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Five Unforgettable Fictional Fathers. It’s Father’s Day!

Five Unforgettable Fictional Fathers. It’s Father’s Day!
Five Unforgettable Fictional Fathers. It’s Father’s Day!

It’s Father’s Day this weekend, so what better time to share five unforgettable fictional fathers!

Some are beloved, some are incredibly unlikeable, but they have all made a lasting impression.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

No list about literary fathers would be complete without Atticus Finch. A single father of two children, Scout and Jem, he embodies dignity, loyalty and morality. He treats his children with the same respect that he expects in return, and yet exudes kindness and acceptance. And he practices what he preaches, setting a wonderful example of standing up for what you believe in.

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Arthur Weasley in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Arthur Weasley, the father of six sons and one daughter, is an unsuspecting hero. At first glance he appears bumbling and a bit of a joke, but he takes his work seriously and when his family are under threat, he is incredibly brave. Arthur sets a wonderful example!

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.

See my complete Harry-Pott-A-Thon playlist here!

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Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

James in Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Peggy is eight years old when her survivalist father James takes her from her home to an isolated cabin in the wilderness, and tells her the world has been destroyed and everyone else is dead. What drives a father to do such a thing? As the years pass and his mental state deteriorates, James is one father you will not forget!

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Nutshell by Ian McEwan

John and Claude in Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan’s reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet has not only a unique protagonist, an eight-month-old foetus, but also some incredibly unlikeable characters. The foetus discovers his mother Trudy is having an affair with her brother-in-law Claude, the foetus’ uncle, and the two are plotting the murder of John, the father of the unborn child.

Claude, the potential step-father (and uncle), is mean and callous, whilst John appears weak and pathetic, but is also just as deceitful as his brother. Whilst the foetus has limited capacity to act on the plans he overhears, he does what he can. Unfortunately he can’t choose his parents!

See my full review here!

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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, by Fredrik Backman

Grandpa, in And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

This short novella holds a very special bond between grandfather and grandson. Noah sits on the park bench with Grandpa. Grandpa is losing his memory, and he teaches Noah about how to say goodbye. This is a beautiful tribute to fathers and grandfathers.

Noahnoah, promise me something, one very last thing: once your good-bye is perfect, you have to leave me and not look back. Live your life. It’s an awful thing to miss someone who’s still here.”

See my full review here!

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Hi! I'm Julia, a lifelong reader, an aspiring writer, medical doctor, and now book blogger, from Queensland, Australia! Go to 'About Read and Live Well' to learn more!

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