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Nation by Terry Pratchett

Nation (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Terry Pratchett

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Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperCollins (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 384 pages
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Nation by Terry Pratchett (2008)

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In an alternate history there is a wave, and island and a ship. Thus begins the story of a young woman and a young man struggling to know themselves and to survive.

This is another example of the author's struggle with belief, what it means to believe, why people believe and why they don't. As is usual with Pratchett, ideas are put forth, but not insisted upon and conclusions are left to the reader. I found the read enjoyable, but something about the narrative style wore on me. It is very like the Tiffany Aching books, with a character thinking, rethinking and questioning that thinking repetitively. Almost as if he doesn't trust the reader to get his point. Anyway, still enjoyable as it explores island life, presuppositions and misunderstandings people of different cultures have about one another, and dealing with grief. ( )
  MrsLee | Aug 29, 2016 |
I loved this. Not Discworld. Probably aimed at YA, and I will recommend it to my 14 yo son. Thoughtful, dealing with religion & faith, puberty, family, racism, and culture. Leavened with just enough humor and excitement to make it engaging. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Nation - Terry Pratchett
audio performance by Steven Brigs ( a 5 star performance)
4 stars

In an alternative Victorian universe, a young island boy is completing his solitary manhood ritual. At the same time, the daughter of a minor British aristocrat is sailing aboard the HMS Sweet Judy, on her way to join her father, a Governor in the Great South Pelagic Islands. And then there’s a tsunami.

This is a survival story, told with some pathos and a great deal of humor. Mau is a wonderful character who grows into manhood and leadership dealing with a horrible reality. Daphne is a lot of fun as she sheds her Victorian primness along with some, but not all, of her clothes. There’s a great deal of social commentary in Pratchett’s humorous jabs at western culture, organized religion, and superstitious practices. Given the fairly elementary reading level of this book, some of Mau’s the philosophical angst was probably a bit overdone, but I enjoyed it.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Narrated by Stephen Briggs. Although this is aimed at young readers, it's a story that can be enjoyed on different levels whatever your age. For kids, "Nation" is an island adventure. Teen readers will identify with Mau and Daphne's questioning of the values they grew up with. And adults will recognize the conflicts of culture, religion, and colonialism. Narrator Stephen Briggs does a masterful job immersing listeners in this island world and the huge challenges it faces. Cheers for Mau, who truly earns his manhood leading this new Nation. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I have to admit, I sniffled a bit towards the end.

This book is probably more of a three-and-a-half than a four star book, but I bumped it up because it certainly isn't a three. I loved Mau and Ermintrude/Daphne and large parts of the story. I just felt the plot seemed to skip some vital explanations to make everything make sense. Also thematically the book was simultaneously heavy-handed and obscure.

It definitely didn't feel like a Terry Pratchett book - it's stylistically very different to any of the Discworld books I've read anyway, even the ones aimed at younger readers. This isn't a bad thing, but it's a little odd when you're so familiar with his work. It's... very matter of fact.

And in some ways, very, very sad. And yet uplifting. And I have no idea what I'm trying to say.

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  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
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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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Brehnkmann, PederTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Couton, PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duddle, JonnyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The sea has taken everything.

Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne—a girl from the other side of the globe—is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.

Together the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive: children without parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives—all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down. . . .

Internationally revered storyteller Terry Pratchett presents a breathtaking adventure of survival and discovery, and of the courage required to forge new beliefs.

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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.… (more)

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