People said Ove saw the world in black and white. But she was color. All the color he had.
It's funny when you know a book has the potential to make you emotional, but you still get punched in the face by the feels as soon as you finish the last pages. Because to me, that's always when the feelings truly hit. When you're done, and there is nothing else you can hear about those characters.
And Ove was an amazing character. He isn't the kind of man one is supposed to love. He is stubborn, taciturn, narrow on his views. And yet he is also loyal, dedicated and very funny with his sarcasm. Ove's heart is too big whether he knows that or not.
I couldn't be more happy with the ending, for the familiar and warming feeling of it. I'm glad we got a definitive tone out of this. Ove and all the other characters deserve it. If you've read this, you know he would be annoyed if he didn't get a definitive ending.
Did I mention there is a cat? A very sassy, clever cat? If the beautiful storyline and well written characters won't compel you to read this, do it for the cat!
Sentence: 10 "getting my kindle wet with tears" out of 10.
Review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2215218725
I don’t think Fredrik Backman and his translators can do wrong. I’ve read all but one of his published works and at least liked all of them . . . and most of them I loved. Published just in time for Christmas, The Deal of a Lifetime is a short story (though it is being marketed as a novella, with an $18 price tag to boot) about a successful father and his estranged son. The story is a letter written on Christmas Eve from the father to his son, in which he reveals all about himself: his triumphs and failures, both as a businessman and a parent.
Like most other Backman stories, this is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, and honest look at humanity and relationships. Written in sterling prose, this whole damn book is quotable. I found myself gasping in shock at least once a page at just how spot-on Backman’s writing is, and how real his characters feel. Though this story clocks in at a scant 66 pages, it has the depth and pay-off of a long novella, at least.
I am usually skeptical of purchasing such little books for hefty prices, but I feel I got my ten bucks’ worth and then some out of this. Backman never disappoints, and this has moved me to read Britt-Marie Was Here before the end of the year. A delightful and melancholy Christmas fairy tale, I suspect I will be reading The Deal of a Lifetime annually. My highest recommendation.