Pratchett, Terry -- Nation

Non-Discworld; alternate Earth history in a mild background way which I liked. A boy is paddling back from the manhood ritual of his low-tech islander tribe when a tidal wave erases his tribe from his island. The same wave wrecks an English ship passing by, leaving a lone girl as a survivor. Pratchett alternates between the points of view, each with equal honesty and intelligence (despite the gap between their "levels of civilization", if I may use a concept which the book so thoroughly squashes). Thorough, lovely, devastating, and unsatisfying in the right way -- Discworld may lean towards narrativium-enriched endings but this book is more real. One of Pratchett's better works.

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