This is my first book from Fredrik Backman and I don’t know how to describe nor to express how painful and nostalgic this book is. I think Fredrik Backman is trying to capture the raw feelings and emotions of a person into writing which is brilliant. The book started with nostalgia, like the movies that were narrated in third person point of view. With just a paragraph in the start of the book, I’m sold. How come this author knows how to make a person interested in his book?
Maybe it is because of ideal? Or the message that he wants a reader to pick up along the way? Or maybe he just wants us to see the bigger picture of reality in his book. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer is set with a Grandson and a Grandfather. They are pretty similar. I mean, both characters have their own distinct personalities that make them familiar. Isn’t that what real life is? You don’t have what your father or your mom likes. Sometime in between, we feel connected with our grandparents and most of the time we feel like our parents don’t understand us. Personally, I agree. Because that is what I see in this book, it dwells on how life is a cycle that most of the parents and their child has a conflict of interest and most of the time, the grandparents and the grandchild connected at some point.
This book speaks a lot of regrets, longing, what ifs, hopefuls, and must have been. It talks about how life wasted in a blink of an eye without watching his son growing up because he was busy giving them a life. And the cycle repeats because that’s the only thing that they know how to provide life. Kind of sad because at some point you could see the child wanting – wishing for his father’s attention and time. And what is painful in this book is the factor that aging – being old is the indicator that you are going to leave this life. They talk about this in a child approach but if an adult would read this, this is definitely a painful one because it could hit the core.
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer is a beautiful book that shows the true color of life. The combination of love, sadness, perspective, and realizations are on point. It is not just a novella, it is a story of life in papers that has magic in its words.
MY RATINGS: 5 STARS!
QUOTES FROM THE BOOK
- Isn’t that the best of all life’s ages, an old man thinks as he looks at his grandchild. When a boy is just big enough to know how the world works but still young enough to refuse to accept it.
- “When a star fades it takes a long time for us to realize, as long as it takes for the last of its light to reach Earth.”
- “When a brain fades it takes a long time for the body to realize. The human body has a tremendous work ethic; it’s a mathematical masterpiece, it’ll keep working until the very last light. Our brains are the most boundless equation, and once humanity solves it. It’ll be more powerful than when we went to the moon. There’s no greater mystery in the universe than a human. Do you remember what I told you about failing?” “The only time you’ve failed is if you don’t try once more.”
- “Our teacher made us write a story about what we want to be when we’re big,” Noah tells him. “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?” “Yes.” “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.”
- “It hurts less and less. That’s one good thing about forgetting things. You forget the things that hurt too.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author off A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, and a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm with his wife and two children.