Nation Roughcut – 30 Sep 2008
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"A rich and thought-provoking read." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
"A rich and thought-provoking read."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Quirky wit and broad vision make this a fascinating survival story on many levels."--Booklist (starred review)
"It is hard to imagine a reader who won't feel welcomed into this nation."--Horn Book (starred review)
"A searching exploration of good and evil, fate and free will, both as broad and as deep as anything this brilliant author has produced so far. "--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A classic survival tale that offers laughs and much to mull over, this is a wonderfully entertaining novel." (starred review)--KLIATT
"Pratchett's examination of questions about religious belief, the nature of culture and what it means to be human [...] is a terrific, thought-provoking book."--Washington Post Book World
"Neatly balancing the somber and the wildly humorous in a riveting tale of discovery, Pratchett shows himself at the height of his powers."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A wonderful story, by turns harrowing and triumphant."--New York Times Book Review
A wonderful story, by turns harrowing and triumphant. --New York Times Book Review"
Pratchett s examination of questions about religious belief, the nature of culture and what it means to be human [...] is a terrific, thought-provoking book. --Washington Post Book World"
A searching exploration of good and evil, fate and free will, both as broad and as deep as anything this brilliant author has produced so far. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Neatly balancing the somber and the wildly humorous in a riveting tale of discovery, Pratchett shows himself at the height of his powers. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
It is hard to imagine a reader who won t feel welcomed into this nation. --Horn Book (starred review)"
Quirky wit and broad vision make this a fascinating survival story on many levels. --Booklist (starred review)"
A rich and thought-provoking read. --School Library Journal (starred review)"
A classic survival tale that offers laughs and much to mull over, this is a wonderfully entertaining novel. (starred review)--KLIATT"
Washed up on the shores of a remote island, two kids from cultures half a world apart have to learn to get along and survive. Brilliantly funny novel from the master story-teller and creator of Discworld. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Nation is a product of this later, and ongoing, period, but it is something of a departure. It isn't even a Discworld novel. Instead, it appears to take place in our own world, or some parallel version of it, with a distinctly mid-Victorian feel.
The root of the story is The Wave and how it is seen from the viewpoint of both Mau and Ermin...sorry, Daphne (don't worry, it gets explained later in the book). Mau is the sole survivor of The Nation, returning from the ritual exile that begins each boy's initiation into manhood to find his whole society has been wiped out by The Wave.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A more serious style than usual but with with his lighthearted humour where appropriate. A story which I found compulsive reading. Not to be missed.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Slightly disappointed. Other people, including TP himself, thought this his best book, but I didn't think so. Lacks the humour and philosophy of discworld booksPublished 2 months ago by Benny
Excellent! Different to other Terry Pratchett books but just as good. Real page turner and very easy to read and thought provoking for teen or adult.Published 3 months ago by me