Nation

Nation

Book - 2008
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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 fire.
Daphne, 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 nation.
Encompassing 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
Publisher: London : Doubleday Children's, 2008
ISBN: 9780385613705
0385613709
Characteristics: 409 p. : ill., maps ; 25cm
Additional Contributors: Duddle, Jonny

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kmcdouall
Aug 02, 2019

Not as hilarious as Pratchett's Discworld series, but plenty of flashes of brilliant humor along with a serious treatment of topics such as community, nationhood, and identity.

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susan_findlay
Jul 04, 2017

There's nothing wrong with this book. It's not bad at all. It's just that it's not particularly exciting or captivating. At no point did I feel like I couldn't put the book down yet because I had to see what happened in the next chapter.

That's probably because nothing really happens in this book.

The set up is really good. After the first couple of chapters, I thought I'd be in for an interesting story. The main character, Mau, lives on an island nation and belongs to a culture with all sorts of interesting traditions. He's about to make the transition from boyhood to manhood. Meanwhile, the majority of the British royal family has been killed by a plague and the man who is next in line for the throne is sailing in the same region as Mau's island. So is his daughter who was sailing to meet him. Then there's a giant storm which wipes out all of Mau's people and crashes the heir's daughter's ship on Mau's island (killing all other humans on that ship).

So, Mau meets up with the daughter and slowly builds a new nation on that island with other people who start randomly showing up. Pratchett deals with all the things that would realistically have needed to be dealt with - language barrier being the biggest. But I feel like there should have been a bigger "clash of cultures" and like there really ought to have been more plot than there was.

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RogueJen
Jul 03, 2016

A very thought-provoking book. It makes me wish that our world was a little closer to the alternate reality that Pratchett presents.

KCLSHope Apr 09, 2016

Amazing story about death, loss of faith, and science. Page-turning, moving, and hilarious all at once.

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sfogs
May 21, 2015

Amazing book, just loved it!
Really well written, this book is a master piece.
If this book does not become a classic, there is something very wrong with people.

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Kellkolo
Jan 15, 2015

I loved every second of reading this book. I was taking an "Ancient Science" course at the time I was reading this and it was a perfect companion novel. It was a very fun and very interesting read.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Oct 29, 2014

Not as hilarious as Pratchett's Discworld series, but plenty of flashes of brilliant humor along with a serious treatment of topics such as community, nationhood, and identity.

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Star_Struck
Aug 29, 2014

Probably my favorite book by Terry Pratchett. Whether you're a fan of his other books or not, a fan of Discwold or not, you have to love this book. It sort of makes me wish he did more stand alone books and books outside of the Discwold universe, actually. And I'm a huge fan of Discwold.

I have never read one of his books and not enjoyed it, and I've read a lot of them, but this is still my favorite.

Doctor_10101 Jul 15, 2014

I loved every moment of it! Pratchett's vivid descriptions were especially entertaining.

DevilStateDan Oct 03, 2013

Very good stand-alone novel from Terry Pratchett.
Two worlds collide in a timeless but all-too familiar universe.
The two representatives from each opposing culture couldn't be more different on the surface of things but become drawn to one another and find that special something that can only be achieved through trust and love, friendship and mutual respect.
A great way into Terry Pratchett's huge body of work for readers 12yo+ - next stop: Disc World!!

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RogueJen
Jul 03, 2016

Thinking - This book contains some. Whether you try it at home is up to you.

SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"Imo set out one day to catch some fish, but there was no sea."

citizenrebecca Aug 15, 2013

"YOU EAT BABIES!?"

bidbid Aug 24, 2012

'But that's no way to end a story,' said the boy. 'He went fishing!'
'But it's the kind of ending you get in real life,' said the old man, 'and isn't the story about being real?'

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