There is only one book that I read from Fredrik Backman aside from The Deal of a Lifetime, the other one was And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. And every time I read a book by this author, it doesn’t disappoint me. He knows what aspect of life that people could relate from and where he would pull the pain from. Like his writing, it was addicting, you don’t know that you are already transported from his world. It was good that you don’t know if you should act numb or pained because of the lines that he is trying to send for his readers.
The Deal of a Lifetime is a perfect read on the winter season. It tackles negative memories of a person’s life. A five-year-old kid believing that nurses are the ones who are taking away his loved ones – but in translation, it was their job and they couldn’t do anything since after being sick, unfortunately, they couldn’t survive the disease. There’s this line in the book:
“Kill someone…else,” I begged. She took a resigned breath through her nose. “It doesn’t work like that. I don’t have that kind of influence. I can’t just swap a death for a death. I have to swap a life for a life.“
I mean, can you even with this phrase? It shows two perspectives that the person who is wishing that can you kill someone else just to save this person? But life doesn’t work like that, right? It works miraculously that when a life has been degraded, another life will bloom. Like flowers and trees that bear fruit and seeds as a starting of a new life. Like spiders that lay their egg and soon death will come to them. I am thrilled that I discovered Fredrik Backman’s book. It discusses life in general and it offers a different edge when it comes to opinion. I could totally imagine that his book is on par with Mitch Albom and Paulo Coelho. I really hope that I’m not wrong because I’m really looking forward to his full-length novels!
MY RATINGS: 4.5 STARS.
QUOTES FROM THE BOOK
- Maybe not. Most of us so desperately want to believe that every heart which stops beating is missed equally. If we’re asked, “Are all lives worth the same?” the majority of us will reply with a resounding “Yes!” But only until someone points to a person we love and asks: “What about that life?” Does it make a difference if I killed a good person? A loved person? A valuable life? If it was a child?”
- “I’m going to die soon, Babbit. Everyone dies, it’s just that most people will die in maybe a hundred thousand years but I might die already tomorrow.”
- “No, the majority of people just survive, they think their things have a value but nothing does. Things only have a price, based one expectation, and I do business with that. The only thing of value on Earth is time. One second will always be a second, there’s no negotiating with that.”
- “You’re not scared. You’re just grieving. No one tells you humans that you sorrow feels like fear.” “What are we grieving?” “Time.”
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.