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The Nation All Over Again

Well well. Here we are with novel study again.

Back to the Nation.

The giant wave carried a schooner over with it. And there was one survivor. A girl. Her name is Ermintrude, but she hates it, so she calls herself Daphne. She sees Mau, and invites him to the wrecked schooner, Sweet Judy, to have tea. Chaos follows.

There is a lot of conflict in the Nation. There is the villagers against the raiders, villagers vs. themselves, and villagers vs. the weird grandfather things (people vs. people).

Naturally, there is a lot of people vs. nature going on. The villagers, especially Daphne, have the jungle to face. Not to mention the sea. Sea=sharks. Jungle=jungle things. There is more conflict of different kinds near the end of the book, but because we’re not there yet, I won’t tell you about it just now.

The author of the Nation, Terry Pratchett, has put a lot of thought into the conflict that goes on in the Nation. It grows more complex just when you think everything is ok. For example, Mau thought that once he buried all of the dead villagers in the sea, everything would be ok. Then Daphne shows up. Just when they are getting along (mostly), more people from different islands turn up, causing trouble. It’s like a big chain reaction.

But the one person ( I guess you could call them people) I really dislike, is the ol’ dead grandfathers.

The people of the island Nation only buried the old men in the Cave of the Grandfathers, if they did really special things during their lifetime. It seems that the grandfathers are stuffy old spirits, and they want everything done their way. They don’t give any advice, only orders. And they want everything done right now.

But why would an author put characters in a book, if they know you’d dislike them? I think the reason is that you have to know them really well to dislike them. If you don’t know them really well, how can you say you like them or don’t? That’s called a first impression.

You don’t really get to know the grandfathers that well, because there you know, dead. But you do know enough near the middle of the book, to see that their weird old fools. I just dislike them, because they seem to hold no purpose. An author can put anything into a book. Why put something in if it has no purpose? We’ll see towards the end of the book. 

You just wait. Things get really weird.

This is a mean ol' grandfather

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One Response to “The Nation All Over Again”

  1. Your novle sounds cool. The mean old grandfather sounds like the character that you would hate but makes you dig into the book more.


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