This is such a modern-feeling book for one that was originally published in 1988 (though more recently re-released in 2017). It is a space opera, set in a future governed by two […]
This is a story about death, grief, books, material possessions, mental health, mental illness, zen ideology, hoarding, clutter, consumerism, single parenthood… the list goes on and makes this story sound both expansive […]
This novel somehow manages to feel both huge and intimate. Its mere 255 pages span centuries. We start with Edwin – a man emigrating from England to Canada in 1912, then Mirella […]
This little novella completely floored me. In 114 pages of half-prose and half-poetry, it speaks from the point of view of a bereaved family – boys who lost their mother and a […]
This is one of those rare (for me) reviews splurged out immediately after reading the last line of the book, which is telling to how much I was gripped by The Dance Tree’s final chapters.
Reach for These Great Athenians if you are in the mood for poetry, imagery, beauty, humour, and a sad yet hopeful message, all wrapped up in the weave of myth.
The experience of reading this book was like that of reading a poem or looking at a painting…
This story was ridiculously funny, excruciatingly sad, just hopeful enough.
Fredrik Backman’s prose is brilliant at conveying complex concepts in an engaging and empathetic way.
This is a witty and informative read about a project between friends, which became a successful business, which became a cultural institution.
Tiny things are given space – like the reflection of the bulb of a ceiling light in the screen of a smartphone in the seconds that a character waits for a message response.
I did not find this an easy read but I did find it compelling and powerful.