Finding himself alone on a desert island when everything and everyone he knows and loved has been washed away in a huge storm, Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He's also 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, all she has for company is the boy and the foul-mouthed ship's parrot.
As it happens, they are not alone for long. Other survivors start to arrive to take refuge on the island they all call the Nation, and then raiders accompanied by murderous mutineers from the Sweet Judy. 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.
As can be expected from Terry Pratchett, the master story-teller, this new children's novel is both witty and wise, encompassing themes of death and nationhood, while being extremely funny. 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!
©2008 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2009 ISIS Publishing
i love the ideas and thinking this book promotes. it is incite full and makes me wish to find the universe that has arboreal octopus.
"Best Book Ever"
In Nation, Pratchett dispenses with his usual Disc World plots and give us instead a This World plot from our not very distant past with, of course, a typical Pratchett-esque twist. Taking history on a slightly different course to emphasize a point, Pratchett does that which he does so very well - makes us look at ourselves a little differently. He does so with a great deal of wit and humor, giving us heroes and heroines to root for, and a cadre of supporting characters to completely charm us. And just maybe, if we aren't careful, we might end up learning something.
Read most excellently by Stephen Briggs, this is an audiobook for anyone who likes a good adventure yarn.
Briggs does an excellent job of narrating. It's clear that he is enjoying the story just as much as the listener, and he really brings all the characters to life. It's like listening to the best ever bedtime story-teller.
Mau's epiphany on the water, when he realizes that however flawed the gods of his world have proven to be, they serve a purpose.
"I tried I really did"
this book just didn't do it for me at all. maybe because the narrator made it seem so fake, maybe because the story line is just hard to grasp. maybe if I was really stoned I would have liked it, but I think it had a truly pathetic story line...it made no sense whatsoever. I want my credit back
"Great Story, Great Performance"
I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett. This book has a great story and I really loved it, even though it isn't really similar to Discworld. I suppose it's more in line with Dodger (also a must read-listen).
Well that was different.....but thoroughly enjoyable.
My first full Pratchett novel. (I tried Discworld but was put off by a horrid audible recording, plus couldn't seem to get into the bizarreness of it all).
This is a little like observational humour. It states the obvious, in the most candid of ways - and made me think about the most complex of things in the simplest of ways.
There's an honesty to the writing that brings humour and entertainment to the fore.
Some laugh out loud moments, and statements so wonderfully obvious that they will stay with me for a long time....eg "the purpose of a table is to make the ground higher" - (with reference to eating while sitting on the floor, or at a table).
Five stars for the fun factor, even if the story itself was simple - arguably though, that may be its strength. You decide.
A fun listen and a worthy spend of a credit. Narration was spot on.
"Great from beginning to end"
For some reason, even though I am a big TP fan, this book never interested me when it was first released. DemonBoy was I wrong! It is engaging from the beginning, parts will have you laughing out loud and then sobbing. Although it seems to be a 'one off' series, the characters are well developed and in no time you feel that you have known them all your life. Don't put it off as I did, get this today
"Captivating, a read and re-read."
Yes, most defiantly. Nation is a captivating read that addresses a number of concepts without you even realising it half of the time. The serious moments are well developed and just as engrossing as the lighter hearted ones that stop the story from being overly serious. Pratchett develops characters and story's well and his writing style is just wonderful. A must read for Pratchett lovers and a highly recommended read for anyone.
I'm sure I have read books that are similar but none come to mind. If I had to compare it to familiar stories I guess I would say it was Pocahontas meeting Life of Pi, in elements but also in no way at all.
This story did both.. Well almost. I defiantly laughed and felt sad. I shouted in indignation at my MP3 player. I didn't cry, I was on public transport most of the time I was listening but I must admit there was a moment I fought hard to contain it.
Wonderful story. Really delicate and heart rending at times but with Terry Pratchett's classic quirks.
Just a simple book, cleverly written, about how simply clever some humans are - while others are not.
A gentle story with a hard core. Wish I lived in that world and that island . Missing you Terry Pratchett.
loved it. One of my all time favourite books. everyone should read/ listen to it.
"Surpassed even the usual genius of Terry Pratchett"
A wonderful book, evocatively read by Stephen Briggs. As with many Pratchett books I would have enjoyed it as a child but as an adult it reached me in a different way. I was sad to reach the end of the story.
"A clever book"
I liked this so much I listened to it twice over, straight after each other. Some of the phrases are fantastic, e.g Trouser Men. You'll have to listen to it to understand. Get it today!
At the start it was not the usual Pratchett beginnings but as i went on i thought of the Bromeliad, which is one of my favourite books of all time, which is also not diskworldish. That is the trouble when you have made such a success of one set of books (which i also love) you automatically expect the same type of thread to carry on. Nation is a heartwarming and also heartrending story of love. Pure and simple. It tells of compassion in people who are at the end of their world and how love and determination turns a Nation around. With Stephen Briggs reading, you are drawn into the heart of the story straight away. His illustrative voices are brilliant and really make the story listenable. It is quite simply perfect.
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