Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Book Review by Subhadra Jayaraman

π‘»π’‰π’Šπ’” π’ƒπ’π’π’Œ π’Šπ’” 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂 π’ƒπ’‚π’π’Œ π’“π’π’ƒπ’ƒπ’†π’“π’š. 𝑡𝒐 π’˜π’‚π’Šπ’•, π’Šπ’•’𝒔 π’‚π’„π’•π’–π’‚π’π’π’š 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂 π’‰π’π’”π’•π’‚π’ˆπ’† π’”π’Šπ’•π’–π’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’. 𝑢𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒔 𝒂 π’ƒπ’“π’Šπ’…π’ˆπ’†. π‘Όπ’Žπ’Ž.. π’Šπ’•’𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 π’‘π’π’π’Šπ’„π’†π’Žπ’†π’. 𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒔. 𝑨𝒕 π’”π’π’Žπ’† π’‘π’π’Šπ’π’• π’Šπ’•’𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂 π’“π’‚π’ƒπ’ƒπ’Šπ’•. 𝑰𝒕’𝒔 π’…π’†π’‡π’Šπ’π’Šπ’•π’†π’π’š 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 π‘Ίπ’•π’π’„π’Œπ’‰π’π’π’Žπ’†π’“π’” 𝒕𝒐𝒐 π’•π’‰π’π’–π’ˆπ’‰.

Have you ever felt that you’d just about do anything for someone? Have you also felt that everyone around you is an idiot? Have you then sometimes felt like pizza would just solve everything right now?

Curiously, this book starts by being about everything. Everything you can think of and everything you didn’t imagine a book could be about. For instance, it’s about suicide, but also fireworks. There’s a bank robbery (cough) and also a hostage situation. There’s mystery and ooohs and aaahs, but also eye rolls, wine, and a whole lot of laughs!

Backman is an expert observer of human nature and a talented storyteller. When we all go through difficult times in life, often fiction from contemporary legends like him do much more to lift our spirits, question our judgements, and enlighten us than any textbook or non-fiction prose.

Anxious People is a paragon of contemporary literature. It warms your heart and bring tearful smiles to your face. Every character plays your heartstrings with a twang, and every situation gives you a new perspective. This book needs to be savored with the same enthusiasm and honesty with which it has been written.

𝑾𝒉𝒐 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’‚π’π’™π’Šπ’π’–π’” 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’ƒπ’π’π’Œ, π’šπ’π’– π’‚π’”π’Œ?

𝑾𝒆𝒍𝒍, π’šπ’π’–’𝒍𝒍 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 π’‡π’Šπ’π’… 𝒐𝒖𝒕 π’π’π’˜, π’˜π’π’’𝒕 π’šπ’π’–?

Pair this book with a glass of warm mulled wine and a mini banana muffin. Share your thoughts with us and check out my β€˜bookstagram’ @theramanlibrary for more reviews and suggestions.

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