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3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  965 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Life in his seaside town is uneventful for Hal Robinson, nothing unusual, exciting or odd ever happens to him - until now that is. Until the summer of his 16th birthday when he reaches a crossroads of choices in life. He foolishly takes a friend's boat for a day's sailing, gets into difficulty and is rescued by Barry Gorman. Their ensuing relationship results in a tumultuo ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 14th 1995 by Red Fox (first published 1982)
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Erika
Jul 02, 2015 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
4 stelle e mezzo.

"Siamo quello che fingiamo di essere,
quindi dobbiamo stare attenti a quello che fingiamo di essere."
-- Kurt Vonnegut.


Questo è il primo scritto di Chambers che mi capita tra le mani e mi ricordo ancora della prima volta che l'ho sentito nominare. In molti ne hanno parlato con calore, affetto ed estrema ammirazione. Hanno sottolineato la sua capacità di scrivere romanzi unici, storie che parlano da sole con una peculiare onestà e franchezza. E, ora che ho finalmente letto uno de
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Robbie
Feb 22, 2011 Robbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen-year-old Hal is lazing on his friends sailboat when he capsizes. That's when Barry Gorman saves Hal's life, and the two boys start a friendship. Over the course of the summer, Hal and Barry have adventures throughout their British town of Southend, and their relationship slowly develops into something much more serious. In a moment of intensity, Barry makes Hal promise that if either of them dies, the other one will dance on his grave, giving no explanation. Then the unthinkable happens. ...more
T4ncr3d1
"La sola cosa importante è che in qualche modo sfuggiamo tutti alla nostra storia."

Comincio a chiedermi perché sia così largamente condivisa una certa visione mortifera dell'adolescenza, come se per parlare bene di adolescenza, per capire gli adolescenti, fosse necessaria la morte di qualcuno.
Anche in questo caso, si comincia con una morte già annunciata, per poi procedere a ritroso. Per fortuna, il nefasto evento che detta la narrazione viene accompagnata da un evento molto più singolare e div
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Anncleire
Real vote: 4.5

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“Danza sulla mia tomba” è il primo romanzo di Aidan Chambers che ho scelto di leggere. Avevo sentito parlare di lui in giro per il web, ma non mi ero mai decisa a prendere in mano un suo testo. Averlo ascolto parlare alla presentazione di “Mare di Libri” di quest’anno è stato illuminante, sotto molti punti di vista, e finalmente, uscendo dal tracciato e dalla mia TBR, ho letto questa piccola gemma, che non sono r
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Abby
May 15, 2010 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, glbtq
Originally published in 1982, this British gay teen coming-of-age story was way ahead of its time in its depiction of young queer characters who aren't in the least bit conflicted/ashamed/scared of their sexuality. In fact, it's still more matter of fact about the character's sexual identity than most queer teen books out there today -- rather than making that facet of their identities (and society's response to it) the focus of the novel, Chambers simply allows the story to unfold through the p ...more
Sean Kennedy
I remember reading this book when I was a teenager, and sought it out again. I wish in retrospect the GLBT YA fiction that is out now was around when I was younger, because it seems everything dealing with those issues that was released back then was depressing and didn't inspire much hope. This is another book that deals with the Tragic Dead Gay syndrome - not a spoiler, as you are told this on the very first page. And really, I am over Tragic Dead Gay syndrome. It doesn't help that this book d ...more
Mario
Feb 27, 2016 Mario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non ho parole per descrivere quanto mi sia piaciuto questo libro.
Chambers ha saputo usare brillanti espedienti narrativi per raccontare una storia limpida e vera, con dei personaggi indimenticabili. Ho adorato dalla prima all'ultima pagina questo romanzo e l'annesso dolore che innesta gradualmente dentro di te. Temi trattati interessantissimi, come amicizia, amore, morte. Spunti di riflessione molto ampi.
È stato il mio primo approccio con l'autore, e non vedo l'ora di leggere altri lavori di qu
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Goele Lousbergh
Dec 22, 2015 Goele Lousbergh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I am literally more than twice the age I was when I first read this, and yes, I did still love it, maybe a little but not much less. There is no way of remembering this now, but it seems so likely that this book was the first place where I came across names like Vonnegut, Eliot, and that wonderful poem of Auden which I still adore today. It must be, because the quote "we zijn wie we willen lijken dus moeten we goed nadenken over wie we willen lijken" still comes to me in Dutch. For those lifecha ...more
Marco
May 29, 2014 Marco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allora, premesso che ora amo Chambers e che lo trovo uno degli scrittori di YA più talentuosi tra quelli che io abbia mai letto.
Danza sulla mia tomba è un capolavoro se non fosse per le, mhh, 40 pagine finali che mi hanno lasciato un po' freddino.
Ne parlerò meglio in video, ma comunque rimane bellissimo e VOI NON LO STATE LEGGENDO, LEGGETELO.
Secondo me Breaktime è superiore a livello tecnico, ma Danza sulla mia tomba mi ha colpito un sacco a livello emotivo. Ci son state pagine in cui ho pensato
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Ginevrainalaska
Sep 02, 2015 Ginevrainalaska rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ci sono alcuni libri che riescono a "perseguitarti" per giorni, e forse non smettono mai, visto che basta un niente perché la mente ripiombi tra quelle pagine. Danza sulla mia tomba è stato uno di questi libri per me, e per tanti motivi. Non solo perché è una bella storia scritta bene, ma perché è un libro sull'adolescenza che tratta (finalmente) l'adolescenza nella sua complessità. Il libro parla infatti di tutta la storia che c'è dietro al fatto che Hal, sedicenne, viene trovato a danzare sull ...more
Arianna
Jan 29, 2016 Arianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro mi è piaciuto molto. Non affronta argomenti originali, anzi sono temi abbastanza comuni in un romanzo di formazione, infatti parla della morte, del primo amore, dell’esitazione che si ha quando bisogna decidere il proprio futuro e quindi del bisogno di capire e definire se stessi per poter fare delle scelte consapevoli. Però quello che ho apprezzato è il fatto che intanto è un romanzo di formazione riuscito (cosa non scontata) e poi l’autore parla di questi temi in modo originale, i ...more
Goldie Marie
Mar 31, 2009 Goldie Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing this book is a true work of art, a Mona Lisa ina crowd of bring watercolours. First off I loved the format. Differnt but Famailiar in a mix of the old and the new. I must admit the whole hey maybee I'm gay maybee i sleep w/ a girl tonight kinda irks me; you either like him or you don't, don't play with his emotions. Otherwise it was one of the most fantastic pieces of lit I've read in a while. I recommend Pg:162 paragraph 7.
Gijs Grob
'Je moet dansen op mijn graf' is een jeugdroman, voornamelijk verteld door de zestienjarige Hal, die net klaar is met school en niet weet wat hij met zijn leven aanmoet. Wanneer hij de wat oudere en energieke jongen Barry ontmoet, krijgen de twee een stormachtige relatie, die plots eindigt in Barry's dood. Dit plotgegeven komen we al aan het begin van de roman te weten, maar wat er precies gebeurd is, wordt pas gaandeweg duidelijk. Hals persoonlijke relaas wordt afgewisseld met die van een maats ...more
Marine's Books
Jan 09, 2013 Marine's Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was fourteen, I didn't speak english really well at that time but I know somehow I got the feelings the author put in the book. I didn't get all those words but I could understand the characters and their thoughts about what it's like to be a teenager and all the questions you can ask yourself. I loved it. It has always been one of my favourite books.
Giovanna
Aug 06, 2015 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75

