Beartown by Fredrik Backman
- Published: 2017
- Pages: 336
Going into reading this book, I had read A Man Called Ove and had started Britt-Marie was Here. Both books were full of quirky characters and were darkly humorous. I knew immediately when I started Beartown that it was not like those two, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not.
I loved it. I cannot emphasize enough how much it stuck with me and made me think. Backman uses simple yet beautiful language to draw a town and fill it with color and shading and details that tug at your heartstrings.
In the book, there was an event that occurred that polarized the hockey-loving Swedish town. It brought together people who had nothing else in common and it drew friends and families apart. I live in a small town and I can imagine a similar event would have the exact same effect in this town.
There are a lot of characters in this book. Just like how everyone involved with a hockey team has a role, everyone in the book had a role to play. Backman writes intricate characters who have complicated motivations for their actions (or non-actions). He examines human nature by illustrating moral ambiguities in his characters’ lives.
There are not many books to which I give 5-stars, or that I want to re-read (how would I ever get to all the other books?!), but I will most certainly be purchasing a copy of this book and re-reading it over the years.
Rating: 5 stars
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required.*