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The Deal of a Lifetime Hardcover – October 31, 2017
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"Sweet, sad, but in-no-way-sappy novella." ― Library Journal
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- Publisher : Atria Books; Translation edition (October 31, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 150119349X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501193491
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.5 x 7.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Is the book overpriced for its size? Sure, but I believe Amazon and every other online book store provides you with the details of the book prior to purchasing it. So it clearly says that the book is 65 pages long. If you thought it was too expensive for such a short book, there was no need to buy it in the first place.
I bought it and I read it in 30 minutes. It is a really short book, with illustrations inside that give it the feel of a children's fairytale - although it isn't one - perhaps more of an adult fable. The story is profound. It is painful and it is very true to Fredrik Backman, who does not shy away from any topic, no matter how difficult it is to read about.
The story plays out like a letter that a father is writing his son. It is an apology. It is a goodbye. It is sad and heartfelt and full of regret. In a span of very few pages, the father makes you hate him, love him, root for him and respect him. You can't begin to understand your own feelings towards this character, but he touches you somehow. He confesses that he's killed a girl. We're shocked. We don't get it. Is it a hit and run? Is he a doctor that made a surgical error? What's going on?
He talks about an older lady in a grey sweater. We sees glimpses of his past. We begin to understand a little more. We now know what this older lady represents. We expect one thing. Another happens.
His foreword at the beginning, in which he talks about the circumstances that led to writing this novella are just as good. Perhaps just as important to read. It really sets the scene for the whole story, and makes you think beyond the characters and into the writer's life, wondering if the story is in any way a reflection of feelings he's had or has been having, of conflicts he's been facing with his own family. Who knows?
65 pages - half of which are illustrations - but he still gets to me. Fredrik Backman is someone I love reading for, no matter how short the story, or how few the pages.
This book made me cry and also caused me to question some decisions that I am making in my own life and try to do better with my priorities. It's a wonderful thought provoking story.
Backman is amazing!!! This is the fourth book of his that has completely blown me away. Here he manages in just 65 pages to capture what really matters in relationships. However, the novella left me feeling at a loss, and I cannot put my finger on exactly why. If you haven't yet read it, I suggest reading it slowly, pausing, closing your eyes (that's what I did) and taking in the many beautiful, and often heartbreaking moments. Doing that gave me a much deeper understanding of the book.
I've read many review where people expressed anger at having spent $18.00 for this book. When it arrived and I saw how small it was, and how short the story is, I too questioned paying so much for such a short tale. But as they say, the best things come in small packages and I have no regrets about paying that much for something that leaves me with so much to think about. I will definitely reread this novella many times over and maybe after I do I won't feel that nagging loss that I can't put my finger on.
"A second is always a second, that’s the one definitive walue we have on earth. Everyone is always negotiating all of the time. You’re doing the deal of your life, every day. This was mine.”
When you’re used to being charmed by Backman’s characters, by his stories, this one is a bit different. A different slice of life, Poignant, bittersweet, introspective, and yes, charming, but more in the darker slice of life way, still, look beneath, and you’ll find Backman. A story that examines the value of a life, and how, as life goes by, the value we place on things or people in our lives may change, those who value things over love, money over knowing another person may begin to reevaluate their choices. The value we place on the time we are given here should be infinite, even though the time here is not.
”The Deal of a Lifetime” is approximately half the length as last year’s “And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella” (96 pages) It’s a weighty thought for so few pages, and yet Backman manages to wrap it with just the right amount of everything, hope, humour, compassion, and a sense of wistfulness - but still leave us wanting more.
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Backman has a way of writing wherein he just puts his complete heart and soul into his words and it really leaps off the pages; especially with this one and that opening line! Whilst it's a short story you still have no idea of where the plot is going or what is happening until the end. This book is a really poignant tale about what we would do for others; those we love and those we barely know.
There are illustrations throughout this book that really add to the story and really make this book something more special. Whilst this is a very short book it is still one I loved and the design is delightful. I think I could read anything by him and love it.