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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry (2013 original; edició 2016)

de Fredrik Backman (Autor)

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Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.… (més)
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Títol:My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
Autors:Fredrik Backman (Autor)
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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry de Fredrik Backman (2013)

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Elsa is a smart 7-year-old who's regularly bullied at school and whose best and only friend is her grandmother. Elsa's grandmother is, to put it mildly, a handful. There is always adventure to be had when she's around, and Elsa particularly loves her stories, set in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas.

When Elsa's grandmother dies, Elsa learns that she's left her one last adventure, a series of letters that prompt her to gradually get to know the residents of her apartment building better and find out more about her grandmother's past.

I read this for a book club meeting. I liked Backman's A Man Called Ove despite myself, and I thought the same thing might happen here. However, I found that I much preferred Backman's old man protagonist over this book's child protagonist.

Everything in this was just a little too much. Elsa was keenly, unbelievably perceptive, except when the story needed her to not be. And it was obvious from the start that the Land-of-Almost-Awake stories had a basis in real life, so I got a bit tired of Backman repeatedly giving readers more of those when what I most wanted to know was what they were really about. The best part of the book was the last 50 pages, and unfortunately by that point it had worn out its welcome.

I know I was probably supposed to just accept the dog portions of the story as they were and not question any of it or think about it too much, but I couldn't help it. When it was shut up all alone in an apartment, where did it do its business? What did it eat? And speaking of eating, oh my God the stuff Elsa fed this dog. How did it survive? How did it not have diarrhea all over everywhere? The only way I could maybe have accepted it all was if it turned out that Elsa's reality was, in fact, partly fantasy - for example, if the Kingdom of Miamas were somehow a real place and the dog were truly a wurse. But that wasn't the case, and so I can only think of the wurse as a dog that was fed nothing but snacks.

Elsa was a frustrating character, and I found myself sympathizing more with her mother, who'd spent years either having to do without her mother or cleaning up after her mother's messes, and who then had to put up with a daughter who accused her of not caring about the death of her own mother. Which maybe wasn't fair since Elsa was technically seven, but whatever.

This book felt like it was trying for the same quirky and complex characters as A Man Called Ove, but without the same level of emotional believability. Britt-Marie, for example, supposedly essentially raised Elsa's mother, Ulrika, but, beyond Ulrika's sense of responsibility towards her, they didn't feel the slightest bit like surrogate mother and daughter. This was especially odd when you considered that Britt-Marie desperately wanted children. You'd think she'd have shown more of an attachment to Ulrika, and to Elsa by extension.

I know my review probably doesn't sound like it, but I don't think this was necessarily a bad book. It just didn't do anything for me that A Man Called Ove hadn't already done better.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Nov 27, 2022 |
“Fears are small, fiery creatures from the Land-of-Almost-Awake, with rough pelts that coincidently look quite a lot like blue tumble-dryer fluff, and if you give them the slightest opportunity, they jump up and nibble your skin and try to scratch your eyes. Fears are like cigarettes, said Granny: the hard thing isn’t stopping, it’s not starting.”

Touching story about Elsa, a precocious seven-year-old girl, grieving for her grandmother. Elsa is bullied at school and her parents have divorced. She recalls her grandmother’s stories in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, which help her deal with her fears. She interacts with people and beasts in her apartment building, delivering messages of apology on behalf of her grandmother.

This book will require a rather large suspension of disbelief, since there are few, if any, young children with the mental capacity exhibited by Elsa. All primary people and magical creatures are provided a backstory, and these are interrelated. I liked it but have enjoyed others of Backman’s books more, such as A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here, and Beartown.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
This was going to be a 5-star book for me. But it got too sad for a bit, and I really can't give 5 stars to a book in which a dog dies. Especially a dog as awesome as the wurse. Sorry. I just can't do it. But I really did enjoy it a lot more than I expected to, and will probably read Backman's other books as well as a result. ( )
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Loved all the characters and fantastical elements of this book. Would have been perfect if the wurse had not been killed. I was so sad reading that chapter I could barely go on! ( )
  mabeling | Sep 7, 2022 |
Estive imenso tempo a tentar decidir que pontuação dar a este livro. (Penso que seria um 3,5)

Foi o primeiro livro que li de Fredrik Backman, depois de ouvir muito bem sobre os livros dele. Por ter lido tanto e tão bem sobre o autor, achei por bem comprar 2 livros dele antes de tentar primeiro. E não é que estava a ver a minha vida a andar para trás?

A Minha Avó Pede Desculpa chamou-me a atenção logo pelo título e, quando li a sinopse, achei que podia ser "O" livro - conta-nos a história de Elsa, uma menina de 7 anos (quase 8!), cuja melhor amiga era a sua Avozinha. Aliás, pode dizer-se que era a sua única amiga. A Avozinha era um pouco… doida, mas contava uma eternidade de histórias a Elsa sobre reinos inventados. Quando a Avozinha morre de repente, deixa umas quantas cartas a Elsa para ela entregar pelos vizinhos, de forma a que possa pedir-lhes desculpa.

Demorei imenso a ler este livro porque me custou imenso a entrar no mundo de Elsa e da Avozinha. Houve alturas em que quis pousar o livro porque estava farta de ver a Elsa a falar em código - eram tantas coisas que eu já não me conseguia lembrar o que era o quê. Acima de tudo, tive muitas dificuldades (mas muitas mesmo) a gostar de Elsa. Achei-a uma miúda de 7 anos (quase 8, sim, já sei) cheia de si mesma, uma sabe-tudo, que conseguia ser super irritante. Se calhar por ser um pouco a versão de mim mesma com aquela idade, mas com mais acesso a tecnologias.
Não conseguia entrar naquele mundinho dela e da Avozinha nem por nada… até que houve um clique. Quando finalmente tudo começou a fazer sentido, a mensagem do livro começou a entrar (e as lágrimas a sair). Gostei mesmo muito da Britt-Marie e quero saber tão mais sobre ela. Já sei que quero ler Britt-Marie Esteve Aqui, do mesmo autor, no mesmo "universo" deste livro. Foi uma história sobre comunidade e família, mas sobretudo sobre o quão bom é todos sermos diferentes, mas especiais à nossa maneira. ( )
  helloitsrafaela | Aug 22, 2022 |
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A contemporary fairy tale from the whimsical author of A Man Called Ove (2014)...This is a more complex tale than Backman’s debut, and it is intricately, if not impeccably, woven. The third-person narrative voice, when aligned with Elsa’s perspective, reveals heartfelt, innocent observations, but when moving toward omniscience, it can read as too clever by half. Given a choice, Backman seems more likely to choose poignancy over logic; luckily, the choice is not often necessary. As in A Man Called Ove, 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.

A touching, sometimes-funny, often wise portrait of grief.
 

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Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

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