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Anxious People (2019)

de Fredrik Backman

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and "writer of astonishing depth" ( The Washington Times ) comes a poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Looking at real estate isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can't fix their own marriage. There's a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can't seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment's only bathroom, and you've got the worst group of hostages in the world. Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them-the bank robber included-desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next. Rich with Fredrik Backman's "pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature" ( Shelf Awareness ), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope-the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.… (més)
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A bank robber fails, flees the scene, and ends up in an apartment across the street taking hostages. A father/son police duo are in charge of apprehending the criminal. Meanwhile, flashbacks of a psychologist trying to analyze the cold exterior of a successful banker are interspersed with the tale of a bridge jumper and the haunting memories he left behind.

Sound a little convoluted and crazy? Yes, well, that's how this story felt. This seems to be an unpopular opinion, but I wasn't crazy about this book. It redeemed itself in the second half, but the first half was so utterly ridiculous to me that I was ready to throw in the towel. I'm beginning to think I have a love-hate relationship with Fredrik Backman. He writes feel-good stories with quirky characters. I like a certain amount of quirk, but when the characters and plot become so unbelievable it just annoys me. The plot & style of this book reminded me a bit of Carl Hiaasen, an author that I never truly could come to appreciate. Except that Backman does have a way of mixing humor with life lessons that make him endearing to a lot of people. And there were a lot of nice quotable passages and feel-good moments in the second half of the book. So that makes this one hard for me to rate. I'm good with reading a Fredrik Backman novel every once in a while, but I wouldn't say he's an automatic go-to author for me. ( )
  indygo88 | Sep 17, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Nach einem Drittel abgebrochen, bekam einfach
keinen Zugang, der Humor war doch ein wenig zu hölzern und flach. ( )
  truller10 | Sep 11, 2022 |
Nope. ( )
  a10pascal | Sep 10, 2022 |
The juxtaposition of cookies and near-death always makes me think of Stranger Than Fiction, and I would definitely put the two of these in the same genre in terms of how they leave you feeling at the end. The writing is silly, didactic, and touching in turns; it was a great, feel-good read that I would recommend to pretty much anyone.

I spent the first half firmly decided that this was a 3-star book at most: the audio had an annoying narrator (I feel bad saying that, but I can't abide it!) whose character voices detracted from their already-quirky dialogue and made me feel even less sympathetic towards them than I think I was supposed to. The attitudes towards certain people were so harsh and the women characters were so flat I basically decided that if we didn't get a dud of a man I was going to stop listening, and then we did get a dud and I was just like, this is even worse now because the problem isn't that he's misogynistic, just that he's a bad writer. And the first half read like a satire of a society that I'm completely unfamiliar with, so I felt like the tone was critical with no payoff. BUT then the Twist happened and I was like whatttt?? This is a five-star book!! And it wasn't that it was such a wild plot-twist, it was subtle but just important enough that it had me rethinking my own perspective for the first half of the book and feeling like I was seeing everything in a new light. I think I need to go back and read it again to see if Backman pulled it off from the beginning or just ret-conned his way out of it; either way, after that point in the story, I stopped paying attention to the narrator's voice entirely, if that tells you anything.

I think the true mastery of the author and this story is that he sets the reader up to make their own prejudices about the characters and then subverts those through empathetic revelations and literary devices and plot twists, which are convoluted but still somehow very touching and made me cry during the last 4 chapters on my way to work this morning. ( )
  graceandbenji | Sep 1, 2022 |
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This book is dedicated to the voices in my head, the most remarkable of my friends.

And to my wife, who lives with us.
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...dads like teaching their sons things, because the moment we can no longer do this is when they stop being our responsibility and we become theirs. (page 51)
One single bad idea. That's all it takes.
. . . most of us remain strangers, we never know what we do to each other, how your life is affected by mine.
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and "writer of astonishing depth" ( The Washington Times ) comes a poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Looking at real estate isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can't fix their own marriage. There's a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can't seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment's only bathroom, and you've got the worst group of hostages in the world. Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them-the bank robber included-desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next. Rich with Fredrik Backman's "pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature" ( Shelf Awareness ), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope-the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.

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