Nation by Terry Pratchett

February 4, 2009 at 5:49 pm 1 comment

pratchett1Terry Pratchett has taken a slice of Robinson Crusoe, a dollop of Lord of the Flies, and sprinkling of Treasure Island to concoct a deliciously rich and entertaining story.   Set on an island that has been wiped out by a great tsunami (while there is no direct reference, it could be Krakatoa – the story seems to occur in the South Pacific in an alternative late 19th century).  Only Mau, a young boy whose rite of passage to manhood was stymied by the great wave, and Ermintrude a British girl whose ship was flung into the island’s jungle, are alive on the island.

A motley cast of characters finds their way to the island to join them – a storyteller, a motherless child, a pregnant woman, a crazy tribal priest.  Together they must rebuild a way of life and a system of belief while they fight off the threat of mutineers, pirates and, yes, cannibals.

Pratchett asks big questions and always has cheeky answers.  This is a fun read.  It is not a part of the Discworld series, so can be read by itself.       John WLS


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  • 1. Roseann  |  February 7, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Your book talk, John, convinced me to read this one. I am putting it on my Goodreads List !
    Good Job!


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