Quante volte avrò sentito parlare di questo libro negli ultimi mesi? Tante. Forse persino troppe.
Non perché Chambers non sia degno di nota, tutt'altro, ma...non sono sicura di averlo trovato poi così straordinario. In realtà sono state le ultime 40/50 pagine a deludermi, perché fino a quel punto il libro mi stava piacendo molto. Diciamo senza mezzi termini che ero pronta a darli 4.5 prima della fine, ma poi...mi ha un po' deluso.

Sicuramente il merito di Chambers sta nel saper parlare di ado
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Jurri Saddler
Apr 28, 2015 Jurri Saddler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I randomly stumbled across Aidan Chambers' "Dance on My Grave" and am glad I did. I immediately found the protagonist, Hal, so engrossing that I couldn't help but develop an insatiable need to know his story-A fact that made me sleep deprived a few times.

That being said, the only drawback I found was at times it felt like the story didn't get as deep as it could have been, or rather certain relationships weren't as developed as they could have been.

That aside, it was a great read. An idea that
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Kate B
Jul 15, 2015 Kate B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of obsessive love that could occur between any two people. Unlike other teen gay books, it's sole focus isn't how the lads feel about their sexuality or how others react to it. Youngsters today will have to take my word for it that gay guys who weren't fretting about being the only gay in the village was progressive for the early 80s. This was back when homosexuality had been legal for a couple of decades (in the UK), but local authorities were forbidden from 'promoting' it. What was the ...more
Lydia
Jan 12, 2011 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-read, ya-lgbt
The full title of this book is: Dance on My Grave: A Life and Death in Four Parts One Hundred and Seventeen Bits Six Running Reports and Two Press Clippings with a Few Jokes a Puzzle or Three Some Footnotes and A Fiasco Now and Then to Help the Story Along. The full title is a much more accurate description of the novel than just the title.

Hal has realized for some time that he desires a "bosom buddy" and has failed to find one. When he meets Barry Gorman, someone he has seen in school but figur
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Paige Horst
Sep 21, 2012 Paige Horst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16+
Recommended to Paige by: Goodreads
Shelves: owned-by-me, yal
After reading the first page of Dance on My Grave, I was hooked. The novels that resonate the most with me are ones with unreliable narrators and a non-traditional or non-linear narrative. The voice of Henry "Hal" Robinson shines through every word of this mid-sized novel.

