The Deal of a Lifetime
"Hi. It's your dad. You'll be waking up soon, it's Christmas Eve morning in Helsingborg, and I've killed a person. That's not how fairy tales usually begin, I know. But I took a life. Does it make a difference if you know whose it was?"
What an opening! As a longterm reader of Backman I've become accustomed to staying perched on my toes; you never quite know what you'll be getting when you step into his version of reality. Will it be the whimsical, heartwarming atmosphe ...more
I liked Susanne’s review which ended in ‘enough said’!
I find the reviews of this novella as interesting as the story.
Many - I mean MANY of us are FANS of Fredrick Blackman...
BIG TIME FANS...ME TOO!!!
So... I’m thinking...GUT HONEST HERE:
It’s my opinion... it would be ‘easier’ to give this book 5 stars if you didn’t pay for it...
BUT I DON’T think I would have...and I LOVE BACKMAN...
This story drove me deep into my thoughts ( a ‘little’ odd - aware of the ...more
I have been seeing this everywhere and decided I had to give it a read.
I love that gorgeous cover!
Honestly I’m not sure how I feel about the story. I’m not going to go into the plot as the description itself is pretty long and goes into quite a bit of detail. I was definitely pulled in from the very first line and enjoyed the story, but just felt a bit like “that’s it?” when it was over. I knew the book was going to be shor ...more
and i would lying if i said i didnt put off this book for seven months, just so i could read it during a time when i knew i would need a small dose of that holiday magic. and there is no one better to deliver that than fredrik backman.
this story is the epitome of christmas spirit - its a story about what it mea ...more
A short novella about the meaning of life, death and sacrifice by Fredrik Backman, one of my all-time favorite authors.
It is poignant, sincere and heartfelt. A quick, easy read. Enough said.
Published on Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter and Facebook on 11.6.17.
Backman continues to amaze-
Every year there are a handful of holiday themed novels I never managed to read before the season was over, and this one falls into that category.
If I had been able to get my hands on a copy before Christmas, I wouldn't have had any problems working it into my schedule. In fact, I would have pushed it to the top of the pile, no matter how short or long it was. But, I missed any and all ad camp ...more
"A second is always a second, that’s the one definitive walue we have on earth. Everyone is always negotiating all of the time. You’re doing the deal of your life, every day. This was mine.”
When you’re used to being charmed by Backman’s characters, by his stories, this one is a bit different. A different slice of life, Poignant, bittersweet, introspective, and yes, charming, but more in the darker slice of life way, still, look beneath, and you’ll find Backman. A story that examines ...more
This is a perfect fit for the upcoming holidays. The Christmas season is a time for caring and sharing, giving and receiving, friendship and fellowship. Often during this time of year we find ourselves considering what we value and what others value. We consider who we are, and what we will leave behind.
We all long for that which we don't have. To go back and make better choices, make up for our mistakes, cho ...more
Dear Mr. Backman,
I purchased and read all your books within a year. How could you take advantage of one of your most ardent fans, by charging me $18 for a not much more than a hardcover greeting card? I've received birthday cards that stirred more emotions within me than "The Deal of a Lifetime." Plus, that title was like pouring salt in ...more
I read this because Fredrik Backman has become over the last few years one of my favorite authors. I read it now because I thought it was a Christmas story, but it really isn’t. It’s a story for anytime, an allegory about how one lives a life, about the importance of knowing what really counts, about love. Moving in many ways, what we have come to expect from Backman. Recommended to all, but especially Backman fans. A very short review, I know but this piece of writing, described as a novella se ...more
In THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME, a man looks back on his life....reflects on what he missed....what is truly important, and with the influence of a little girl decides to make a change.
Just a short novella, but by Fredrik Backman.....always worth my while.
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I honestly don't think there is anyone that can make me cry like Fredrik Backman can. This teeny tiny 65 page novella gave me ALL the feels. I love his short stories with their beautiful illustrations and the gut wrenching "lessons". Backman is by far one of my f ...more
Fredrik Backman, I hate you. Why is it that you make me cry every single time?!
The Deal of a Lifetime is in the form of a letter written by a successful and famous but selfish man to his son. The man has been diagnosed with cancer and he seems to regret having been an absentee father because of his obsession with leaving behind a memorable legacy. His hospital room is adjacent to that of a five-year-old girl's who too has fallen victim to cancer. In his letter, he details the heartbreaking conv ...more
May very well be the last book I finish the year. Mmm... not quite know how to rate. Story is out of the box, weird, emotional. Drawings, especially the double page ones, are beautiful. It just didn't get to me as much as Beartown or Ove. Three stars therefore.... He is definitely an interesting writer, Fredrik Backman. Interested in the two books in his work I still need to read, maybe in 2018...
A short story told about an absent father making a deal for the greater good. The tiny nuances are what stood out for me: the gray sweater, the red thread, the city as it appeared... Backman is such a gifted storyteller and I could just picture him writing t ...more
Nov. 1, 2017: I read this one time through, but I can tell there's more to get out of it that I didn't pick up on. I'm rereading this today, and I'll rate it after an immediate reread.
Nov. 1, 2017 Reread #1: I definitely think I got a ton more out of this the second time around and pulled out a lot of great messages. The ending is very ambiguous, but it allows you to pull different things out of the novella by thinking about the story from different v ...more
A man writes a letter to his son on Christmas Eve. He tells him he has taken a life but before he can tell him whose, he has to tell him why. A noted personality, this man found success in business but all his achievements came at a steep price and its time to pay up.
Fredrik Backman does not dissapoint. I actually planned on reading this novella around Christmas but the book did not a ...more
The framing device is a letter from a dying father on a cancer ward to his estranged son. I won’t say any more because that’d reveal the whole farcica ...more
All proceeds from this book and other novellas written by Fredrik Backman go to charity. 😊
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