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Monstrous Regiment (2003)

de Terry Pratchett

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War has come to Discworld again. And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, arrogantly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its unrelenting aggressiveness. A year ago, Polly Perks's brother marched off to battle, and Polly's willing to resort to drastic measures to find him. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and, aided by a well-placed pair of socks, sets out to join this man's army. Since a nation in such dire need of cannon fodder can't afford to be too picky, Polly is eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold along with a vampire, a troll, an Igor, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close "friends". It would appear that Polly "Ozzer" Perks isn't the only grunt with a secret. But duty calls, the battlefield beckons. And now is the time for all good "men" to come to the aid of their country.… (més)
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Vorrei proporlo come base per il prossimo remake di Mulan. A un certo punto 'Farò di te un uomo' e 'Per lei mi batterò' hanno cominciato a ronzarmi in testa e da lì è stato un crollo verticale XD

E niente, quando pensi di aver capito cosa aspettarti, zio Pratchett rende chiaro che non ha ancora finito, e vieni trascinato per ore nel suo mondo meraviglioso. Con gli Igor. Io amo gli Igor.

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1. Babele 2020 - Modalità difficile (15/15 - COMPLETA!) ( )
  JaqJaq | Jan 7, 2022 |
Ive read this book before and quite enjoyed it. Not my fave Discworld story, but still worth reading. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
Glad to see Sir Terry got on board with lesbianism. Disappointed but not surprised that the undeniable trans vibes in the book remain subtext however-- even Jackrum is she/her'd in the end. It's tough, because the book does an admirable job of tackling gender equality, institutional sexism, the complicity of ruling class women in the patriarchy, toxic masculinity, etc. But in the end, you're left with the feeling that Pratchett probably saw all the varied gender performances he'd written into the book as just... performances. Everyone is actually their original name and identity. The off-hand references to the unseen Captain Wrigglesworth also feel like cheap jibes.

I think I'm still going to rate this book highly, because I enjoyed it and it makes me happy to read my own ideas into the characters. Also... man, idk, maybe this is optimism, but I feel like Pratchett was very close to getting it. The book was written more than 20 years ago after all! There is something going on with how he wrote the delay and privacy of Maladict's "gender reveal" moment, and Jackrum's unwillingness to dress as a washerwoman and ultimate happy ending as a man, and even General Froc's dance with the Duchess. And there is a lot of overlap and ambiguity with wartime cross-dressing (the obvious inspiration of the plot), gnc lesbianism (which seems to have been an influence on Pratchett, based on that one Gaiman interview), and transness. The issue is unclear. And I'm not an expert. Ultimately, all I can say is that Pratchett was a man born in the 40s after all, but I believe he was a kind person. And also that Maladict absolutely rules. Everything else is interpretation.

I haven't even touched on the other main themes of the book, which deal with jingoistic nationalism, organized religion, globalization, and advancing technology, among other things. These topics are obviously more familiar territory for Pratchett, and I think he writes them well. Despite the everpresent Discworld humor, I would call this one of Pratchett's "angry" books, which are my favorites of his (see most of the Tiffany Achings and Vimeses).

Also, I know this may have further annoyed our protagonist's main-character sensibilities, but I wish we'd gotten even more of Wazzer's absolutely off-the-wall Joan of Arc epic supernatural shit. I would kill for a sequel focused on that, maybe with some background antics of Sgt Perks & Mal making trouble in the military hierarchy, Tonker & Lofty's rage against the machine, and maybe a little nontraditional domesticity from Shufti, Paul, and baby Jack.

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  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
And we're back. I was beginning to get worried that the last few novels in this series would deliver diminishing returns, but Pratchett comes roaring back with this entry.

Everything I want out of a Discworld book is present and accounted for here. A great story with some fun twists. Terrible puns and biting sarcasm. Humour. And an undercurrent of thoughtful discourse on a couple of topics.

Yup, this one is easily in the top five for the series. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Do you think it's possible for an entire nation to be insane?

Well...

Borogravia was a peace-loving country in the midst of treacherous, devious, warlike enemies. They had to be treacherous, devious, and warlike, otherwise we wouldn't be fighting them, eh? There was always a war.

It's another story about how very stupid war can be from time to time, but this time around, it's flavored with a god with increasingly mad edicts and a surprising number of women dressing as men to go to war. And sometimes you get women dressing up as men dressing up as women...

It's a combination of a look at gender roles, how dark war can be, and how ridiculous religion is at times. It does all three of them impressively well, while at the same time keeping just enough humor running through the book to not drag everything down too much.

Characterwise, all of the little lads are a lot of fun. Polly in particular is a welcome point of view, competent and just disbelieving that no one can figure out what's really going on and how people can really follow the religion they're all (in theory) fighting for. Jade the troll continues the tradition of surprisingly interesting troll characters (I really shouldn't be surprised any more). Maladict the Vampire gives another Vampiric look into addiction. We also get a few glances of others as well, including Vimes and Angua of the City Watch and William de Worde and Otto of the Ankh-Morpork Times. Welcoming glimpses all.

Overall, read this book. It's stand alone enough that it could easily be an introduction to the Discworld universe, so long as the topics themselves aren't going to turn you off while at the same time having enough references to keep those who've read many more interested. Another 5 stars from Pratchett. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
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Like all of Pratchett's best work, this book bridges its classical sources to the present day, bringing feminist and trans themes to light along with contemporary ideas about religious wars, militarism, mercantilism and geopolitics.

And all of that in a novel that flies along with such sprightliness that you'd never suspect it was pulling such heavy freight.
afegit per lampbane | editaBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Jan 5, 2015)
 
''Monstrous Regiment'' is most often spirited and shambolic, but it has some serious heft. Pratchett is on the side of those who make very little fuss, which means he gets to shiv those who do.
 

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War has come to Discworld again. And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, arrogantly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its unrelenting aggressiveness. A year ago, Polly Perks's brother marched off to battle, and Polly's willing to resort to drastic measures to find him. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and, aided by a well-placed pair of socks, sets out to join this man's army. Since a nation in such dire need of cannon fodder can't afford to be too picky, Polly is eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold along with a vampire, a troll, an Igor, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close "friends". It would appear that Polly "Ozzer" Perks isn't the only grunt with a secret. But duty calls, the battlefield beckons. And now is the time for all good "men" to come to the aid of their country.

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