Britt-Marie var här

Britt-Marie var här Britt Marie Can T Stand Mess A Disorganized Cutlery Drawer Ranks High On Her List Of Unforgivable Sins She Is Not One To Judge Others No Matter How Ill Mannered, Unkempt, Or Morally Suspect They Might Be It S Just That Sometimes People Interpret Her Helpful Suggestions As Criticisms, Which Is Certainly Not Her Intention But Hidden Inside The Socially Awkward, Fussy Busybody Is A Woman Who Has Imagination, Bigger Dreams, And A Warmer Heart That Anyone Around Her RealizesWhen Britt Marie Walks Out On Her Cheating Husband And Has To Fend For Herself In The Miserable Backwater Town Of Borg Of Which The Kindest Thing One Can Say Is That It Has A Road Going Through It She Finds Work As The Caretaker Of A Soon To Be Demolished Recreation Center The Fastidious Britt Marie Soon Finds Herself Being Drawn Into The Daily Doings Of Her Fellow Citizens, An Odd Assortment Of Miscreants, Drunkards, Layabouts Most Alarming Of All, She S Given The Impossible Task Of Leading The Supremely Untalented Children S Soccer Team To Victory In This Small Town Of Misfits, Can Britt Marie Find A Place Where She Truly Belongs

Fredrik Backman is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks , My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She s Sorry, Britt Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime Things My Son Needs to Know About the World, his first work

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 337 pages
  • Britt-Marie var här
  • Fredrik Backman
  • English
  • 14 December 2018

10 thoughts on “Britt-Marie var här

  1. says:

    I am very late to the party for this book and when I saw this in the library, I remembered how so many of my goodreads friends had read and loved this This is a terrific tale of Britt Marie who is 63, and who we meet as she tries to get a job because she is afraid no one will notice if she were to die, she keenly feels her isolation and loneliness It quickly becomes clear that something is wrong from her OCD issues surrounding her manic cleaning and the manner in which she pins down her employment advisor by cooking her dinner Her perfect world revolves around her husband, Kent, who it becomes clear has been taking her for granted and having an affair She hasn t been working for years, being a housewife and bringing up Kent s children She is no longer with Kent and it is going to take her some time to adjust to her new situation.Britt Marie finds herself in Borg, with a temporary job as a caretaker of a recreation centre Borg is a dying town, where everything is closing down After a few comic setbacks, and the introduction of a great set of characters, Britt Marie finds herself being the football coach to the children, that include Vega and Omar There is romantic interest from Sven, the policeman She gets closer to Sami, who is doing all that he can to look after his siblings Before you know it, Britt Marie is opening up, slowly beginning to live life, and is needed, particularly when things take a tragic turn A lovely heartwarming, and humorous tale that snags your heartstrings for the broken Britt Marie who lands in the broken and dying town of Borg Each needs the other, they complement each other perfectly and both learn to survive despite the numerous obstacles in their paths This is my first Fredrik Backman novel and I was completely charmed and bowled over by it Highly recommended and brilliant read.

  2. says:

    This book was freaking amazing And yeah, it made me cry I thought his book was wonderfully, sad I loved Britt Marie so much She had these quirks that were in ways sad and in others beautiful I would love to meet her, God would she give me a mouthful lol Possibly one mild spoiler She just tells it like it is You have a very modern hairstyle What Oh Thanks, she replies, her fingertips moving self consciously towards her scalp It s very courageous of you to wear your hair so short when you have such a large forehead Britt Marie wakes up on the floor Somebody is leaning over her, saying something, but Britt Marie s first thoughts are about the floor She s worried that it may be dirty, and that people might think she s dead These things happen all the time, people falling over and dying It would be horrific, thinks Britt Marie To die on a dirty floor What would people think Hello, lady Are you, you know, what s it called Deceased Somebody asks, but Britt Marie keeps focusing on the floor Hello, lady Are you, you know, dead Somebody repeats and makes a little whistling sound Britt Marie dislikes whistling, ans she has a headache The floor smells of pizza It would be awful to die with a headache while smelling of pizza.I mean she just thinks the craziest and funniest things Anyway, as you can read from the description, Britt Marie decides to finally leave her husband Kent, for reasons She goes to the unemployment office, gives them hell in her way, and proceeds to get a job in Borg This town is in a place that s pretty much dried up and been left She s hired to work at the recreation center until they close it up in a few weeks time Britt Marie meets some wonderful characters upon arriving She doesn t think they are so wonderful until later on I mean she meets a rat who later becomes her friend that she feeds nightly , thinks her car has blown up and gets hit in the head with a soccer ball This all coming at a woman that stopped leaving the house because she just stayed and took care of things and cleaned all of the time Let me tell you She should have gotten a job as a maid Your house would never be the same again I would hire her in a heartbeat The book is so moving and heartfelt Yes, it s full of funny stuff, like Britt Marie being turned into the children s soccer coach when she has no idea what she s doing Her cleaning people s things until they just finally let her get on with it But there is something else She starts to care for these people and they care for her She finds a place in the little community where people are just trying to survive and help each other the best they can Although, there are some really tough lessons in the book, tough times for children, and some things so heartbreaking I can t even put it into words Britt Marie also takes a little liking to the town sheriff, Sven, and him to her Nothing ever really comes of it as well it s Britt Marie and stuff happens I was actually hoping the ending was going to be different but I think the way it did end, was perfect for Britt Marie s journey It was just so happy sad It breaks my heart and I love all of the people in the book I m not going to say any because you really need to read the book and meet these people for yourself MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List

  3. says:

    If Kent had been here Throughout this charming tender story, Britt Marie , often reflects on her husband, Kent, who she walked out on after 40 years of marriage She lands a job working as a caretaker at a recreation center, 12 miles away from where she and Kent lived, in a small run down village How she got the job is hilarious Laugh out loud funny Yet, when Britt Marie says she misses her balcony, back home, than anything, it was an early clue to me, that there was some deeper lossand I wanted to find out what that was At age 63, newly separated housewife, Britt Marie, a woman who turns to cleaning as her vice of choice , as her coping solution means , can be a stubborn, outspoken, an old fuddy fart , with judgements, and rules for how everyone should be Stepping into the driver seat of her own life, without the safety belt of her husband, Britt Marie is determined she can make it on her own Her involvement with the kids and soccer brings her purpose, joy, and friendships, that are deeply moving A rat.a snicker barbaking sodaFaxin soccer..wonderful quirky kids and town folks will have you laughing and crying You ll also be wanting to knowwhat choice is Britt Marie going to make with her lifeas if the end result is what is important But is it Fredrick Backman is a one of a kind writer Cleverand wise I loved manysections of his dialogue His phrases are the heartstrings that tie this entire story together Through Britt Marie s journey and the people she meets, I thought about authentic friendships the importance of giving and receiving.a little like a fair game of soccer Great analogies to think like in all of Backman s novels Thank You Atria Books, Netgalley, and Fredrick Backman as long as he keeps writing books I m going to read them

  4. says:

    One morning you wake up with life behind you than in front of you, not being able to understand how it s happened Aw, I loved this This was my third Backman novel Beartown and Us Against You being the first two Britt Marie is looking for a job, her first job in 60 years After divorcing her husband, Britt Marie is alone, with no friends, no children of her own and she worries she will die alone and no one would be any the wiser Hence a new job Unfortunately due to her lack of experience the only vacancy offered to her is the caretaker of a recreation centre in a tiny village that has been hit hard by the financial crisis Her arrival creates a bit of a stir in the town Nearly every other business has been closed down the post office, mechanics, supermarket etc The one remaining business serves as everything in one selling anything from pizza and coffee to window cleaner and car parts.Britt Marie is a very strange character She has some obsessive traits, particularly regarding her cleaning methods and her rules on manners She does take a while to get used to, but once you do, we find she is a wonderful character with a huge heart As she befriends the locals, and becomes the captain of the children s football team, she is embedded in Borg, and they couldn t imagine life without her.Overall, this was an uplifting story just what I needed but of course with a sharp shock which we would come to expect from Backman.4 stars People want someone to know they are here

  5. says:

