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Nation by Terry Pratchett

Nation (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Terry Pratchett

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After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperCollins (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 384 pages
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Nation by Terry Pratchett (2008)

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This was my first non-Tiffany Aching TP experience. I ADORE the Wee Free Men. I found Nation to be terribly boring for the first 95 pages, and just when I thought I had read enough to justify putting it down, it got really interesting and I finished the remaining 270 pages in nearly one sitting. I was intrigued at the beginning with the questions of education and cultural rituals and how far they can get from reality. Both Mau (an island native) and Daphne (a Victorian princess-type) are totally unprepared for survival after a tsunami strands them together on an island. Well, Mau can find food and shelter and all that, but is at a loss for how to perform the rituals to his gods. The novel then turns to questions of faith and science and whether they are mutually exclusive. In the end, it comes down heavily on the side of science, but I think acknowledges the power and importance of belief. I think maybe Pratchett is saying that science is our new religion. I'd be interested to hear some other interpretations. ( )
  amandabock | Dec 10, 2019 |
Very dissapointed with this one. Had a few good moments, but not his best. ( )
  PhilOnTheHill | Sep 8, 2019 |
The story was as good as I remember and the narration was enjoyable. ( )
  g33kgrrl | Aug 23, 2019 |
It's been a long time since I've read this novel, but I remember quite a few things from it. My initial impression was that the two characters's experiences on the island were not connected, but the whole novel was about the two characters 'growing up' experience, what they learnt from each other and about others too. In this, it can be considered a double 'picaresque' novel, as if Pratchett had recreated a new world from an small island, with not so much a Big Bang, but as the result of a tsunami/earthquake. There is much less humour than in the Discworld novels, it is very different in tone and writing style, with quite possibly some underlying ecological and sociological message behind it all for readers. It doesn.t leave anyone indifferent and our interpretation of the whole can also differ from each other. It is a good read, chapters are relatively short, the action picks up pace along the pages and the characters could be the metaphor for a new Eden/world, like Adam and Eve, despite other additional people on the island. It is not your usual novel. ( )
  soniaandree | Apr 8, 2019 |
Pratchett leaves Discworld behind to explore an alternative colonization that /wouldn't/ leave centuries of destruction in its wake. (There's no colonization on the Disc; it wouldn't be funny enough). Much sadder than your typical Pratchett, but with humor aplenty and the exploration of morality that is so apparent in late Pratchett. ( )
  jonsweitzerlamme | Nov 28, 2018 |
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It's a complete departure for Pratchett and yet is recognizably him, on every page, writing with the same grace and wit we know from his other work. Highly recommended (and would make brilliant bedtime reading, too).
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Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brehnkmann, PederTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Couton, PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duddle, JonnyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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