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Tonyblack

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Re: Nation

Les_le_Breton said:
Just finished Nation. I too found it a very moving book. It contains Terry Pratchetts' amazing insights into cultures ancient and modern. I personally think that it is far too important a book to be permanently labelled a "childrens' book." In many respects it is the 21st century equivalent of Gullivers Travels. Superficially it is like a fairy tale but, intrinsically within this structure is an immense critique of superstition and Nationhood itself.
I think this book should be placed on the reading list of the University of Life.
I agree! I would also put Terry alongside Swift and have often done so.

Welscome to the site Les_le_Breton! :laugh:
 
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Nation

Hi! I´m a new member here, and just finished Nation and had this urge to say how much I liked it. I didn´t think I would, not being a Discworld novel, but I felt it was like a "fresh air wave". I also agree that it's more than a young adult novel.
 

Dotsie

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Welcome from me too :laugh:
 
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Nation

As a long time discworld fan I too was reluctant to go "off plot" when I got Nation as a xmas present but was I wrong. Its a very moving book, one of sir Terry's best.
 

Tonyblack

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Re: Nation

Erictheviking said:
As a long time discworld fan I too was reluctant to go "off plot" when I got Nation as a xmas present but was I wrong. Its a very moving book, one of sir Terry's best.
I was pleasently surprised at how good a book it was. Welcome Erictheviking! :laugh:
 

Penfold

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Hellooo and welcome Erictheviking. :laugh:

I have to admit that it took me a couple of attempts to get into the book but it was well worth it in the end. I enjoyed it immensely. :laugh:
 

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about the only TP book I didn't finish, couldn't get into it at all. There are a couple of DW books I've never re-read, Carpe Jugulum for one, Equal Rites for another, Thief of Time I'm not a great fan of; but Nation is the only book I haven't finished.
 

fanahoria

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Hello!! I,ve just finished the book right now. It was a little dificult at the begining, I thought i was going to give it up sometime. but i made the effort, and it worth it. It makes me cried and no so many book does.
 

Tonyblack

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I'm glad you stuck with it. I think it's well worth the effort and one of Terry's better books in recent years.
 

pip

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In Terry's Biography on PJSM Colin Smythe seems to think Terrys next book after snuff will be a sequel of sorts set in the world created for nation -
He has just finished his next work: another Commander Vimes/City Watch novel, called Snuff (with a working title of ‘Vimes on Holiday’). I had originally thought it was to be the third Moist von Lipwig novel, Raising Taxes – and oh how relevant is that title in Britain now! – but Terry moved away from that, and I think his next book will be a young adult novel set in the 19th century London of the alternate world of Nation.
Could be interesting
 

Tonyblack

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Yes indeed. :laugh: But I predict there'll be an awful lot of moaning about this. :laugh:
 
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I think Terry likes to take a break between the different styles of writing between straight Discworld and and the satellite ones just to keep them fresh in style. :)
 
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Nation

I loved Nation - despite it being a non-discworld novel. As with many themes in the disc-world Sir Terry managed to make some real sociological points without upsetting some group because they couldn't see past the setting to the message.

I'm over 50 and teared up a couple of times when reading it for the first time, and always feel moved every time I read it. To be able to cover such a moving story and still have humour in it - well, that is what makes a Prachette novel so good.

I remember reading Joseph Conrad and HATING it, the story was so black, depressing and horrible, but the writting was so good - I could feel the characters in my head - I felt for all the charcters in Nation, but the 3 gifts of Pandora were there too - maybe that's why Sir Terry is fun to read - he still has hope etc...
 

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