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Nation Alone On A Desert Island Everything And Everyone He Knows And Loves Has Been Washed Away In A Storm Mau Is The Last Surviving Member Of His Nation He S Completely Alone Or So He Thinks Until He Finds The Ghost Girl She Has No Toes, Wears Strange Lacy Trousers Like The Grandfather Bird, And Gives Him A Stick That Can Make FireDaphne, Sole Survivor Of The Wreck Of The Sweet Judy, Almost Immediately Regrets Trying To Shoot The Native Boy Thank Goodness The Powder Was Wet And The Gun Only Produced A Spark She S Certain Her Father, Distant Cousin Of The Royal Family, Will Come And Rescue Her But It Seems, For Now, That All She Has For Company Is The Boy And The Foul Mouthed Ship S Parrot, Until Other Survivors Arrive To Take Refuge On The Island Together, Mau And Daphne Discover Some Remarkable Things Including How To Milk A Pig, And Why Spitting In Beer Is A Good Thing , And Start To Forge A New NationEncompassing Themes Of Death And Nationhood, Terry Pratchett S New Novel Is, As Can Be Expected, Extremely Funny, Witty And Wise Mau S Ancestors Have Something To Teach Us All Mau Just Wishes They Would Shut Up About It And Let Him Get On With Saving Everyone S Lives


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    2016 Re read for Sci Fi Fantasy book club.Seriously, does anyone else want to kick the Nobel Prize committee for not giving Pratchett the award I wish this novel had been around when I was a kid.older reviewPhilip Pullman is known, perhaps infamously, for His Dark Materials trilogy, which has been attacked because of Pullman s atheist beliefs as well as the endorsement of atheism that book represents Pullman isn t the only writer to have been attacked due to his view on religion, and I doubt that he will be the last one Of course, he will undoubtedly be attacked this year because of his new book about Jesus and his buddy Christ.I find it strange that there was barely a peep about the books until the movie came out.The problem, as I see it, with such fame as Pullman receives is that people get hot and bothered either condemning the work or, justly, defending the work So hot and bothered that books like Nation get overlooked In many ways, this is good, for no one is trying to ban the book In other ways, it is bad, for the book doesn t get the fame it deserves.Terry Pratchett is a humanist writer of fantasy fiction He wouldn t call his work literature, but many of his later novels either is literature or rests on literature s mutable border I ve been a huge fan of Pratchett since Wyrd Sisters made me laugh during a very tough time in my life Thanks Mom, for giving the book to me Nation is the best thing that Pratchett has ever written Nation is Literature.I m not sure if Nation was inspired by the Tsunami in Asia and or Pratchett receiving his medical news In truth, I don t really care I do know, for Pratchett himself has said it, that Nation demanded to be told, and he stopped other projects to write it.Supposedly a children s book, Nation tells the story of Mau who loses his whole Nation, his whole tribe, when a tsunami hits his island home Eventually, Mau discovers Daphne, a ghost girl who was washed up by the same wave What then follows is part Robinson Crusoe, told from Friday s point of view part Swiss Family Robinson part Island of the Blue Dolphins, and part religious and philosophical debate.Pratchett s novels work because each of his characters is like the reader or like someone the reader knows His characters are human and contain one or aspects of everyone Even Pratchett s most heroic or inhuman characters such as Carrot, Rincewind, or Death, have human traits that effect how they act remember, Death really likes cats Here, in this book, Pratchett presents multiple answers to the questions, Why do bad things happen to good people if there is a just god and How do you feel afterwards Both Mau and Daphne have tragically lost family Both of their reactions are human, yet different from each other Both question the idea of god or in the case of Mau, gods and faith Both arrive at different answers More importantly, Pratchett doesn t preach, he doesn t persuade He just wants the reader to think, the conclusion is left up to the reader This makes the book totally honest, for there is no clear cut answer to the first question.Besides engaging the idea of the god debate, Pratchett touches on another part of creation where do stories come from Are stories than just religion Is religion than story This comes as no surprise to the reader who has read the last two Science of Discworld books.Despite the tragic and bittersweet events of the story, Pratchett s trademark humor, including footnotes, is present in full force Like his characters, Pratchett s humor works because it contains an element of human truth As the following exchange shows Don t look back Why not Because I just did Run faster The tale of Mau and Daphne is an adventure tale of two teens surviving the aftermath of a natural disaster They most rebuild They must outwit cold blooded killers and hungry cannibal as well as the odd Grandfather Bird and tree climbing octopus It is a thrillingly story that closely, honestly, and fairly examines faith, science and all in between.Older ReviewWhen Nation came out, I was a bit disappointed that it wasn t a Discworld novel.Then I read it.It s the best thing that Pratchett has ever written.The one thing about Terry Pratchett, as Lawrence Watt Evans pointed out, is that the only real difference between his adult books and his children books are the age of his protagonists There is no reason why an adult shouldn t treat this as a book.It s a book everyone should read.I suppose if Pratchett had the reputation or high profile of Philip Pullman or J K Rowling, then there would be a huge cry of how this book should be snatched from the hands of impressable children before they learn how to think for themselves Maybe there is already such an outcry, but I haven t heard anything Nation reminds me a bit of Island of the Blue Dolphins, with much thrown in Pratchett addresses the big questions of whether or not there is a god, and if there is a god, why do bad things happen Bad things happen in this book, right from the start Pratchett deserves credit for not sugarcoating what happens, but for also dealing with the deathes in a way that does not alienate or upset readers okay, upset them too much.What Pratchett presents for the reader is a book about what extactly faith and life are When one reads Pullman, it is quite easy to figure out where Pullman stands in regards to religion It is not easy to figure out where Pratchett stands One character has lost his faith, but may or may not be talking to the gods Other characters have faith Neither character is seen as stupid or evil because of a belief or lack of belief In many ways, Nation is a mature novel about faith than Pratchett s earlier tolerance novel Small Gods.This a powerful book, and I hope it continues to fly under the radar of those people who think children shouldn t read books that make you think.Everyone should read this book.


