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Book Discussion: Pratchett's "Nation"

When Sep 09, 2010
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Join the Alfheim Fantasy book group to discuss Terry Pratchett’s “Nation” Thursday September 9 at 7 p.m. The discussion will take place in the lower level public meeting room at Decorah Public Library. Books are currently available for check-out at the library’s front desk. The discussion is open to the public; people of all ages are welcome to participate.


Critics praised “Nation” as a hybrid, deeply philosophical book aimed at young adults, but one likely to appeal to adults as well, much like Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy or J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter” series. With echoes of William Defoe and William Golding, Nation” takes the form of a classic Robinsonade,” notes the Washington Post—that is, a book in which characters on a desert island recreate civilization. As his characters grapple with questions of leadership, humanity, and survival, Pratchett explores fundamental ideas about religion and culture. This might all sound rather heavy, but there is plenty of originality and humor—and cannibals, spirits, and secret treasures—to go around. In the end, Pratchett offers a vision of a deeply humane world. “In some part of the multiverse there is probably a civilisation based on the thinking of Terry Pratchett,” writes the Guardian, “and what a civilised civilisation that will be.”

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire "for services to literature" in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

The Alfheim Fantasy Book Group meets at Decorah Public Library at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, call 382-3717.