[[ Read Ebook ]] ë Nation ⚫ eBook or Kindle ePUB free

[[ Read Ebook ]] ñ Nation ë 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 foulmouthed 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! This is YA so I won't give it an official review, but man is it top notch stuff Faith and desert islands Foulmouthed 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. 2016 Reread 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 oraspects 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 storiesthan just religion? Is religionthan 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 WattEvans 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 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 comingofage, 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? 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 everfunny, everreal, everunashamed 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 castaway 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 fastpaced 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 tosomehowwork together for the same end It has goodies and baddies, but also inbetweenies, 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