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Book Review – and the way home gets longer and longer

“Do you remember what you always said when we went fishing on the island and slept in the tent? There’s nothing wrong with being a bit scared, you said, because if you wet yourself it’ll keep the bears away!”

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Book: And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

Author: Fredrik Backman

Summary: Grandpa spends his days sitting on a bench with his grandson, Noah, in the square. Grandpa tells stories, sharing a full life with his precious grandson. Noah and Grandpa share their love of mathematics. Sometimes, Ted, Grandpa’s son sits with him, and they talk about Noah and their history.

But, slowly, the square is growing dimmer. This area where Grandpa’s thoughts and stories live gets smaller each day. Things begin to fade, and Grandpa, Ted, and Noah must learn how to say goodbye.

My Thoughts: I don’t know about you, but some books go in one ear and out the other. And on the other hand, some books have the ability to stick with us for a long time. This is one of those stick-with-you kind of books. For something so short, I am still in awe of the impact it had.

What I Liked:

  • The story was so simple, so real. There were no great theatrics, but rather the quite overpowering of memory loss.
  • The characters were real. I could see myself standing in the square watching Noah swing his feet because his little legs couldn’t touch the ground. I watched the memories flutter away as Grandpa tried to hold tighter to them
  • Backman really embodied the voices of Noah, Grandpa, and Ted. This may sound cheesy, but he was able to sound like these characters.
  • Because this is the first book I’ve read by Fredrik Backman, I found his writing style unique and appealing.

Things That Weren’t My Favorite:

  • It was so short!
  • It kind of jumped around. This was a unique book, I feel like it was right on the line of a kids book vs. a chapter book. That being the case, there were some sports where separation would have been useful, so it didn’t seem as discontinuous.

My Rating:

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I would recommend this for… ANYONE! Seriously, this book is less than 100 pages. I think the story is powerful and deserves to be read. Saying goodbye is never easy, and memory loss is one of the most heartbreaking ways to have to say goodbye. This book shares what memory loss is like on the inside as well as the outside.

Quotes I <3:

He still remembers what it felt like to fall in love; that’s the last memory to abandon him. Falling in love with her meant having no room in his own body. That was why he danced.

“Do you remember what you always said when we went fishing on the island and slept in the tent? There’s nothing wrong with being a bit scared, you said, because if you wet yourself it’ll keep the bears away!”

Those who hasten to live are in a hurry to miss.

The only time you’ve failed is if you don’t try once more.

“Our teacher made us write a story about what we want to be when we’re big,” Noah tells him. “What did you write?” “I wrote that I wanted to concentrate on being little first.” “That’s a very good answer.””Isn’t it? I would rather be old than a grown-up. All grown-ups are angry, it’s just children and old people who laugh.”

There is a hospital room at the end of a life where someone, right in the middle of the floor, has pitched a green tent. A person wakes up inside it, breathless and afraid, not knowing where he is.  A young man sitting next to him whispers: “Don’t be scared.”

Tell me your thoughts! Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Do you feel the same way as I do? Is it something you would read? What about the author? Read anything by him before?

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