A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
Fredrik Backman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are being published around the world in more than thirty-five languages. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.
Man wird in ein Traumland geführt, welches die Wirklichkeit betrifft. Empfehlenswert für jeden der auch manchmal gerne in eine andere fliehen möchte, die nicht so weit von der Realität entfernt ist. Nachdem ich dieses Buch gelesen hatte, wollte ich auch Großmutter werden.
"One should know one's enemies better than oneself!"
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden
So, first of all, I loved Elsa’s character! She is only seven years old and knows more about Harry Potter and fandoms than I do. She easily has a better vocabulary than I have and she is still so much of a kid and so innocent and so close...So, first of all, I loved Elsa’s character! She is only seven years old and knows more about Harry Potter and fandoms than I do. She easily has a better vocabulary than I have and she is still so much of a kid and so innocent and so close to her Granny.
Her Grandmother is always there for Elsa, protects her and tells her these amazing fairy tales of the Land-of-Almost-Awake. But Granny dies of cancer and leaves Elsa with only a letter. Through the story Elsa finds more of these letters which she has to take to those people her Granny wants to say sorry to.
The plot of this book was amazing. This was one of the few books that I really didn’t have any negative feelings about and that was in a way very satisfying. Elsa has so many great adventures in this book and she gets so many new friends. Also I thought it a lovely idea to start some of the chapters with the fairy tales granny used to tell Elsa, because that way the reader gets to know those tales too. I really liked the book for the special point of view. Although it is written in third person I always had the feeling that Elsa was telling the story. I think I thought that way because her mum is always called Mum and her granny is always called Granny inside the book.
I am so positively surprised by this book and I have no doubt in giving it 5 out of 5 stars. Everyone should absolutely read this book.
("Oma lässt grüßen und sagt, es tut ihr leid": the german title of the book.)