Monstrous Regiment - Discworld, Bk 31 Author:Terry Pratchett War has come to Discworld…again. — And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its ability to beat up on its neighbors. This time, however, it's Borogravia that's getting its long-overdue comeuppance, ... more »which has left the country severely drained of young men.
Ever since her brother Paul marched off to battle a year ago, Polly Perks has been running The Duchess, her family's inn -- even though the revered national deity, Nuggan, has decreed that female ownership of a business is an Abomination. To keep The Duchess in the family, Polly must find her missing sibling. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and sets out to join him in this man's army.
Polly is afraid that someone will see through her disguise; a fear that proves groundless when the legendary Sergeant Jackrum accepts her without question. Or perhaps the sergeant is too desperate to discriminate -- which would explain why a vampire, a troll, a zombie, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close "friends” are also eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold. Soon, Polly finds herself wondering about the myriad peculiarities of her new brothers-in-arms. It would appear that Polly "Ozzer” Perks is not the only grunt with a secret.« less
I sometimes think there are two Terry Pratchetts. One is the always joking, laugh-a-minute Pratchett and the other is the more serious and thoughtful Pratchett. Both sides are welcome and entertainin and Monstrous Regiment is definitely from the pen of the later. It's the story of Polly Perks who, disguised as Oliver Perks, joins the Borogravian army at the tail end of a hopeless war. What unfolds is a story that investigates the absurdity of war, sexism, fundamentalist religion and nationalism all the while extolling the virtues of heroism, camaraderie and the importance of an extra pair of socks. I truly believe that it is one of Pratchett's finest additions to the DiscwWorld serious.
Not my favorite of the Discworld novels, but still highly enjoyable. Polly Perks joins the Borogravia army to find her brother and bring him home. Since it is an Abomination unto Nuggan for women to be in the army or wear men's clothes, she pretends to be a man to join. Along with her little troop of "brothers", Perks learns what it really means to be a soldier and proves her worth to her commanders and country,