Britt-Marie Was Here
Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the mor ...more
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I thought his book was wonderfully, sad. I loved Britt-Marie so much. She had these quirks that were in ways sad and in others beautiful. I would love to meet her, God would she give me a mouthful. lol *Possibly one mild spoiler*
She just tells it like it is:
"You have a very modern hairstyle."
"What? Oh. Thanks," she replies, her fingertips moving self-consciously towards her scalp.
"It's very courageous of you to wear your hair so sho ...more
Throughout this charming-tender-story, *Britt-Marie*, often reflects on her husband, Kent, who she walked out on after 40 years of marriage. She lands a job working as a caretaker at a recreation center, 12 miles away from where she and Kent lived, in a small run-down village. How she got the job is hilarious. Laugh-out-loud funny!
Yet, when Britt-Marie says she misses her balcony, back home, more than anything, it was an early clue to me, that there was some deeper ...more
“One morning you wake up with more life behind you than in front of you, not being able to understand how it’s happened.”
Britt-Marie is a bit OCD and challenged in the social skills department. She's 63 and has just left her husband (who his mistress confirmed was unfaithful as he was hospitalized with a heart attack). She has spent her life deferring her dreams in order to care for others - her husband and his kids and th ...more
I wasn't sure about it for the first 50 pages thinking this character is whacked and do I really want to read about a 64 year old woman who is only just finding herself after years of repression? It turned out, yes I do.
Britt-Marie is a hot mess. She's left her husband - which was well overdue- but is lost in a world nonexistent to others. She's never worked outside of the home and she has cleaning OCD. She's really odd - her thoughts; her behaviours.
You guys. You GUYS! This was one of the sweetest books I have ever read. After reading Fredrik Backman's first novel A Man Called Ove earlier this year, I was contacted by the publisher to read & review his latest release, Britt-Marie Was Here. Even though I wasn't obsessed with A Man Called Ove, I thought it was incredibly quirky, funny and touching, so I figured I would give ...more
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Britt-Marie has been a wife and homemaker for her ...more
Loved it! Britt-Marie is an unappreciated social misfit, overlooked and living in the shadows of people who are more important, much like the author’s famous Ove from A Man Called Ove. She is as stubbornly awkward and set in her ways as Ove.
She wonders why people look offended or startled when she says things to be sociable.
“It’s very courageous of you to wear your hair so short when you have such a large forehead.”
“It was very brave of you, putting that tie on. Because it looks absolute ...more
"You are not alone if someone needs you."
Backman does it again....creates a one-of-a-kind quirky character, but this one just wants to be loved, needed and remembered.
The laughs begin early on as an honest (to a fault) and forthright 63 year old Britt-Marie enters into a conversation with a girl working in the unemployment office. Desperately in need of a job to improve her self-esteem and need to be useful, Britt-Marie unknowingly proceeds to insult the girl with a so-called complime...more
"Britt-Marie would obviously never consider the woman to be "fat," because Britt-Marie is absolutely not the kind of person who pigeonholes people like that, but it does strike her how wonderful it must be for the woman to go through life so untroubled by her cholesterol levels."
Again, you see, it's just a matter of their being a wrong way to do things and a correct way. A clean, hygienic way. Unfortunatel ...more
Believe it or not, this is my first novel by this author! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about his novels and can’t think of a better way to start off 2017 than by finally joining the Fredrik Backman club!
Brit-Marie was Here is just an all around wonderful story! I laughed, got angry, worried, and cried, but closed the book feeling like I’d been on a special journey with Britt-Marie in her quest for purpose, belongin ...more
Sixty-three year old Bri ...more
A Man called Ove was one of the most pleasant surprises I had about a year ago, during the winter holidays. It felt like it was custom-made to 'restore my faith in humanity' as Roger Ebert puts it in some of his movie reviews. A cantankerous old man who only wants to be left alone to die in peace is brought back to a sense of belonging to a small community by a series of oddball neighbours. I decided this Christmas to see if Backman is a one-hit-wonder, or if he can weave his magic for m ...more
“’Milk and Sugar?’ the girl asks, pouring some coffee into a plastic mug. Britt-Marie doesn’t judge anyone. Far from it. But who would behave like that? A plastic mug! Are we at war?”
Britt-Marie begins this journey as a 63-year old woman who has just moved out of her flat w ...more
Old OCD Lady blah blah blah, looking for a job, blah blah coming to crappy town, blah blah blah, talking to rats(?) cleaning the shit out of every floor she steps on; coaching soccer in town full of half or full blown orphans; blah blah blah; they win their little tournament and everyone lives happily ever after. (The last part about winning I made up based on every movie I've ever watched where team of losers, worked hard and won because tha ...more
Readers first met Britt-Marie in Fredrik Backman's last novel "My Grandmother as ...more
Britt-Marie is difficult, frustrating and socially awkward. She is also insensitive and kind of rude. A minor character in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, Britt-Marie was instantly disliked in that book and is not well liked in the beginning of this one either. However, Fredrik Backman has this endearing way of making old curmudgeons likeable and being extremely successful at it (i.e. Ove and ...more
Britt-Marie was in Fredrick Backman’s previous release My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. That was a brilliant book, but unlike Ove and Britt-Marie, it concentrated on a young (gifted) little girl. The striking thing for me about Britt-Marie (and Ove) is how much I related to the realness of these older characters. I see a lot of myself in them. Not to say I am like them, but so many of their b ...more
There is one important fact that I knew before I got 30% into this book
Kent is an entrepreneur you see, and he says.....
I really hated Kent, loathed him in every way possible, because you see he is an entrepreneur. I wished him broken bones for smelling like perfume. I wanted his body covered in boils for the voice on the phone.
Britt-Marie was a special friend who needed sheltering from the world she was thrust into so abruptly. In her 60's she was almost child lik ...more
'If you merely drive through Borg its easy to notice only the places that have been closed down. You have to slow down to see what's still there. There are people in Borg. There are rats and Zimmer-frames and greenhouses. Wooden fences and white jerseys and lit candles. Newly laid turf and sunny stories.'
This is no doubt true of many small towns around the world, but Borg is the unlikely place wher ...more
Backman has an uncanny ability to connect different generations. What I like and appreciate the most is that he sees people past their prime.
Britt-Marie Was Here is a good example of Backman's ability to build a story around a sixty-three-year-old wo ...more
A year turned into several years, and several years turned into all the years. One morning you wake up with more life behind you than in front of...more
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