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The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig

The Dead Fathers Club (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Matt Haig

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Title:The Dead Fathers Club
Authors:Matt Haig
Info:Viking Adult (2007), Hardcover, 336 pages
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A Hamlet takeoff, yet enough differences to make the story seem fresh. Even though the protagonist is a bit younger than YA, it seems to fit that genre.
  PaperDollLady | Apr 1, 2015 |
not humorous at all
  FKarr | Apr 5, 2013 |
This book had everything going for it, great cover, Border's Original, great premise (modern take on Hamlet, protagonist sees dead fathers, including his own). And it started off good. But then it just became more and more boring. I know Hamlet already and this concept was strong but the author didn't do enough with it. Sigh. ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
This may be one of the best audio books I've listened to in some time. At its heart, this is a familiar story--a boy's father dies, and the ghost swings by to accuse the uncle. Who is now moving in on Mom. Ghost makes son swear revenge, etc. Yes, it's Hamlet, only we're not in seventeenth-century Denmark. We're outside London, present-day, and the boy in question is twelve years old.

The story is told in long, rambling sentences with lots of repetition, which really works for the tone and voice of the book. The narrator on the audio is Andrew Dennis, who at 12 years old has already won a BBC Audiobooks "Voice of Bath" competition, and he does an amazing job with reading Philip Noble's story. He's grieving, confused, angry, and desperate, and every single emotion comes through in the audio version.

Whether you read reviews, plot synopses, or what, literate readers will recognize this as straight-up Hamlet, which does lead to few surprises down the line. (Aside from the Noble family themselves, two of Philip's friends are siblings Leah and Dane.) Still, the plot pulls along, and the reader is just left hoping, hoping, something will be different from the source material. (Whether it is or isn't is not for me to tell, though!)
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  librarybrandy | Mar 29, 2013 |
very unusual book, told from the point of view of an 11 year old boy whose father, who died in a car accident, returns to him as a ghost, wanting the boy to avenge his death by killing his uncle. I listened to this as an audiobook, and the young reader was fantastic. The language was believably pre-adolescent, with moments of vividly descriptive and beautiful prose. Rough tale.
  mochap | Jan 29, 2012 |
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The story of Hamlet is not usually thought of as one meant for laughter. But Matt Haig's able retelling of the tale in The Dead Fathers Club will make you laugh, though it might also evoke a tear. Eleven-year-old Philip Noble is at his father's funeral when who should appear but his father's ghost, who wastes no time in telling Philip that his Uncle Alan, an auto mechanic, tampered with his car, causing the accident that killed him. He warns Philip that Uncle Alan will shortly be tampering with his mother too, because Unctuous Uncle Alan wants the pub that Philip's father owned.

The solution to this problem, according to Philip's dad, is that he must kill Uncle Alan. If he doesn't do it before Dad's next birthday, 11 weeks away, Dad will be consigned to the Terrors for all eternity. Philip agrees, in principle, but killing someone, especially without getting caught, isn't easy. But a promise is a promise, so Philip gives it a whirl, in fact, several whirls. Real life interferes in the persons of two school bullies, truly nasty and perverse thugs, who seem ready to kill Philip because they think it's funny that his father died. Philip also falls in love, and his Ophelia (named Leah) thinks that shoplifting is tons of fun. Poor Philip is in over his head in every way possible. There are many encounters with other Dead Fathers in a great sendup of ghostly dealings, Hamlet-like, on the moors, and several sly references to the play. There is even a character named Dane. The ending is not pure Shakespeare, but it is pure Haig and that is very good indeed. --Valerie Ryan

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Introduced to the Dead Fathers Club of murdered men by the ghost of his late father, eleven-year-old Philip Noble learns that his uncle, who has designs on Philip's mother, murdered Philip's father in order to get his hands on the family pub.

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