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Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell

35 reviews

have_a_doris_day's review

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dark emotional reflective sad tense slow-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? Yes

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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ntvenessa's review

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

4.5

A moving fictionalisation of Hamnet Shakespeare's life and death, and the grief that haunts his family, particularly, his mother. It is atmospheric and O'Farrell is incredibly skilled to breathe life into the scant historical details that survive today.

"I am dead:
Thou livest;
... draw thy breath in pain,
To tell my story"
Hamlet, Act V, Scene II

Stunning.

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kaitlinlovesbooks's review against another edition

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emotional 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? Yes

5.0


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mmccombs's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot

5.0

I felt chills as I read those final pages, this book was just as good as I hoped. This story felt so grounded in its time while also remaining so timeless and universal. A plague novel is obviously very fitting right now, this made me feel like time was folding in on itself to result in something doubly impactful. The writing was beautiful and every detail felt so well researched, I almost could see myself in the Henley street house, in Agnes’ garden, in the streets of Stratford. I absolutely loved everything about this, I understand the hype!

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lena_and_her_books's review

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emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? Yes

5.0


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bethshuff's review

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emotional informative sad tense 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? Yes

5.0


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gretasbookshelf's review

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relaxing sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.0

Quick and fun read, nothing special

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linesiunderline's review

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emotional reflective sad medium-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

5.0

A sensitive exploration of loss and grief, with masterful prose. This is an immersive and incredibly moving slim novel. And that ending is perfection.

“Every life has its kernel, its hub, its epicentre, from which everything flows out, to which everything returns.”

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gigimussolin's review

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adventurous emotional inspiring mysterious 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? No

4.5


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