Arise, Nation, Arise! Or is it Drown?

Yes. It’s true. We got another novel study. But with a twist. Not a big twist, mind you, just big enough to be different.

We get to pick our own books.

There. That wasn’t so bad, was it?

So anywho, the book I picked is called Nation. It’s a book by Terry Pratchett, who has written a lot of other books that I won’t mention here.

Nation. What can I say? Well, from the Author’s note in the back, Nation is based in a parallel universe, much like our own, but with tiny differences. Like the fact that the island called Nation is in the Great Southern Pelagic Ocean. Look at any map! It’s there! Well, any map in the parallel universe. In fact, the good ol’ US of A is now called the Reunited States. What does that tell you?

The island Nation is a tiny little island, with a whole bunch of really small ones around it. Not too far, but not close enough to actually see them. There is an island called Boy’s Island. That’s where the story actually starts. Actually, it starts in England, where some sailors are coming off a ship, and are being washed down because of some plague.

Back on Nation, a boy named Mau has to get back to the mainland before midnight, or he won’t be called a man. There is, of course, a trick. On a huge stump in the very center of Boy’s Island, there is an ax. And carved on that stump are the words, ‘MEN HELP OTHER MEN’. So Mau takes the ax, makes a boat, and sails home. Except on the way back, a GIGANTIC wave washes over the whole island, carrying the schooner Sweet Judy with it.

Everyone on the mainland dies.

Then the grandfathers come. They are the spirits of great men, who get the honour of resting in the Cave of the Grandfathers. They tell him that he must replace the god anchors, and give them beer. All of which he doesn’t know how to do, or make.

There was one person who survived on the ship, but we’ll get to that later.

I personally think that Mau is a very convincing character. It’s just the way he thinks, and does things. Even the land is realistic. I can see it in my mind’s eye. It’s just so…perfect.

Except for the Wave, which killed everyone, and Mau has to bury them in the sea. That’s not so perfect.

Unfortunately, I can’t make any predictions, because I read the whole book. I just couldn’t put it down. So sorry.


Front cover, and Mau


One Response to “Arise, Nation, Arise! Or is it Drown?”

  1. The way you put this book is so that I want to read it very much I think this is probably the best blog post that can be for this so yeah good luck and let me sign it out next.

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