My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

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Given the good parts were a 5 for me, and the bad parts were a 1 for me, I settled on allotting 3 stars which in my world is still a good book. A retired, 77-year-old doctor, who triggered the smoke-alarms at the airports with her smoking in the ladie's room with an open door; was asked to retire after refusing to stop smoking in the operating theater; spilled Fanta on Elsa's iPhone and tried to dry it out in the toaster; climb fences at the zoo in the middle of the night; threw policemen with turds; traveled all over the world to save lives when everyone else was rushing to get out and away from dire war situations. She's so smart and astute that you sometimes forget she's only seven until we see the insecurities and vulnerabilities of a seven year old dealing with her parents' divorce, confronting grief and death and her anxiety over having a half brother or sister and fear that she won't be loved as much .

As Christmas draws near, even the best superhero grandmothers may have one or two things they’d like to apologise for. While this hasn't caused me to drop my opinion of Backman, it made me realize a story needs to work on all levels and elements to truly move or impact me.

And in the end, after all, Backman forced me to ask myself what is wrong with shameless sentimentality when it's this well done? It is narrated from the perspective of a seven year-old girl who is precocious to the point of being unbelievable. Because, as Elsa is starting to learn, heroes and villains don't always exist in imaginary kingdoms; they could live just down the hallway. For Elsa that is her seventy-seven year old grandmother who regales her with stories that become like a secret communication between them. I think this should have been marketed to kids around 7 going on 8, so it would never have crossed my path.

Since my cribbage/domino buddy lent it to me with eager anticipation of my opinion, I decided to carry on. because reading this book feels similar to making a new friend - by slowly getting to know them and then suddenly realising they have found their way into your heart. Both fanciful and farcical , this is a book that makes you both laugh and cry, “My Grandmother sends her regards and apologises” is highly recommended! I really enjoyed this book which is told from the point of view of a 7 year old (almost 8 as she says) girl named Elsa who is unusually clever for her age but in so many ways still very much a child. The novel is ostensibly that of a little girl named Elsa who is seven years old and her beloved grandmother.And I only did it because I told someone I was going to be spending my night reading, and that made me feel pressured to do so. Laura's Little Book Blog * A highly compelling read and it was easy to lose myself in the story * Off the Shelf blog * Told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as [OVE] . Backman's talent lies in creating witty, cynical, elderly characters, which he should stick to because there really are so few books centred around older men and women. It captivated me at first but then I couldn't keep up with the details of the characters and the rules of this complex kingdom. There are clear themes here, nominally: the importance of stories; the honesty of children; and the obtuseness of most adults, putting him firmly in league with the likes of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman.

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