ain't no doctor's son, But I'll fill your prescription, Till the real doctor comes". Nobby is given a white feather by an elderly woman, a reference to the practice of shaming young men who were not in uniform as cowards in an attempt to get them to join up. This practice was common in Britain particularly during World War I although it started earlier in the 18th Century.
The practice had mixed success as often people who were serving their country in other capacities vital to the war effort were targeted as well as soldiers home on leave and those who had been injured in battle, both groups justifiably insulted by the gesture. Nobby, wisely is hoping to collect enough white feathers to make a pillow. Nobby also carries a massive book called the Book of Om for protection. This is a takeoff on the many true and apocryphal stories of soldiers being saved when a bullet pierced the Bible they carried in a breast pocket.
Nobby calculates that the thickness and size of the book will save him from any arrow which will only penetrate as far as the Apocrypha.
This theme has been used seriously and parodied throughout popular literature and film - Rowen Atkinson in Blackadder III uses this theme at the end.
Near the end of the novel, Vimes reflects on the three old men on the bench talking about not looking down when you put your foot in something horrible.
This is a reference to the trenches of WWI when bodies, limbs and everything else just vanished into the mud. Similarly, near the end of the novel, Carrot organizes a football match between the Klatchian and Ankh-Morpork troops similar to the Christmas Day truce and football match between the Germans and British troops in in No man's land. Lord Downy says, "'Unfortunately, the right words are more readily listened to if you also have a sharp stick. The term has a macabre origin in the British navy in when tinned mutton rations were introduced.
The sailors, who were not impressed called them Fanny Adams after a little girl who had been murdered and dismembered a couple of years earlier - the suggestion being that they were her remains.
The term eventually broadened to mean any useless or worthless thing. Pratchett often uses "mock Latin" in his novels. When Vimes is reading the works of Tacticus he observes that Tacticus' famous statement Veni, Vidi, Vici really from Julius Caesar probably came about because he was looking through the "Vs" until he found three short applicable words - rejecting Veni, vermini, vomui I came I got ratted, I threw up and Visi, veneri, Vamoosi I visited, I got an embarrassing disease, I ran away before settling on the famous phrase.
The slogan is in a parody of a Yorkshire accent, presumably for similar reasons. Crufts are something that is left over and unnecessary particularly coding in computer software and Dwarf bread is always baked rock hard so Ironcrufts is an appropriate name for the makers of this bread. It also has connotations to "Crufts" the famous international dog show which was named after Charles Crufts, the general manager of a dog biscuit company, as well as the obvious bread "crusts" - the edge of the bread.
Pratchett says, "There was a tradition of soap-box speaking in Sator Square. Satyrs are also lustful drunken Greek woodland gods - appropriate given the type of person a place like Sator Square seems to attract both as speakers and audience. The Patrician mentions that Ankh-Morpork hasn't had a war ship for four hundred years since the sinking of the Mary-Jane, a reference to the English carrack style naval vessel the Mary Rose part of Henry VIII's fleet and also a reference to a slang term for marijuana.
Carrot says that Corporal Angua is going to teach them the campfire howl - appropriate given that it s a Wolf Cub pack and she is a were-wolf. There are several disparaging references to Klatchian inventions such as "'They invented all the words starting with al '" which in Arabic is the definite article and is joined to the word that it defines.
They also say that the "Klatchians invented nothing. There is a reference to the surgeons of Ankh-Morpork being able to give a decent shave as well - a reference to the early days of surgery when barbers were often the surgeons. Colon and Nobbs are referred to by Vimes as the "keystones of the Watch" a reference to the Keystone Kops who were a bumbling bunch of policemen in early 20 century silent films by Mack Sennet. He was supposedly based on a real character but this is doubtful.
Kennedy from the Texas Schools Book Depository. The Klatchian dignitary has been "shot in the back by a man in front of him who could not possibly have used the bow that he didn't shoot him with from the wrong direction The second crossbow man killer is a reference to the second gunman on the grassy knoll in the Kennedy shooting.
