This is a book I KNOW I'll give 5 stars to... when I read it (yes, I know I'm cheating a bit, but I need to get my message across!!! But at 1800/- (with import duty), it's too expensive! Amazon... please listen to all the potential readers in India, and get the paper back/ Kindle version as soon as possible. Fedrik Backman has a big fan following in our country! If you agree with my "review", and want the Kindle version as desperately as I do, please hit the "helpful" button !
I totally love the writing! This is the first book by the author that I have actually finished up reading. I tried reading his most popular book...yes, that one but I was just not getting into it. This book deals with old age dementia and is chiefly composed of day to day dialogues between the old man and his grandson, Noah; between him and his son, Ted.
I loved the illustrations! Tiny, yet heart-wrenching colourful!
I have got some of the most unforgettable quotes from this read:
'The amount I love you the sky will never be that big.'
'Almost all grown adults walk around full of regret over a goodbye they wish they'd been able to go back and say it better.'
'My memories are running away from me, my love, like when you try to separate oil and water. I'm constantly reading a book with a missing page, and it's always the most important one.'
'It hurts less and less. That's one good thing about forgetting things. You forget the things that hurt too.'
'Not everyone knows that water and sunshine have scents, but they do, you just have to get far enough away from all other smells to realise it. Lakes and thoughts have that in common, they take time.'
'We lived an extraordinary ordinary life.' 'An ordinarily extraordinary life'
''Promise me something, one very last thing: once your goodbye is perfect, you have to leave me and not look back. Live your life. It's an awful thing to miss someone who's still here.''
''It's a big universe to be angry at but a long life to have company in.''
I cannot describe how this novella has given me much to think about life. It's nostalgic. It's sadly funny at times. It's about saying goodbyes But it's never about leaving forever.