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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

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What stands out in my mind is that I was able to finish this book when I was finishing literally zero books.

Britt-Marie, one of the busybody neighbors who would have been a perfect murder victim in a Inspector Poirot murder mystery, had everyone up in arms with her nosy interference.The novel is ostensibly that of a little girl named Elsa who is seven years old and her beloved grandmother. Creating fairy tale-metaphors for little Elsa, was her grandmother's way of teaching the hard realities of life in story form to the little girl without friends. 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. The northern European based Nordisk Film acquired the rights for the book for development in May 2018.

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!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 . For Elsa that is her seventy-seven year old grandmother who regales her with stories that become like a secret communication between them. In parallel, we get stories from The Land of Almost Awake, a fantasy creation of Elsa's grandmother to draw her away from her tough life and keep her entertained.

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