The Last Family in England
3 journalers for this copy...
Prince is a Labrador and as such strictly adheres to the Labrador Pact ("Remain loyal to your human masters, serve and protect your family at any cost"). But all around him the world seems to be falling apart, and it seems to be the result of the other dog breeds (especially the Springer Spaniels) giving in to hedonism and putting their own pleasure before the well-being of their human families. Prince is determined that his family will remain safe from harm and bad influences. With the help of his mentor, Henry, a much older Labrador, he goes about trying to steer his humans away from danger.
It's a very interesting story, although I'm not sure that it gets the Shakespeare right (I'm not all that familiar with the play, but from the synopsis I got off Wikipedia, there seem to be very few correlations in the book's plot). Shakespeare aside, it's a good, original read. Parts of it are quite amusing and, for a dog lover, it was fun to see the world through the eyes of a faithful family pet. The end, however, was very disturbing - not only the final scene (which is basically revealed at the very beginning of the book), but the events which led to that scene as well. The first half of the book is good, ingenious fun, the second half felt like an unstoppable downward spiral.
Still, it's piqued my interest and now I'm curious to see what Haig has done with Hamlet in The Dead Fathers Club.
More info from the publisher.
I'll be sending this to Eponine254 as part of the South African release relay.
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CAUGHT IN GRAHAMSTOWN EASTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA