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This book was an interesting read with a lot of emotional scenes that tug at your heart strings. Elsa is a seven-year old that is mature beyond her years. Her wacky but devoted grandmother is Elsa’s best and only friend. Granny (a former globe-trotting surgeon) fills the lonely girl’s world with adventures and stories about the make believe Land-of-Almost-Awake. When Granny suddenly dies Elsa finds that her grandmother has left her a series of letters that must be delivered to the other tenants that live in the same apartment building as Elsa. As written, the letters are apologies from Granny, but they are really a way for Granny to build bonds of friendship between the lonely Elsa and the other tenants in the building. Through the letters Elsa also comes to realize that the make-believe characters in her grandmothers stories are all based on real people and real events. Overall I found the book a thoroughly enjoyable read. It was both funny and heartbreaking at the same time. But while I loved the middle and the end of the book, I found the beginning a little muddled. In the beginning I found it hard to relate to the wacky almost senile character of Granny, and the convoluted stories about the Land-of-Almost-Awake were confusing and difficult to follow. (I actually found myself skimming the sections about Miamas and the Land-of-Almost-Awake. ) But after Granny’s death all those random pieces started to come together in a very structured way. (At this point I had to go back and re-read the parts I skimmed). In the end I found that all of Granny’s madcap actions had a reason, and all her stories had a point. So a very enjoyable read, just pay attention to all those stories that Granny and Elsa tell in the beginning. They really are important. On a side note there is one thing that still confuses me about the book: What was the deal with the Leaseholds? Why would the conversion from flats to leasehold make some tenants a profit and force other tenants out of the building? Check it out!
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged Fredrik Backman (Author), Review
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Backman. I was curious about it because I read his other novel A Man Called Ove which was absolutely delightful. I was not disappointed; in fact, I enjoyed this one as much or more than A Man Called Ove. The book explores the relationship between a seven-year-old and her seventy-seven year old grandmother who is quite a character. These two characters lives are surprisingly entwined with the other residents of this particular apartment house where they live. Also, the grandmother and her grandchild are involved with an imaginary world called The-Land-of-Almost-Awake, its kingdoms, and its inhabitants. When granny dies, seven-year-old Elsa must embark on a quest to deliver letters from Granny to various people living in this apartment house. With the delivery of each letter, we see how the characters are tied to Granny and, in a very entertaining and surprising way, characters in The-Land-of-Almost-Awake. It would, in my opinion, be delightful to actually read this book with a grandchild. I strongly recommend the book and can hardly wait for Backman’s next one. -Read Reviews-
What a book! What a crazy, goofy, wonderful book this is! It is a little difficult to read, but, once you get the hang of it, the author has really captured how a scared and angry little girl named Elsa thinks and feels if a child that age had the insight and vocabulary to do so. Of course, Elsa is "different. " She is brilliant in ways children seldom are, and she acts out in ways that are clearly understood by the adults in her world. This writer is brilliant in evoking an emotion in a person as the reader responds to the little girl’s responses to situations and then figures out what is actually going on through his clever weaving of clues. Elsa’s grandmother dies and charges Elsa with delivering a series of letters that explain things about Elsa’s neighbors and about life itself through her apologies, and as Elsa begins to understand the world around her, so do you. That is because it is a book that draws you into the heart and soul of the characters, and leaves you scratching your head as to how you actually got there. I love this book, and really admire this writer’s talent. I read a lot. Some books are a nice story, some a nice adventure, and some will change your life. And here is a spoiler alert: this is a book that will change your life. Fredrik Backman is brilliant, and he dares to change lives through his writing. He makes it okay to be different, by finding the "different" in us all.