“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
Oh my gosh.
Like most Backman books at this point…I’m at a complete loss regarding how to tell you that this book is, quite frankly, the best thing I’ve read all year.
I’m just overwhelmed by the sheer goodness of this book…and if I were to try to summarize it…It would be:
Failed bank robber takes on kidnapping role (unintentionally) and also kinda fails at it….but in a good way? Like a laugh-cry-laugh way.
Oh gosh. Now I’m not making sense.
Essentially, this book was amazing. But you really just have to read it yourself.
As always Backman is able to instantly create fully-fleshed out characters from just a few sentences and he plays your emotions like a violin.
I’ve never listened to an audiobook and had that serious of a yo-yo happening constantly – like there would be literal tears leaking out of my face followed by laughter.
The way all of the characters came together and fed off of each other’s energy was amazing. The way their pasts interwove with their presents was just as stunning.
This truly was an amazing book and I cannot recommend it enough.
“That’s the power of literature, you know, it can act like little love letters between two people who can only explain their feelings by pointing at other people’s.”