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Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell

14 reviews

dorsetreader's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5


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lldavey's review

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emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75


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moonybombadil's review

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emotional inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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jenny_wren's review

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challenging dark emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

This is a lovely book but it's just so sad! It speculates on the origin of William Shakespeare's Hamlet based on the very little known about his family. Its written with a dual timeline which explores the early days of marriage and then the later years as parents to young children- Hamnet being one of them. 
I enjoyed this story but found it a difficult read. It's sad- heartbreaking actually but is sensitively written and pulls on the heartstrings! Set in the late 1500's it feels authentic. You can imagine what life was like then, and how hard it was. This is a boom that will stay with me for a long time. 

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helena_sp_07's review against another edition

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challenging emotional inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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sib_reads's review against another edition

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emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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hgallagher's review

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dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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holliesatchell's review

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challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75


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caitlin1066's review

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dark emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

A book I’m sure will become a modern classic in the future. The writing is so lyrical and beautiful and devastating. So many characters but, unusually, I found them easy to remember and recall throughout the novel. A book with little plot but pure pain and heartache, though no tears were shed. A really beautiful book about the family of Shakespeare who have been all but forgotten. And how the death of his son caused the writing of Hamlet (not a spoiler! It’s on the blurb). 

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miserablesplendor's review

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emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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