It been awhile since I last posted about a book I read. The libraries here are still closed to the public due to covid19. You can still do curb side pick up, but it doesn’t feel the same. So I went to Barns and noble and brought the the book A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. A Man Called Ove is about living. That life doesn’t stop when you loose your love one. You got to keep on living, evening though your dealing with your grief. Reading Ove, I though of the movie Gran Trio with Clint Eastwood. I don’t why, but that pop in my head awhile reading the book.
This is my second book that I’ve read by author Fredrik Backman, Beartown. The other book I read was My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry. Beartown is a small town whose community care about there passion for hockey and their junior ice hockey team. Competing in the national semifinals game has a lot at stake for the town and for it best player Kevin. For Kevin this is an opportunity to leave a small town and go pro. For the town its a chance to be recognize again as the best hockey town and to bring attention to the town.
With so much pressure on the shoulder of one player is to much to bear for a teenager. It a chain reaction that lead up to a violent act on a younger girl. An act that turns the town against the young girl and their only interest is what best for the town and hockey.
My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry, by Fredrik Backman a book that has a little of everything in it. Family, love, death, fairy tales, life, friends, some laughs. My grandmother asked me to tell you she sorry is just what it about. A little girl name Elsa has a mission to complete, given by her grandmother before she passes on. Their relationship very close that Elsa’s grandmother tell her fairy-tale stories. Elsa not knowing that these fairy-tale stories she has heard from her grandmother are not only made up, but there a connection to her grandmother life and the people living with them that she has never heard about. Throughout her journey of delivering these letters she learns about the secrets of grandmother or mother never told her because she was to young to understand.
Just a few quotes that I like from reading the book.
“Changing memories is a good superpower.”
“If you can’t get ride of the bad, you have to top it up with more goody stuff.”
“If granny is a dysfunctional superhero, then mum is a very fully operational one.”
“Don’t fight with monsters, for you can become one. If you look into the abyss for long enough, the abyss looks into you.”