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   As you probably know from Wednesday's post, I recently read 'Monstrous Regiment'.  At the end of the novel, Terry Pratchett does a big reveal that someone (I won't say who, for those of you that haven't read the book) is a girl. Specifically, this person is who you'd least expect to be a girl.
   I can't think of any other books of his that have this type of reveal (although my memory might be a little off). It certainly works well in Monstrous Regiment. At the very end of the book, when almost everyone's stories have come to an end, the reveal finishes the last, possibly most interesting and heartbreaking story. It brings it all to a conclusion and gives you one last thing to think about. Personally, I liked the twist.
    On a different note, 'Monstrous Regiment' is very obviously allegorical (like most of Pratchett's work) to our world, where women mostly don't serve in armies. It changes things up, and whether or not it's intended to, it makes you think about how Polly's world compares to ours (sometimes in a positive light, but also in a negative one) while you laugh.
    Overall, I'm all thumbs up for the book and recommend that you read it if you haven't.
    What's your opinion about 'Monstrous Regiment'? Tell me in the comments!
                                                                            -Max

Tamar
7/20/2012

Monstrous Regiment isn't entirely allegorical... Sir Terry did a lot of research, and found literally hundreds of documented cases of women who did what Polly did. Many of them became officers. I believe one was a Brigadier General, only discovered to be female when she died.

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