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The Dead Fathers Club: A Novel Kindle Edition
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"Captures a studied, Haddonesque naivete."
"full of funny moments" -- San Francisco Chronicle
"We now owe another debt to Shakespeare, and one to Haig, for re-imagining a tragic masterpiece with such wit, force, and-yes-originality."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Humorous and original."
-Daily Mail (London)
"An absolutely irresistible read."
-Booklist (starred review)
"Utterly engrossing" -- The Observor (London)
Praise for Matt Haig:
“A keen-eyed observer of contemporary life.” ―New York Times
“I can't describe how much his work means to me . . . The king of empathy.” ―JAMEELA JAMIL
“Love this man's books.” ―JODI PICOULT
“Haig is one of the most important writers of our time.” ―DOLLY ALDERTON
“Matt Haig is a writer for children and adults who is adept at digging into the human heart.” ―Sunday Times (London)
“Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories.” ―NEIL GAIMAN
“Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin.” ―JEANETTE WINTERSON
“Haig is one of the most inspirational popular writers on mental health of our age.” ― Independent (London)
“Haig writes exquisitely from the perspective of the heart-sore outsider, but at their most moving his novels reveal the unbearable beauty of ordinary life.” ―Guardian
“Matt Haig has a way of looking at life which will make you stop and think, and by the time you reach the last page, you will understand the world just that little bit better and feel a little more comfortable being in it.” ―JOANNA CANNON --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B000OCXFV0
- Publisher : Penguin Books (February 1, 2007)
- Publication date : February 1, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 410 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,688 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The author does a fantastic job of getting and keeping you in a troubled eleven year old boy's head, which can't be an easy feat! So that you get a feel for the narrative, here is how the first chapter begins:
The First Time I Saw Dad After He Died
I walked down the hall and pushed the door and went int the smoke and all the voices went quiet like I was a ghost.
Carla the Barmaid was wearing her hoop earrings and her tired eyes. She was pouring a pint and she smile at me and she was going to say something but the beer spilt over the top.
Uncle Alan who is Dads brother was there wearing his suit that was tight with his neck pouring over like the beer over the glass. His big hands still had the black on them from mending cars at the garage. They were over Mums hands and Mums head was low like it was sad and Uncle Alans head kept going down and he lifted Mums head up with his eyes. He kept talking to Mum and he looked at me for a second and he saw me but he didn't say anything. He just looked back at Mum and kept pouring his words that made her forget about Dad.
It's really darkly funny and innocently touching, and at the end I was left with more questions than when I started, and I assume that's the point...
In some ways, I think it would have been a better story if those had all been left out, so we could focus on the kid and his situation rather than continually harking back to the indecisive 30-year-old Dane. As a result, I couldn't engage with the story.
Of course, since I bought the book because it was a recreation of Hamlet, my suggestion might be self-defeating...
Top reviews from other countries
Was the Dad's ghost real?
Why did no one notice Philip was autistic - especially the doctor?
Was Alan having an affair with Carla?
How did the mum cope? Did she become independent?
Was the teacher's father murdered?
How did he get away with murder and we were meant to be ok with it as the reader?
It’s written from the perspective of a child, which is an interesting idea, but it doesn’t work. There isn’t proper punctuation for example, and just rubs on like a stream of consciousness, so I found it hard to concentrate and get into it. I had to re-read sentences on a couple of occasions to make sure I understood if someone was talking, or if something was being described.
Sorry, but this one was a miss for me.
The ending leaves lots of unanswered questions