Book Title & Author:
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Why do you think the LSSU Campus should read this book? How will it build community? start conversations? encourage social engagement? empower critical thinking? Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme?
“Native boy and English girl survive tsunami, build empire of survivors, and create a nation of science!” does not convey how awesome this book is. It’s about coming-of-age, religion, science, culture, exploration, tsunamis, the South Pacific, mysterious powers behind the throne, and also (and if you needed an also, I am going to point out that you and I might not be able to be friends anymore) there are tree climbing octopodes.
This book is funny. It deals with some heavy themes, but it also leaves space for humor. I think that is important. We’re all getting a little too serious, and I think we could all do with a little laugh now and then. However, the humor never gets in the way of the points Sir Terry is trying to make. It’s wonderfully crafted, and has a message we all could hear right now.
Description from publisher’s site:
“When a giant wave destroys his village, Mau is the only one left. Daphne—a traveler from the other side of the globe—is the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Separated by language and customs, the two are united by catastrophe. Slowly, they are joined by other refugees. And as they struggle to protect the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down.”
Additional Information: This title is available in both Kindle and Audiobook format.