Any book that stars a god of death is going to have mortality as a theme. Nation is no different. All of Terry Pratchett's books have Death in them. Usually he's a giant skeleton wearing a black robe, carrying a scythe, and TALKING LIKE THIS. Mau's god of death, Locaha, is a little different. At least, we think he is. We never get a clear idea of what he looks like. But when he represents death, and most people probably see him only once, does it matter what he looks like?
Questions About Death
- How do Mau and Daphne's coping strategies differ? They've both lost people they loved. Does their awareness of mortality bring them together?
- Why is it so important for Mau to perform his people's burial ritual?
- How does having a god of death, one that Mau can see and talk to, affect Mau's relationship with death?
- Is Locaha a good god or a bad god? Is he a force for evil or a force for good?
Chew on This
Mau seems to be handling the death of his family well, but eventually he will have to confront it.
Having a god of death as part of your culture makes it easier to be comfortable with the concept of dying.