!!> Reading ➶ Nation ➮ Author Terry Pratchett – Realestatelawcenter.us

NationAlone 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 From The Hardcover Edition.

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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 gi...


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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, dire.Charles Dickens was a good bet Charles Dickens is always a good bet Even when he dies and leaves a book unfinished, he s still a good bet But Charles Dickens only really has a few ways of writing, a few things to write about It was a slow world in 1854 Terry Pratchett on the other hand, the ever funny, ever real, ever unashamed of voicing his views, is also a good bet sort of Discworld is brilliant, but this is not Discworld This is Other And past experience with PTerry s other was mixed at best Nation is an alternative history edition of a marooned Westerner and a native indigenous Great Southern Pelagic Ocean South Pacific Ocean island dweller On the surface it is a relative easy to read older children s book, much in the same vain as his Tiffany Aching Discworld novels But, as with all of PTerry s works, scratch the surface just a little and you enter a world that is full of adult themes that we, for some reason, have initialised a...


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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 thinking about getting a hermit crab tattoo.I kind of don t want to talk about the plot, because Native boy and English girl survive tsunami, build empire of survivors and create a nation of science does not convey how awesome it all is Guys, this book is fantastic It s about coming of age, religion, science, culture, exploration, tsunamis, the South Pacific, mysterious powers behind the throne, and also and if you needed an also, I am going to point out that y...


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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 satire, is a perfect pearl of truth about human nature I remember when I first found one It was the slender and yet unbreakable thread connecting the commercial idiocy of our Christmas season with a sweaty desperate beast running for it s life through a winter night, knowing its death was inevitable Hogfather was a revelation for me For years Pratchett fans have been telling anyone who will listen that only the jokes kept Pratchett from being called a literary genius by the mainstream For me, Nation is the final proof No story that opens with such soul deep sorrow can be called a comedy There is some humor of course The foul mouthed parrot is hard to miss, but even that has a somewhat sinister explanation This is the first Pratchett book that I had to finish in one sitting Always before they were savored over days I knew I could tru...


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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 a wacky island full of strange creatures and even stranger people The island s bananas are pink, the trees secrete poison, it has tree climbing octopus, and stones that are worshipped as gods by the inhabitants Doesn t it just sound like a great place Unfortunately for Mau, one of two protagonists in this novel, his tribe is wiped out by a great wave that surges all nearby land He could see that the village had gone The wave had sliced it off the island A few stumps marked the place the long house had stood since for ever The wave had torn up the reef A wave like that would not have even noticed the village On the other hand, the island itself remains intact Mau, however, doesn t have a soul He was completing his initiation to manhood when the wave struck he didn t get chance to finish as the initiators all died leaving his transcendence incomplete What s the poor half man to do He concocts a death wish plain and simple There s no reason to live any Well, until the second protagonist s boat, Sweet Jude, shipwrecks her on the island Ermint...


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    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 fires There are no feasts There is no one to welcome him home What is there is death, destruction, and the dawning realization that the Nation, a powerful island tribe, has now been reduced to a population of one If Mau dies, then the Nation its heritage, its ancestors, its religion will die, too.This book had two strikes against it when I picked it up 1 it s marketed as young adult and 2 my one foray into Pratchett s writing, The Color of Magic, was underwhelming So Nation was a very pleasant surprise This isn t young adult literature in the sense that it s written strictly for a younger audience, but I think it has been labeled as such because the protagonist is young and, now that no one is there to perform the rituals...


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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 occur Pratchett does delve quite deeply into beliefs and the existence or otherwise of gods Ma...


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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 quest to become a man by his tribe Daphne is a young girl on a large ship from a civilized nation, headed out to join her father at a foreign post This unlikely duo cross paths when a huge wave wipes out Mau s entire village and shipwrecks Daphne on an island with him Together, the two must learn to forge a new civilization, figuring out what is essential to keep from their old lives and what can and probably should be discarded from their old ways of life.Eventually, the two begin to forge their own civilization and soon have various refuges showing up, looking for shelter who become part of the new nation being formed on the island.As I said before, if you re looking for your typical Pratchett, you d be best advised to pick up a DiscWorld novel That s not to dismmiss Nation, but instead to say that this story has ...

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