Flam Grub by Dan DowhalFlam Grub by Dan Dowhal

Flam Grub

byDan Dowhal

Paperback | June 7, 2011

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What's in a name? Personal misfortune, or so it would appear if your name happens to be "Flam Grub." This touching contemporary novel shows how our lives are entwined with our names and how our destinies are never certain.

Full of humour and sadness, quirky wit, and quiet moments of beauty, Flam Grub tells the tale of a young man's misadventures and his retreat to the security of reading books, work in a bookstore, and a career as an undertaker until fame unexpectedly comes his way.

Both an endearing tale and a shrewd send-up of contemporary life, Flam Grub is the second book from the rich imagination and skillful pen of new Canadian author Dan Dowhal.

Dan Dowhal lives in Toronto and has degrees in engineering and journalism. After 10 years with IBM exploring innovative reaches of new computer technology and its social applications, he and his brothers started their own computer-related business.
Title:Flam GrubFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926577418

ISBN - 13:9781926577418

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark, funny, and highly original Even though it's not your typical page turner (or typical anything) I found it hard to put this book down. The prose was rich, and practically poetic at times. But the real deal here is the title character -- an abused child and hapless young undertaker/poet hero who suffers, contemplates suicide, writes poetry, hates his name, and ultimately triumphs. The book really moved me, and most importantly, entertained me. Plus, anyone who ever had cause to hate their name will find this compulsory reading as Flam Grub struggles with, and triumphs over, his own hated name.
Date published: 2011-06-24

Editorial Reviews

Readers will, I think, find echoes of Charles Dickens and John Irving in the way that this mans life story is told. - Whitehorse Star