Britt-Marie Was Here
Firstly, it surprised me. I…more I actually like the ending precisely because Britt-Marie doesn’t end up with anyone. My reasoning for this is two-fold:
Firstly, it surprised me. I thought she would end up with Sven, too.
Secondly (and much more importantly), I find this unfolding of events remarkable. By choosing to go to Paris (was it Paris? I forget), Britt-Marie does something solely for herself, for the first time in her life. She doesn’t do it because her husband wants her to, or because she feels like she has to. No, Britt-Marie does this because she wants to. Because she has wanted to for much of her life. And I think by choosing this option, which is actually much scarier than staying with Kent or going out with Sven, she grows up. She learns to be her own person. And I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like that.(less) (hide spoiler)]
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
Over the last few years I have read and loved Fredrik Backman’s novels, but I hesitated to read this one because Britt-Marie wasn’t very likable in her brief appearance in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. But then I remembered that I didn’t like Ove very much either in A Man Called Ove until I got to know him and understood his past. I thought it was time to give Britt-Marie a chance and I’m glad I did.
She’s OCD and her husband Kent said that she’s “socially incompetent”. She has ...more
I first met Britt-Marie in Backman’s novel My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. She wasn’t exactly loveable in that book, so I was prepared to meet yet another grumpy and somewhat eccentric character in this one. Well, she was just as I imagined she would be! While I thought perhaps I wasn’t going to be inclined to read an entire book about her royal crankypants ...more
This book starts off with her looking for a job. She hasn't worked in years. She's been a devoted wife, giving over her entire life to Kent. But Kent hasn't appreciated her brand of obsessive loyalty and has had an affair and she has left him. Britt ...more
This is my first Backman novel (I know, I'm behind the times) and to be honest, I was unsure how I was going to feel about this for the first couple of chapters. I actually genuinely liked Britt-Marie right off the bat but I wasn't in a particular mood for something depressing and it felt like that might be the direction this was going to take. I'm very happy to say, I was very wrong in this case.
This is about ...more
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
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
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.
I didnt connect with Britt-Marie as a fussy passive aggressive busybody and while I know other readers might connect or empathize with her I ju ...more
It wa ...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
Britt-Marie has been a wife and homemaker for her ...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
“’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
"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
'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
The thing that had me sceptical was the protagonist, Britt-Marie, who is quite a character! She lives according to rules, traditions and norms, and she constantly worries about what other people think of her. This makes her quite a rude and quirky character that I wasn't sure I was up for reading a whole book about. However, I stuck with it and quickly found myself loving her and her quirkiness - how did that happen?
The things th ...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
My biggest disappointment was with Britt-Marie herself. It was as though the author gave her characteristics, dialogue and a back story designed to provide pathos, humour and quirkiness but forgot to meld them into the one person. She was a conglomerate of separate parts ...more
Sixty-three year old Bri ...more
Britt-Marie loves baking soda and Fredrik Backman loves her name because not only is it in the title but it appears several times on just about every page. In point of fact our author is quite fond of repeats:
“If it’s no bother to you. I obviously don't want to cause you any bother, she adds in a bothered tone of voice. It's no bother at all says the policeman who seems free of any kind of bothered tendencies.”
This of course bothered me quite often so I picked up another book at 40 ...more
|Bound Together: ~~Member's Choice~~ Britt-Marie Was Here||32||70||Dec 09, 2018 11:42AM|
|Inquiring Minds B...: Book Club Meeting tonight 5:30||1||4||Nov 26, 2018 09:24AM|
|Goodreads Librari...: combine editions - I think||3||16||Oct 25, 2018 07:11PM|
|Play Book Tag: Britt-Marie Was Here - Fredrik Backman - 4 stars||4||17||Sep 10, 2018 05:20PM|
|Play Book Tag: Britt-Marie Was here by Frederik Backman 4 stars||6||21||Apr 01, 2018 10:25AM|