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  • Roughcut: 367 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (30 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061433012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061433016
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,252,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"Thought-provoking as well as fun, this is Pratchett at his most philosophical, with characters and situations sprung from ideas and games with language. And it celebrates the joy of the moment" (Nicolette Jones The Times)

"Nation has profound, subtle and original things to say about the interplay between tradition and knowledge, faith and questioning . . . It's funny, exciting, lighthearted and, like all the best comedy, very serious" (Frank Cottrell Boyce Guardian)

"Pratchett's immensely entertaining new young adult novel, manages to be both thought-provoking and sweet . . . At times Nation reads like Philip Pullman but with less anger and more jokes, and a bit more ambiguity . . . It's a wonderful story, by turns harrowing and triumphant" (James Hynes The New York Times)

"Terry Pratchett is an indisputable one-off . . . Nothing he writes is ever predictable - except that it will always be gloriously readable" (Nicholas Tucker Independent)

"An ebullient and entertaining novel of ideas" (Guardian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The end of the world is just the beginning... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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137 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Margaret7 VINE VOICE on 10 Sep 2008
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I've had this book on order for months - and I rushed home to rip open the package and get reading when it arrived from Amazon.
And there was no Discworld.. No turtle, no elephants, no witches, no dwarves - nothing - nothing but Terry and his beautiful, perceptive way of understanding and writing about human nature, life, the universe and everything..
I get the feeling that what he has gifted us with, this time, was too important to be hidden cunningly among the wonderful characters and humour of the discworld series. Although the Tiffany Aching books are pretty special, and give my favourite (Small Gods) a run for its money..

What Terry Pratchett doesn't know about people, quantum physics and spiritual philosophy isn't worth knowing.. And the way he engages us, and leads us through both his stories, and the breadth and depth of life and being human, in this place - and at this time - speaks of both love and poetry. This is a beautiful book - and it was worth going in to work half asleep - because I couldn't put it down and get myself off to bed until I'd finished it. Highly recommended.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Kibbey on 2 Oct 2008
Format: Hardcover
I want to add my review here of Nation but it's actually an extraordinarily difficult thing to do. The reason is that I don't want to appear to be `gushing' with praise for it. If ever I read such a review, it normally has the effect of turning me off the book completely, as it's obviously written by a fan who hasn't read a different author or genre since they left primary school. In view of this, here's what I genuinely thought of it:
I finished the book last night and my immediate thought was `Oh my gosh, this is a classic'. This is a book that will be discussed, debated and written about for years to come. It's a bit like being around when a new Dickens or Jane Austin novel came out.
The plot has been mentioned here already, so I won't repeat it again. I see that some reviewers have said that Nation is pitched at older children in their teens, but don't be fooled. This book has so much depth and can be read at so many levels, there's enough here to keep 10 year old Harry Potter fans to Academic Philosophers happy. The writing style is as clear and sparkling as cut crystal and while reading it, Pratchett takes your conscious mind out of this world and into his. You become each character, looking through their eyes, thinking their thoughts and feeling their every emotion. It is a fully immersive experience. The book also engages the brain by making you think about how societies and belief systems are created and our place in them. It is also a book to make you think about what makes you, you. If ever there was a book that could provide software upgrade for your brain, this is it.

Terry, I'll probably never meet you in person, but thank you for such a special gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By b on 13 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
In many of his novels, the wisdom of Terry Pratchett has lurked beneath the surface comedy of his Discworld. In Nation, he writes about a world which is almost recognisable as ours although distanced by history and by its setting on a small island somewhere in the Great Pelagic Ocean.

Mau, a young boy, is completing the ceremony that will induct him into manhood but when he returns to his home there is no banquet. Instead he has to dispose of the bodies of his entire tribe, killed by a massive wave, and to begin his life anew. He is soon joined by Ermintrude, the trouserman girl, from another place and another culture. Between them, they have to learn to understand not only each other, but the needs of their growing tribe of castaways and refugees.

Yet this is no Lord of the Flies, shocking us with man's basic savagery. It is the opposite and is in many ways a more profound and more moving work as the young people work to construct a new civilisation, questioning the religions and the values of their own culture. Mau finds it hard to accept that his gods would condemn his tribe and debates their existence with an elderly priest whilst Ermintrude or Daphne,as she becomes, gradually learns to throw off the prejudices of English society and the values of her frightful grandmother.

This is a delightful piece of writing in which Pratchett's flair for comedy is never far from the surface. It is a wise and optimistic piece of writing. It may be intended for young people but it is a book which many adults will take great pleasure from.
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131 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael Heron TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Sep 2008
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So, first things first - this is not a Discworld book, which marks it as somewhat of a departure from the norm. Secondly, it's wonderful, made all the more wonderful by its separation from the usual Narrative Elements of a Terry Pratchett novel.

I received the book today and read it in a single sitting - bits of the book are tremendously sad, other bits are tremendously bitter - I do wonder how much of the book is a metaphor for TP's own deeply sad condition. There aren't many laughs in the book, but there is a very touching, emotionally resonant story that at its core is greatly optimistic.

I do hope that this isn't the last book we'll see from Terry Pratchett, who as an author has given me a greater Enjoyment to Hour ratio than any other writer. If this is to be his swan song though, he's carried it off marvellously.
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