This is an incredible book. A tidal wave wipes out Mau's entire village - he is the lone survivor of the people who once called themselves "The Nation." But as refugees from other islands start arriving a handful at a time, Mau finds himself building a new Nation, learning what it really means to belong to something bigger than yourself. This was written not long after the author was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, and the theme of loss is all throughout the book. As is the meaning of 'hope'. "When much is taken, something is returned."
Progress toward goals: 80/365 = 21.9%
Books: 19/100 = 19.0%
Pages: 5551/30000 = 18.5%
2011 Book List
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