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Nation by Terry Pratchett
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Oct 18, 10

Read in October, 2010

I wanted to like this book. I seem to adore Pratchett. But I didn't like this book, and I'm not sure it's Pratchett's fault.

Trite. Mundane. Mythologies rehashed and only partially dignified. There are some highlights, the feisty young girl, the wily parrot. But mostly it was just a slog through new-age noble savage ideals.

Some nice quotes:
"You didn't have to know Pilu for long to see that he floated through life like a coconut on the ocean. He always bobbed up. There was some sort of natural spring of cheerfulness that bubbled to the surface. Sadness was like a cloud across the sun, soon past. Sorrow was tucked away somewhere in his head, locked up in a cage with a blanket over it, like the captain's parrot. He dealt with troubling thoughts by simply not thinking them; it was as if someone had put a dog's brain in a boy's body, and right now, Mau would have given anything to be him."
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