Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?Eggers

Have you ever been led through the dark? You know, when someone holds your hand and walks you through a thick blanket of darkness? Let me give you some examples…

Maybe a smooth boy was trying to be cute when he told you to close your eyes as he walked you into a “private studio” which just turned out to be his room. Or maybe you were at a haunted house and terrified, you pressed your eyes together and screamed in sweat as one of your brave friends led you through the rest of the horrors inside.

I personally have never experienced any of the above scenarios but if you have then great and if you haven’t then great anyways because everyone should read Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers. Instead of hidden terrors (don’t hold me to that) and unoriginal boys, Eggers provides the hand that leads you through the darkness in his script like novel.

Let me explain.

When authors write books, they tend to always include some sort of narration. A narrator tells you about what’s going on, describes settings, tells you about other characters, the works. What sets Dave Eggers’ novel apart is that it has no narrator. In fact, every single innuendo of setting, character names, and plot comes from the character dialogue. Dialogue, which by the way, doesn’t point out which character is speaking.

The book starts off like this:

I did it. You’re really here. An astronaut. Jesus.
Who’s that?
You probably have a headache. From the chloroform.
What? Where am I? Where is this place? Who the fuck are you?
You don’t recognize me?
What? No. What is this?
That? It’s a chain. It’s attached to that post. Don’t pull on it.

As a reader, what really drew me to Eggers’ novel was its ability to break the mold, and its mysterious quality. The story begins media res and continues on into a maze of psychological conversations that sound more like brainstorming sessions than conversations. Immediately after reading the first couple lines, more than a dozen questions came to mind including: Who are they? Where are they? What’s going on?!

From the start Eggers’ held my attention and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a “different” reading experience. To learn more about the other great work he’s done, including co-founding 826 Valencia (a literary nonprofit aimed at developing writing skills in children and young adults), founding the awesome McSweeney’s, and writing a best-selling memoir, google him because he apparently doesn’t have an author website.

For more information on Your Fathers… please visit:

Trust me. It’ll be worth it.



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