Nation
by Pratchett, Terry







HOW IMO MADE THE WORLD1
Chapter 1 THE PLAGUE3
Chapter 2 THE NEW WORLD25
Chapter 3 CALENTURE52
Chapter 4 BARGAINS, COVENANTS, AND PROMISES75
Chapter 5 THE MILK THAT HAPPENS108
Chapter 6 A STAR IS BORN129
Chapter 7 DIVING FOR GODS165
Chapter 8 IT TAKES A LIFETIME TO LEARN HOW TO DIE187
Chapter 9 ROLLING THE STONE206
Chapter 10 BELIEVING IS SEEING231
Chapter 11 CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS248
Chapter 12 CANNON AND POLITICS277
Chapter 13 TRUCE298
Chapter 14 DUEL312
Chapter 15 THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN322
TODAY359
AUTHOR'S NOTE369


After a tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and the things that matter to them.





*Starred Review* â??Somewhere in the South Pelagic Ocean,â? a tidal wave wipes out the population of a small islandâ?"except for Mau,  who was paddling his dugout canoe home after a month spent alone, preparing to become a man. The wave also sweeps a sailing ship carrying Daphne, an English girl, up onto the island and deposits it in the rain forest, where Mau finds her. Over the months that follow, they learn to communicate while welcoming more people to their shores and building a community of survivors. Mau searches for the meaning behind his people's gods, while Daphne applies her nineteenth-century knowledge of science and history to the many puzzles she discovers in this unfamiliar place. Broad in its scope and concrete in its details, this unusual novel strips away the trappings of two very different nations to consider what  it is people  value and why. Certain scenes are indelible: Mau's nonverbal communication to Daphne that a pregnant woman has landed, and she must help with the birth; or the  terrifying yet awesome descent into  a cave. Quirky wit and broad vision make this  a fascinating survival story  on many levels. Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.





Pratchett's latest masterpiece chronicles a lad's struggle to survive, and far harder struggle to make sense of the universe, after a tsunami wipes out his entire people. Along with the lives of everyone he has ever known, the devastating wave sweeps away Mau's simple, happy soul-literally, he believes. Fortunately, though much of his angry quest to find something to replace his lost faith in the gods is internal and individual, he acquires company on his tropical island, in the form of the shipwrecked, repressed-but-not-for-long daughter of a high British government official and a ragged group of survivors from other islands who straggle in. This is no heavy-toned tale: Tears and rage there may be in plenty, but also a cast of marvelously wrought characters, humor that flies from mild to screamingly funny to out-and-out gross, incredible discoveries, profound insights into human nature and several subplots-one of which involves deeply religious cannibals. A searching exploration of good and evil, fate and free will, both as broad and as deep as anything this brilliant and, happily, prolific author has produced so far. (Fantasy. 11 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.






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