Top positive review
This sweet, profound little book packs a powerful punch.
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
Normally I start all my Amazon book reviews saying "brief summary and review, no spoilers." But in this case, that's not really necessary.
This spare, powerful little story is about a grandfather who is "disappearing" from his having dementia and we learn about the bond between him and his young grandson, Noah. He calls the young boy NoahNoah in the book.
Because the story is often told from the point of view of the grandfather as he sees his world reduced and as he "talks" to his deceased beloved wife, the reader is left feeling what it must be like to have this horrible condition. It's really quite brilliant as is disconcerting for the reader. As the author himself says in the beginning introduction:
"One of my idols once said, 'The worst part about growing old is that I don't get any ideas anymore.' Those words have never quite left me since I first heard them, because this would be my greatest fear: imagination giving up before the body does. I guess I'm not alone in this. Humans are a strange breed in the way our fear of getting old seems to be even greater than our fear of dying."
This is such a little gem of a book. At times dreamlike, at times more straightforward, the story so beautifully shows us the bonding between Noah and his grandfather and the kindness and love between them; the shared wisdom that carries Noah forward in time.
As to anyone who has had a relative or loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's- for me it was my father - this book so eloquently describes that long goodbye and how poignant and perfect the title.
So highly recommended. I am rapidly becoming a big fan of Fredrik Backman.