- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1321 KB
- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre (3 May 2016)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01921JTMW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1,937 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the Back Cover
Britt-Marie is an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, or fussy, or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We're not animals, are we?
But behind the pedantic, passive-aggressive busybody is a woman with more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.
So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of twenty years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater of Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local children's football team, she is a little unprepared...
Blending heartbreak and humour as only Fredrik Backman can, Britt-Marie Was Here is the finest novel yet by a modern master of storytelling.
Praise for Fredrik Backman's novels:
'Delightful... a perfect holiday read' Evening Standard
'Warm, funny and ultimately almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail
'Uplifting [and] life-affirming' Sunday Express--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The story is about Britt-Marie who loves everything to be just so, especially the cutlery drawer (which I can relate to). She is quirky and tells things as they are. She just can not help herself!
She leaves her husband of many years after his infidelity. She attends the employment agency and gains the first job of her life, just in case she dies and no one notices. She could not bear the mess that she would make, as she explains to the young lady at the agency.
She works at the Recreation Centre in the town of Borg, which has been hit by hard times. Then unwillingly she becomes the football coach, football being what keeps the town together. She meets orphans Sami, Vega and Omar, who make their way into Britt-Marie's heart.
The end of the novel is not really an ending but life as an unfinished business, so there are no 'Happy ever afters'.
A very enjoyable book which is a study in human behaviour. We are more like Britt-Marie than we will admit.
Top international reviews
If this is your first look at Backman I would suggest you start with "A man called Ove" or "My Grandmother sends her apologies". Please give Fredrik Backman a go and I'm sure you'll fall in love as I have.
Initially I found Britt-Marie quite irritating, with her compulsion to clean, and her very black and white views, however it is so cleverly written that you soon see the softer side to Britt-Marie. When her cheating ex husband Kent turns up you just want to shake him.
This quirky lady gets under the skin of everyone in the town of Borg, from the children to the elderly, and before long you realise she is under your skin too.
If you are looking for a book with lots of excitement and adventure this isn’t for you. If you are looking for a beautifully crafted story with lots of true to life characters, and something that will make you think then you will love it.
I get that the place is run down and little happens, but every single character in this tale should have been killed off, just before the author cuts his hands off, so as never to put anyone through such an ordeal again.
O would rather count how many grains of rice are in a sack of it than ever go through the near coma these tedious and unlikeable characters are.
Ove was ten out of ten, this is one out of a thousand.
I would have given it to a charity shop, but decided to rip it up and bin it in order to save anyone from having to go through the tedium of this book.
Not usually so negative, but he has made me hate reading again, so hence one star. He deserves zero but that isn't an option.
At times this book made me wish i was blind or dyslexic.
Can I suggest a sequel Britt-Marie has arrived? I worry for her and hope that no harm comes to her.
For me Britt Marie was the female version of Ove, a character from a book by the same author. Their personalities, their ages, their quirks, their views on the world, their relationships with children, their character development, same same same.
That's not to say I didnt enjoy this, its actually a solid 3 star sunbed read, it just gave me deja vu right the way through which spoilt the overall reading experience.
I sdmire and like his work because amongst all the. bizarre, quirky and sometimes irritating characters, there are truly and deeply touching moments of humanity and life lessons to be learned.
Britt Marie was no Ove, but I enjoyed her and (sometimes) related to her struggle.
Britt Marie was an intriguing character with a gentle strength that really encapsulated her character, even if I did want her to find her inner tiger on occasion!
She was as frustrating as she was endearing but as a reader you could not help but like her and she found a way into my head and heart. Fredrik Backman has a real knack for creating characters that might be very different to his readers but they somehow have a little bit of all of us which means we cannot help being taken into their world. Loved Britt Marie - although Ove is still my number one!