And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.
With all the sam ...more
I'm finding it difficult to know what else to say besides what a beautiful, beautiful story , so full of love and life , even in the wake of loss . What it's about is best described by Backman himself in his letter to the reader at the beginning.
"This is a story about memories and about letting go. It's a love letter and a slow farewell between a man and his grandson, and between a dad and his boy. I never meant for you to read it, to be quite honest. I wrote it just because I was trying to sor ...more
A beautiful and poignant novella. A story that will tug at your heart and make you realize perfectly what can happen when you get older, and what may happen with your mind, and how it affects your family as well as yourself. The author explained the shock, grief, joy, and love of both living and leaving by the generations in a most beautiful and expressive way. It is a story of compassion, strength in family ties, and will r ...more
It's the story of a grandpa and grandson - and their shared love of mathematics and how grandpa tries to define what is happening to him while wrestling with the fear of memories beginning to fade.
My own father was diagnosed with it 2 years ago. It has been difficult to watch the progression of the disease as his recognition of me has gone from hi how are you a ...more
There's 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."
This is such a sad little story but with BIG heart. And the sad thing is that these things are true. So many people have went through this with family members. My grandma is forgetting things. Life isn't fair.
The little boy Noah is a wond ...more
Beautifully written, heartrending novella-
It’s an awful thing to miss someone who’s still here.
How to say goodbye when your mind wears out before your body does? Grandpa feels an urgency to explain things to his beloved grandson, but is finding it to be a difficult, bittersweet task.
Yet, wiser than his years, the grandson understands, and patiently, though at times fearful, helps his gran ...more
Some books should come with instructions, this is one of them. Here's my instructions to you: Plan on crying. Have tissues handy.
Fredrik Backman has done it again. I usually stay away from people who intentionally make me cry, but Backman pulls me back over and over again. If he released a new book tomorrow, I’d likely read it tomorrow. He brings me people who make me smile, and laugh, and whom I cherish even if I can’t call them on the phone. And yes, sometimes they make me cry.
At 96 pages “A ...more
This novella broke my heart in pieces for all the people suffering from dementia and their families. There are no words that can fix such a situation, nothing to stop the loss of memories or mind and no way the family can put the brakes on what they know is happening to their loved one. Backman made this so real that it hurt. I can only hope and wish that everyone might have a family like the ...more
"Noah holds the old man's hand, the man who taught him to fish and to never be afraid of big thoughts and to look at the night's sky and understand that it's made of numbers. Mathematics has blessed ...more
......My God... as absolutely beautiful that this novella is, filled with insights and inspiration.... I thought "It's possible, this is going to be the first Backman book where I'm not going to cry". WRONG! Maybe a few readers will have teary-eye.
Me... I want to 'gush' at the end. 'Something' hit a nerve.
Fredrik Backman's writing is such a HUGE GIFT to many!!! He is to me. Sometimes, I fall hard - 'feel' deeply.
Maybe it's the mood I started with - or maybe feelings c ...more
I’m serious. Look away right now. This review is for my and possibly Fredrik Backman’s eyes ONLY. Or, like, Rihanna, if she so chooses, but only because I could never say no to Rihanna. She has the face of an angel.
But everyone who ISN’T the single most beautiful living person or a charming Scandinavian author, NAVIGATE AWAY RIGHT NOW.
Now that everyone is gone…
THIS MADE ME SO SAD.
It turns out I have feelings after all.
This was way too short (hence why I read it at th ...more
"The worst part about growing old is that I don’t get any ideas anymore.”
Woe is the reader who isn’t weeping! That’s me. My tear ducts were dry as the Mojave Desert. I feel like a weirdo because so many people reviewing this book said they sobbed uncontrollably. I have to remind myself that some books DO make me cry; this is just not one of them. And this novella IS very sad, as we listen to a brilliant and loved man who has Alzheimer’s talk to his grandson, Noah. But—and I really sound cold-hearted here, I know—for me I think my saddest moment was realizing that ...more
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 yo ...more
AHHHH. It's just so well done on every level and I just really think he achieved what he wanted to do with this book. I mean... my eyes are still puffy from crying. Someone said this book gives them UP (the disney movie) vibes, and honestly, I agree.
“That’s why we get the chance to spoil our grandchildren, because by doing that we’re apologizing to our children.”
The way it’s written just makes you so absorbed and it just resonated deep within me because ...more
In this incredible novella, Grandpa and Noahnoah (his grandson) have a very special relationship. They understand each other perfectly. It is this perfect relationship, that makes Grandpa's plight harder and harder each day. Harder because at first, Grand ...more
I just don't know what to say.......except that I loved every expressive word of love, and every shared memory in this beautifully written novella.
When Fredrik Backman writes, he really knows how to bring the characters to life and make the reader feel their emotions like they were your own.
I just want to send a balloon way up into the sky.......
Don't miss this one, and keep the tissues handy!
(Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books for the ARC!)...more
If you have seen TAARE ZAMEEN PAR then you would know the above scene
It is so heartbreaking that I cry every single time I see it
That's how I felt while reading this book
I wasn't just crying...I was sobbing
Like I nearly cried myself to sleep
But this crying felt good...I know it sounds weird but let me explain
When some books make you cry ......there is this uneasy feeling
So not only do they make you cry ...the sole purpose of ...more
This less than one hour read delivers a treasure trove of beautifully drawn themes to the reader. In a most poignant manner it addresses the fear of not only growing old, but of losing precious memo ...more
A short (under 1 hour) story that I listened to while cooking up a big pot of corn chowder this afternoon. I could blame all the tears on my onion chopping, but, really, this is a heart-tugging sweet tale will make even the darkest soul melt into a big old mush melon.
Narrated by the talented David Morse, this is a man at the end of a long life. As he looks backwards at his regrets and loves, you see that life is nothing more than thousands of tiny moments. What makes this story stand ...more
The morning I read this to my husband was also the occasion of our only grandson’s first birthday. I made it almost all the way and then had to hand it over for him to finish. Throughout the story, as Grandpa talks and struggles to remember for Noah, his eyes keep getting blurry. That’s what happened to me through the whole forty-five minutes of this little gem. We’re not so young anymore and are oh so aware of the ticking clock in the room. I seriously imagined that Mr. Backman wrote ...more
I think this is definitely a read that will hit some more than others. With a grandfather who remembers me only occasionally when I visit him, this hit me really hard and boosted my love for it. The actually story and writing is what I expect from Fredrik Backman after read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. Moving. It's written mostly with the grandfather, and as such, the story can jump around as Grandpa grasps at memories that he's having ...more
A Beautifully written and thought provoking story that made me realise the pain and struggle that is a reality for so many people today and everyday who suffer or watch a lovd one suffering from dementia or Alzheimers and I think everyone who reads this book will know someone who has been punched by this condition.
I listened to this one on audible ...more
This was both heartwarming and heartbreaking, maybe made more so now that I'm a grandparent myself. This was a lovely way to spend an hour or so. Highly recommend! ...more
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Articles featuring this book
"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."
"Did you write that?"
"What did your teacher say?"
"She said I hadn't understood the task."
"And what did you say?"
"I said she hadn't understood my answer.”