This review is Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all books a chance to be ‘heard’!
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Out of all the Fredrik Backman novels, I have read, this is far and away my favorite one (which is no easy contest as ALL of them are amazing). Backman has a unique ability to tell a story that not only teaches us the tender humanity that exists in the world but about ourselves without us realizing it. And once again he has done it with his most recent novel, Anxious People.
The story is all about a bank robbery gone wrong and winding up in a hostage situation. Well, a ‘hostage drama’ as the narrator kindly points out. The bank robber and the other ‘hostages’ are thrown together in an unexpected situation over the duration of one day. Throughout the day they learn about each other and the anxieties they hold inside from the view of others.Anxious People by @backmanland is supposed to be about a bank robbery gone wrong but really is about the anxiousness we all have as normal humans. #contemporaryficiton #fiction #bookreviews #brandisbookcorner Click To Tweet
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It’s difficult to describe this story because it’s really about more than just a hostage drama. It’s about revealing the fact that on the outside, we appear to have it all together when really it’s not that way at all. Really we all have anxieties, worries, and troubles that can be quite out of our hands. And even then what matters is how we handle those negatives.
As with all of his novels, Backman keeps his story grounded in a way we can all relate at some point or another. Together with humor, he shares the realities of being an adult and how we handle life as it’s thrown at us. And at the same time, he addresses the more serious topic of suicide with grace and sensitivity that most authors wish they could achieve.
The chapters are short, viewpoints change, and is a book that’s hard to put down. (I seriously read this book in one day because it’s that good!) Most of all, the topic of suicide isn’t at the front and foremost of the story (it’s really about a bank robbery that really didn’t happen) but is addressed. There were laugh out loud moments as with all of his novels and mixed with sincerity, love, and wholesomeness.
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