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    Dear Terry Pratchett, It is entirely unfair that every book of yours I read increases my estimation for you At some point, you will no longer be able to live up to my expectations, and on that day I am probably going to cry.Sincerely, Cait, who is EDIT thinking about getting got a hermit crab tattoo.I kind of don t want to talk about the plot, because Native boy a


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    Deciding what one reads for the quite particular milestone of the 1000th book read is quite something Whilst stats are never important in any area of life reading, playing Cricket, sex they are incredibly fun And, let s face it, 1000 is a ruddy good number The importance of reading a good book on the 1000th turn was pivotal because the past few books have been, in a word, d


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    Disclaimer I m about to wax poetic in a totally corny way Just warning you I am, and have been for years, of the opinion that Pratchett is the best writer there is He continually serves up pitch perfect depictions of spectacular characters who are both wonderfully inventive, and at the same time purposefully normal And in every book, hidden in the hilarity, and the side splitting sat


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    Terry Pratchett is a weird and wonderful writer his style is completely unique There really is no other author quite like him and there will probably never be another, a true orginal His humour is so strange, but remarkably witty Some of the metaphors he uses are just plain genius This is the first Terry Pratchett book I read, and I really do need to go and read some This novel takes place on


  6. says:

    Brilliant Absolutely brilliant.


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    Young Mau is a boy living on an island he knows only as the Nation He has been sent to the Boy s Island where he must survive until he can, using only the tools of the island, build a canoe that will take him on the return voyage to the Nation By doing so, he will prove that he is a man and the village will celebrate as he sheds his boy s soul and takes on his man s soul Except, when he returns, there are no fire


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    I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan but have to admit I like his adult books best His YA writings, like this one, are simpler, not as cynical and therefore not as funny Nevertheless they are still very good.Nation begins with a tsunami which wipes out the residents of many islands including the one where Mau ends up being the only survivor A variety of refugees arrive over the following days and numerous entertaining events oc


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    This is YA so I won t give it an official review, but man is it top notch stuff Faith and desert islands Foul mouthed parrots and science It s a little like Swiss Family Robinson, a little like Casablanca, and a little like nothing I ve read before Grand great stuff.


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    I suppose that after twenty five years of writing DiscWorld novels, Terry Pratchett has earned the right to do something a bit different And different is precisely what he does with his latest novel, Nation Nation is a story set in a parallel universe to ours, but it s not the world of DiscWorld Though it could someday be, I suppose, though I hope Pratchett resists the temptation to tie together all his universes Mau is a young boy, sent on a


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