The Dead Fathers Club
Book Summary of The Dead Fathers Club
Philip Noble is an eleven-year-old in crisis. His pub landlord-father has died in a road accident and his mother is succumbing to the greasy charms of her dead husband’s brother, Uncle Alan. The remaining certainties of Philip’s life crumble away when his father’s ghost appears in the pub and declares Uncle Alan murdered him.
Arming himself with weapons from the school chemistry cupboard, Philip vows to carry out the ghost’s relentless demands for revenge. But will Leah, the gorgeous daughter of Uncle Alan’s God-fearing business partner, Mr. Fairview, prove too much of a distraction? And can the words of a ghost be trusted any more than the lies of the living? Philip makes his decision and when the moment comes to act, he finds himself hurtling towards disaster.
Just as Matt Haig’s acclaimed and best-selling first novel, The Last Family in England, was a brilliant reworking of Henry IV Part I, with dogs in the major roles, so The Dead Fathers’ Club gives more than a nod to Hamlet. Hilariously funny, it is full of poignant insights into the strange workings of the world seen through the eyes of a child.
About the Author
Matt Haig was born in 1975. His The Last Family in England was published in 2004.
Details of Book: The Dead Fathers Club (BSID:3915)
|Book||The Dead Fathers Club|
|Publisher||Random House Uk|
|Number of Pages||320|
|Dimensions||7.87 x 5.2 x 0.87 inches|
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An update on the Hamlet story, this reads much like "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime" (I think that's right) with a yound narrator set to avenge his father's death at the hands of his uncle. And while that voice worked well for the autistic narrator of "Nightime" at times I felt t...
I selected this book because the idea and the voice interested me. The cover boast that it is kind of like a modern day Hamlet adn in a lot of ways it is. It begins with the death of Phillips father, shortly followed by the appearance of his ghost saying that Phillip's uncle killed his father and...
This story, set in modern-day England and narrated by an eleven year-old boy, is a clever and subtle retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The story opens when Philip, the Hamlet-narrator, sees his father's ghost after the funeral. His father's ghost informs him that he was murdered by Uncle Alan, a...
This book is a lot like CURIOUS INCIDENT DOG MIDNIGHT (sorry i can't recall the title correctly off the top of my head.)That is to say there is a narrator with a distinctive, childlike voice, simple way of observing. And there's a mystery. It's patterned after Hamlet and just made me want to read...
A retelling of Hamlet set in modern day England, with a young boy as the protagonist. The whole thing is told in the first person in prose reminiscent of the first chapter of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manâ??run-on sentences and a blatant disregard for apostrophes. I found this both effe...
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