The line about "he thinks it'll magically improve his shot. In addition there is the very bad pun of Stoolie who is a stool pigeon or informer who is a gnoll covered in vegetation ie a grassy knoll a very obvious reference to the Kennedy assassination. The description of Stoolie also has parallels to the depictions of the lower levels in society from medieval times to Victorian England: The rag and bone men, the night soil collectors and the body collectors in the plague years depicted by everyone from Dickens to Monty Pythons in the movie, The Holy Grail.
The book on "Klatch" that Mr. The argument between Mr. Wazir and Mr. Gorrif arises out of a dispute between their two peoples, the Elharibians and the Smalies. In AD the Council of Nicea tried to settle the question with the Nicean Creed but the dispute immediately resurfaced over a single word of the creed: one faction said that it was "homoousios" of one substance , the other that it should be "homoiousios" of similar substance.
The difference in the words is a single i iota -- the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet just as in Jingo where it is said the letter actually might even be a speck of fly droppings.
The dispute led to the split between the Western and Eastern branches of the church that continues to this day. In AD similar divide occurred between the two branches of Islam, Shiites and Sunnis when the Islamic Prophet Muhammad died and a debate emerged about who should be his successor. While both sides agreed that Allah was the one true God and that Muhammad was his messenger, one group which became the Shiites believed that Muhammad's successor should be someone in his family his cousin and son-in-law Imam Ali , while the other group which became the Sunnis said that any true believer who would follow the Prophet's standards was acceptable.
This split was a political not a religious one. Leonard of Quirm asks Nobby if he is of a nautical persuasion and then says "have you ploughed the ocean waves? Nobby and Colon's mission of vital importance and the line "this note will self-destruct in five seconds [ Leonard of Quirm says of his submarine "'But usually I just think of it as the Boat. The Ankh-Morpork submarine is similar in design to the first military submarines, the Turtle used during the American Revolution with no success against the British.
The Anhk-Morpork version had a screw at the front for attaching itself to ships so that they could tow it along - the Turtle's screw was supposed to drill through the enemy hull and sink the ship; an idea which Leonard of Quirm views as a monstrous suggestion and very unsporting.
The names of the Ankh-Morpork war ships Indestructible and Indolence are takeoffs on a long list of ships of the Royal Navy starting with "In Ungulant's fire is a takeoff on St. Elmo's fire, which is a weather phenomenon involving electrical discharge that often occurs at sea around the rigging of a ship during a thunderstorm. In the Discworld, St Ungulant has a sidekick called Angus - appropriate given that an ungulate is a hoofed animal and an Aberdeen Angus is a breed of cattle. Visit says to Vimes that "'The Sykoolites when being pursued in the wilderness [ Solid Jackson says, "'"Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set him on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
The line about agony aunts Dot and Sadie is a reference to women newspaper columnists who give advice to people who write in with personal problems, but generally not of an explicit sexual nature as alluded to in this context.
There are many parallels in the book between Lawrence of Arabia, both book and man. Carrot in the desert has a strong resemblance in action to Lawrence of Arabia as he takes charge and organizes the men. Vimes holds a hot coal in his hand and dares Rust to do the same, reminiscent of Lawrence holding the burning match in his fingers.
Both say, "The trick is not to mind that it hurts. Klatchian soldiers are referred to as the finest in the world when led by white officers - again a reference to Lawrence leading the Arabs.
Jingo by Terry Pratchett
A weathercock has risen from the sea of Discworld. Suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing. A new land has surfaced, and so have old feuds. And as two armies march, Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch has got just a few hours to deal with a crime so big that there's no law against it. It's called "war. He's facing unpleasant foes who are out to get him
When the neighbours in question are the proud empires of Klatch and Ankh-Morpork, those are going to be some pretty large garden tools indeed. The enemy might be even worse. The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Jingo is the fourth book in the City Watch series. A weathercock has risen from the sea of the Discworld, and suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing. A new land has surfaced, and so have old feuds.
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