City Government and the wisdom of Lord Vetinari
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Why does he succed when real despots fail, and by fail I don't mean get overthrown, fail to provide good government. Even Gudhaffi started out as a semi idealistic young Colonel who wanted the best for "his" people, and ironically seems to think he provided it.
Absolute lack of personnal corruption, he does nothing for his or his familys gain or comfort, see nanny ogg's cookbook for his diet and living style and he has no family. And is not trying to ensure a succession for a son.
He appears to be, like Pratchett, an atheist and doesn't try to impose any moral standards, though he certainly has high standards of behaviour, odd maybe.
I often reread good novels, I think I am going to hunt out the series within the Discworld series that is about Ankh morpork and reread them, paying special attention to Havelock.
He does have an aunt and a small dog ...
Err. Cos he's not real? Real people don't behave (quite) like AnkhMorpockians. Or live in such simplisitic cities with such simple nations around them.
I do agree though that he is one of pTerry's best characters (although Vimes is perhaps even more cynical). Re-reading the city books is definetly worthwhile.
What do you mean "He's not real."? We are talking about Lord Vetinari here, aren't we?
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