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About the Author
- File Size : 2041 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 349 pages
- Publication Date : September 8, 2020
- Publisher : Atria Books (September 8, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B082J5KYG6
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Perhaps this is a story about a hostage situation, anxious people, idiots, an apartment viewing, a police investigation, a bridge.
Perhaps this is a story about human relationships, which is something Backman writes about masterfully. This one was no exception, I laughed, I cried, I savored every word and page. Another brilliant novel by one of the best!
A bank robbery that never becomes a bank robbery. A hostage situation that might not be a hostage situation. Yet, there is intent, a mask, and a gun involved.
Eight stranger's anxieties that are all in one apartment viewing when a masked individual walks in, a suicide, a psychologist, and two cops trying to get to the bottom of it all, becomes the perfect mixture for a good novel.
Surprisingly funny and sad with moments of revelation is what Anxious People delivers to this reader. I became engrossed in the life of these people. How fate has put them all together in one place to bring out all of their issues into the open.
Anxiuos People has a true message. A good person can make a bad decision. Should the bad decision define us? Should we get a second chance? We have all been "idiots" at one point. Right?
I encourage people to read this book. It is not the usual prose I'm used to but it works nonetheless.
This is one of my many highlights, "Grandchildren would make him feel important?” Anna-Lena smiled weakly. “Have you ever held a three-year-old by the hand on the way home from preschool?” “No.” “You’re never more important than you are then.”"
I’ve read most of Fredrik Backman’s books and this one is very on-brand for him. The writing is sweet and funny and has heart. It’s full of zany characters who connect through a series of extraordinary coincidences. There’s the curmudgeon (or two) with heart of gold and the flighty young person (or two) with more sense than it seems. Lots tragic backstories and dead loved ones who seem alive until the author informs you otherwise. The ending is happy. You’ll feel things. You might even cry.
I don’t think book is as good as some of Backman’s previous efforts (“A Man Called Ove” and “Beartown”). The concept is good: the world’s most reluctant bank robber accidentally robs a cashless bank and winds up taking a group of people at an open house hostage, and they are the worst hostages ever. It’s just a tad too much. Too much coincidence. Too much cuteness. Too many many aha! moments. I know what I’m getting into with Backman, but this book could have benefited from just a touch of realism.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, some parts more than others. I think it’s worth reading, but if you’re new to Backman, pick up “A Man Called Ove” instead.
I loved the way stereotypes were broken and I loved the way the author tied everything together. If you want a heartwarming and entertaining book this is the one you should choose.
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