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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 the same style but is distinctly different Pratchett still has a way with words, but it s used less to humorous effect here andtoward building the world and finding new and interesting ways to describe things And this is a novel that is firmly about the characters of Mau, Daphne Pratchett spends a good deal of time early in the story estabishing who they and the backgrounds they come form, all before beginning to tear it down and rebuild things It s an interesting process to watch unfold on the page and it leads to some interesting observations by Pratchett through the eyes of his two characters.In his epilogue, Pratchett says he hopes this novel will make readers think And while there were moments in the story where I wondered what he was up to, I will have to admit the ideas, concepts and torn down assumptions from this novel have stayed with me long after the last page was turned.It s not DiscWorld It s some very different And it s something very good. 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 someThis 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 landHe 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 Ermintrude later called Daphne is a trouserwoman a person from civilisation who is not a tribal and is defined by her culture s wearing of trousers Quite funny really, these people are silly trousermen and silly trouserwomen, well at least they are to Mau Pratchett has created a brilliant narrative voice for Mau that is ever so evocative of his innocence and of his humorous perceptions of westerners Ermintrude almost shoots him when they first meet and the poor lad thinks the gun is a spark maker to help with building fires Is this a frown at imperialism I think so Ermintrude is also a lady who loves to use the etiquette her Grandmother has taught her, quite the contrast to Mau s tribal standards After the two get over their first hilariously embarrassing attempts of communication, and manage to gain a small degree of understanding of one another, they must try to survive on the remains of the wonderful island No easy task considering another bunch of people wash up on island including a wise old priest, a pregnant mute woman and eventually another family group This is foreshadowed by the approaching cannibalistic raiders that want to kill everyone on the island Mau and Daphne must solidify their newly forming culture with the remains of the old one, and learn to survive.This book was great The writing was superb, the plot exciting and the characters well rounded and funny More importantly, however, Terry pratchett is an uplifting change to those novelists who take themselves too seriously I should readbooks like this, books that are random and odd Here s a picture of a bird 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 as being Too Grown Up For Kids And Therefore Should Never Be Mentioned In Front Of Them.Death is a big part of PTerry s works We don t have the capitalised DEATH of Discworld, but we still have the humour of death surrounding Mau There s nothing twee here, which connects with the period this novel is set in 1860s and people died a lot Mostly of diseases Death was never a mythical beast who visited and left a shadow but instead it was dealt with Mau deals with it, as does Daphne, the Western cast away It is still dealt with calmly and there are no Lord of the Flies moments, but the important thing is that it is dealt with It is fast paced with the occasional lull, with no time for thoughts because of the situation, except the really big thoughts that are impossible to ignore no matter how many dead relatives one must bury.Colonisation and Western approaches to dealing with Indigenous Peoples is also dealt with marvellously It s ridiculous to expect every Westerner to apologise for what their ancestors did, but PTerry gives it a good go by offering up an alternative view of what should have happened It s also a good way of seeing how other cultures expect children to grow in to adults, cutting out the society pressure of such a thing and instead giving Mau and Daphne, to some extent the means of physically and mentally growing in to adults by forcing them to become adults.It is one of those kid s books that does not talk down to them, but instead talks them up It is full of character who embody something different, yet are able to somehow work together for the same end It has goodies and baddies, but also in betweenies, which is rare in a kid s book It is likeable and clever, but above all easy to read and understand It is very funny and very, very Terry Pratchett.Blog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy 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 trust Disc World to be alright in the end, and if some people met death in the process, well, he s a pretty good guy all around, so where s the harm in that But Nation is not set on Disc World, but much closer to home, so I had to stay up until 3 15 AM to see how it all ended Death is a much scarier guy in this book, although, at the end, much the same The pearl of wisdom in this book is not small and not hidden It s sitting right out there in the middle of the stage with flashing lights over its head This is about why we believe or choose not to believe In something In anything It s about us, but then again, it always is, even when its also about trolls and dwarves And, as always, it is the characters that catch me Two seemingly normal individuals, made extraordinary by circumstances and the way they react in those circumstances In the end, I love Pratchett because he can show me characters that I know are human all the way to their toes, and yet, they give me hope Mau, Vimes, Granny Weatherwax, even the Patrician, they don t do what they do so that people will thank them, appreciate them, worship them They do what they do because it needs doing, and no one else stood up for the job They do the hard jobs, they give up certain niceties in life so that at the end of the day, all is well, not just for them, but for everyone It gives me faith that somewhere in this world there are men and women like that It gives me hope that the human race as a whole might be worthwhile In the end, all I can say is, Terry, Thanks. 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 that will draw his man s soul to him, wonders if he ll always bethan a boy but less than a man.What seems to be a deceptively simple adventure tale on the surface has levels of complexity as it explores issues tied to colonialism, existentialism, feminism, and racism and one must admit that s an impressive collection of isms As Mau works tirelessly to bury the bodies at sea according to custom, he begins to as so many do after a traumatic and life altering crisis question the gods and everything he s ever been taught to believe in This confrontation with the void is complicated by the fact that Mau suddenly hears what may be the voices of the gods speaking directly to him When he comes into contact with whites, he questions whether or not his people, who seemed to have everything, were really inferior savages Now, if all that sounds terribly tedious and didactic to you, WAIT THERE S MORE There s also action, adventure, romance, and humor There are tsunamis, shipwrecks, mutineers, kings, secret passages, sharks, beer, cannons, and a foul mouthed parrot And there s a damsel who can take care of herself, thank you very much.And that s the wonderful thing about this book It causes the reader to think while being entertained And Pratchett accomplishes all of this without being preachy or trying to substitute his answer for your own In fact, his message seems to be that you must have faith in something whether it s a god, a science, or a nation As long as what you believe in is good and furthers mankind, your faith is not wasted Perhaps his stance is best summed up by one of the characters Everything I know makes me believe Imo the god of the islanders is in the order that is inherent, amazingly, in all things, and in the way the universe opens to our questioning When I see the shining path over the lagoon, on an evening like this, at the end of a good day, I believeI just believe You know, in things generally That works too Religion is not an exact science Sometimes, of course, neither is science. 366 In Nation, as in life, there are no easy answers, but, as in life, it s one helluva ride.Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder and at Shelf Inflicted Brilliant Absolutely brilliant. 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 Mau considers at length what kind of gods would let so many people die The humour in the book comes mostly from the relationships and eventual understandings which develop between the islanders and the trouser people that s us people who wear trousers This is a good book which just occasionally lets itself wander a bit too far too often into philosophising Still very good reading 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. 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 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 you and I might not be able to be friends any there are tree climbing octopodes Listened to the audiobook May 19, and this book is still fantastic The footnotes are awkward in audio, but otherwise, no complaints Seriously, whatcan you ask 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