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review 2017-10-30 17:22
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove: A Novel - Fredrik Backman

I read this for my real life book group which met and talked about this book two Monday's ago. Yep, I'm always with the program.

 

There is no point in writing a review for this book since I am still lazy and there are currently 37211 reviews on Goodreads and 141 of them written by my friends alone. This sounds like as good an excuse as any to duck out of a real review and just tell you that I loved it. I loved Ove, I loved his Aggravation Cat and I loved his relationship with sassy Parvenah (sp?) and her family. And mostly I loved that the old grump found a purpose to keep on living which is something so many people never find. It’s just a lovely story. You should read it if you haven’t already.

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text 2017-10-25 16:39
75% Done & no one will let me finish this book!
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

But I wouldn't have it any other way. 

 

 

 

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review 2017-10-18 01:00
Homesteading in Canada.
A Place Called Winter - Patrick Gale

I have had several Patrick Gale books on my shelves over the years but it was not until the author attended our local Literary Festival that I finally got around to picking one up and reading it. What particularly interested me about A Place Called Winter, was that Harry Cane, the lead character, was a real man; in fact he was Gale’s great-grandfather, who emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s. He had been a man of leisure, so it made little sense to the family that he would up-sticks and disappear to the wilds of Canada to become a homesteader, a harsh and difficult life.

 

The author proposes a plausible explanation for Harry's sudden departure. Basing his narrative around what was known about Harry Cane, he smoothly interweaves known facts with fictional narrative to create a seamless picture of a young man struggling with his identity and coping with the pressures of his time.

 

Unfortunately I found this rather a slow read and it took me nearly a month to complete. The story itself was interesting but somehow failed to engage me, although I learnt a lot about the early colonisation of Canada and the hardships endured to create the farms that still stand today.
The descriptions of the land and its people were vivid, and I highlighted several quotes. Unfortunately my Kindle died and with it, my notes.
In spite of my slow progress, I'm glad I read this and will be investigating Patrick Gale's back-list soon.

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text 2017-10-14 04:43
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 368 pages.
A Man Called Ove: A Novel - Fredrik Backman

"He heard Sonja laughing. As if it was pouring out of her, without the slightest possibility of stopping it, like she was being wrestled to the ground by her own giggling. She laughed and laughed and laughed until the vowels were rolling across the walls and floors, as if they meant to do away with the laws of time and space.

 

It gave his heart space to beat again."

 

I'm not crying, you're crying.

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text 2017-10-11 07:27
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 368 pages.
A Man Called Ove: A Novel - Fredrik Backman

Everything about Ove's young years is fascinating so I'm eating this one up. It's so interesting to read about someone so closed to the world, but at the same time so certain about it.

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