Told in the form of diary entries, after-the-fact-journaling, newspaper clippings, and official reports from a social worker, the novel plunges us straight into one summer in the life of a boy trembling on the edge of a cliff
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Alessandra
Jul 25, 2013 Alessandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If I die first you dance on my grave".
I read Dance On My Grave in one sitting. It might be one of my favourite Aidan Chambers novels. The full title reflects more on the content: Dance on My Grave: A Life and Death in Four Parts One Hundred and Seventeen Bits Six Running Reports and Two Press Clippings with a Few Jokes a Puzzle or Three Some Footnotes and A Fiasco Now and Then to Help the Story Along.

Hal Robinson is a sixteen-year-old living in Southend, England. He's waiting for the results o
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David Rain
Jun 08, 2012 David Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book when it first came out, started reading it idly, then couldn’t put it down. This is a teenage novel, or young adult novel, of considerable and unusual accomplishment. It’s also a gay novel, a comic novel, and an experimental novel, too. The story is about Hal Robinson, a sixteen-year old schoolboy, and his dramatic and obsessive love affair with the richer, handsomer, older Barry Gorman. On the first page, we learn that Barry is dead, and that Hal has been arrested for dese ...more
Laura
Oct 13, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5 was because it got slow in places, and I lost interest for a while about 3/4 of the way through. However, the ending is perfect and redeems any slow parts. The author, Aidan Chambers, says it perfectly himself in an afterword to the book: "Dance on My Grave has sometimes been called a novel about being gay. That is not how I think of it. To me it is as much about obsessive emotion as anything else. Hal is obsessed with Barry -- or rather, what ...more
Marleen
Apr 24, 2012 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik heb nu twee boeken van Aidan Chambers gelezen. Van beide boeken wist ik niet zeker wat ik nu van de stijl vond. Beide boeken hebben eigenlijk precies dezelfde stijl. Ze hebben ook precies hetzelfde personage. Alleen is het in 'Dit is alles' een meisje en in 'Je moet dansen op mijn graf' een jongen. Maar het is wel een jongensachtig meisje in 'Dit is alles' en een meisjesachtige jongen in 'Je moet dansen op mijn graf'. Beide personages zijn nogal melodramatisch. Beide personages zijn slim op e ...more
Angela
Apr 02, 2013 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting to see how books we loved in high school hold up in adulthood. In this YA novel, Aidan Chambers wonderfully captures Hal's precocious adolescent voice and the cynical and unthinking arrogance that naturally accompanies that precociousness. He also captures first love and first loss.

I first read this novel at 17 in between the stacks in my high school library, rendered a weepy mess at the part you'd expect. What got me emotionally then got me intellectually this time around: the
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SkeletalGarden.
It took me awhile to remember and find this book. I think the only reason I remembered it was because of the title.

When I was in tenth grade Advanced English, we were hauled down to the library one morning and forced to pick a novel from a small pile that was already waiting for us on a table. I stood near the back with headphones on and waited for everyone else to slowly disperse. By the time I finally got to the table, there were only four ratty old books left, and Dance on My Grave was the on
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Nicole
Nov 12, 2011 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who see more clearly than I
Shelves: ya, lgbt-etc, gave-ups
I want so much to like Aidan Chambers! What am I missing??

I made it exactly halfway through the book before I couldn't take it anymore. Parts were so good, but most of it felt like I was trying to see through opaque glass. I got the plot points, I got the basic character outlines, but the details were frustratingly fuzzy. Like I was listening to my friends speak in code with the assumption that I understood, but I didn't really and so I had to pretend I understood and keep muddling though the co
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Will
Jan 30, 2016 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of a Young Adult Lit. class for my masters in English. It's a great book and I think it's still a great book for a teacher to have on their recommendation list for any teen struggling with issues of gender orientation.

I haven't read it since 1990s so it may be dated given how gender orientation issues are more mainstream, but I'm guessing it holds up.
Sara Pasolini
Che dire? Se lo avessi letto a 16 anni lo avrei amato moltissimo. Ora lo valuto appena buono non per colpa sua. Ma per colpa mia. Ci sono YA che possono benissimo essere apprezzati da adulti, e altri, come questo, che non possono. Perché non stanno parlando con noi e lo sappiamo mentre leggiamo. Stiamo origliando una conversazione che non ci riguarda.
Geert Renders
The book stands out with it's unique way of bringing the story, as if it was written by the main character to a person. The book has time jumps, beginning with the ending, but then slowly showing us more details of the events. The storyline and the characters didn't really captivate me, but it was an enjoyable read overall.
Ella
Apr 26, 2016 Ella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eigenlijk een "young adult" boek maar ik heb het toch met plezier gelezen. De vorm waar het in gegoten is spreekt waarschijnlijk de jongeren meer aan maar het verhaal boeit toch zo dat het toch plezierig las.
Het gaat over vriendschap, ontluikende seksualiteit, puberaal gedrag en liefde voor lezen en taal.
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Born near Chester-le-Street, County Durham in 1934, Chambers was an only child, and a poor scholar; considered "slow" by his teachers, he did not learn to read fluently until the age of nine. After two years in the Royal Navy as part of his National Service, Chambers trained as a teacher and taught for three years at Westcliff High School in Southend on Sea before joining an Anglican monastery in ...more
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