    Over the last few years I have read and loved Fredrik Backman s novels, but I hesitated to read this one because Britt Marie wasn t very likable in her brief appearance in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She s Sorry But then I remembered that I didn t like Ove very much either in A Man Called Ove until I got to know him and understood his past I thought it was time to give Britt Marie a chance and I m glad I did.She s OCD and her husband Kent said that she s socially incompetent She has her quirks about cleaning and about the order of the silverware drawer and she has no qualms with telling you just what she thinks She suddenly finds herself alone, divorced from a cheating husband after decades I couldn t help but wonder how she managed to stay in this marriage for so long How long had she deceived herself into thinking it was a good marriage Perhaps because of her personality, her dependence on her husband Kent Her loneliness is heartbreaking She misses her balcony than anything You re never quite alone when you can stand on a balcony you have all the cars and houses and the people in the streets You re among them, but also not She was lonely even before they split up and probably longer than that Britt Marie worries now that she lives alone and thinks about an article in the paper about a woman found dead in her home She had never children and no husband and no job No one knew she was there If one has a job, people notice if one doesn t show up So she takes a temporary job in a town called Borg, that is dying as a result of the failing economy and becomes the caretaker of a community center The center has to serve as so many things because so much has closed the pizzeria, a bar, a minimart, and There s not much left except the soccer team and a few stalwarts who don t want to give up Before we know it, Britt Marie becomes the soccer coach and so much to a cast of quirky characters She becomes their friend and they become hers and they give to each other than any of them would have expected It s all at once funny and sad and uplifting The initially unlikable Britt Marie becomes one of Backman s lovable characters.

  6. says:

    3 stars I loved Fredrik Backman s first two books, so I went to some lengths to get a copy of his third book, Britt Marie Was Here I begged shamelessly on a couple of sites for advance copies When that didn t work, I found a copy while on a trip to New York because the book was not yet available in Canada The problem with high anticipation is that it can sometimes breed disappointment I liked Britt Marie Was Here, but I didn t love it the same way I loved its predecessors Unfortunately, it feels like Backman developed a bit of formula in A Man Called Ove, and Britt Marie Was Here followed that formula without any original deviations Britt Marie is not a bad person, but she is very rigid in her devotion to cleanliness and order When her marriage falls apart, she moves to a tiny dying town where she is employed as a caretaker in a community centre There are many scenes involving misunderstandings between Britt Marie and the town s people Over time, they get to know and appreciate each other, and are ultimately transformed by each other Overall, the tone is light, but there are a few events especially at the end that are dramatic Backman is good at the details, and this is what saved the book for me Britt Marie s relationship with a group of children, soccer, a rat and alcohol are the details that give life to the story But still I didn t find myself as wowed or engaged as with Backman s last two books I suspect that I would have liked this one if it had been my first Backman book I hope Backman brings a bit originality to the narrative structure of his next book regardless, I suspect that I will chase it yet again.

  7. says:

    There s a lot you can t know about a person until you become one with her What her capabilities are The courage she has I first met Britt Marie in Backman s novel My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She s Sorry She wasn t exactly loveable in that book, so I was prepared to meet yet another grumpy and somewhat eccentric character in this one Well, she was just as I imagined she would be While I thought perhaps I wasn t going to be inclined to read an entire book about her royal crankypants, my sentiments quickly reversed What first caught my attention was the humor, despite my qualms about Britt Marie Then I slowly began to realize what makes this woman tick I started to look at the world from her point of view I came to an understanding I even nodded my head in agreement at some of her observations Britt Marie can t for the life of her understand why anyone would choose to practice an outdoor sport while wearing white jerseys It s barbaric I know, right I don t know how many bottles of Advanced Shout I ve gone through since my kids began to play soccer Eventually, I was sucked into the story and wanted to make friends with Britt Marie At the age of sixty three, Britt Marie is on her own She has left behind a cheating husband and is in search of employment for the first time in decades Arriving in the run down town of Borg, she may not really be making a step in the right direction After all, how can one gain a sense of independence when there are very few opportunities and the economy has shut down the majority of the businesses in town the only two noticeable things in Borg are soccer and the pizzeria, because these tend to be the last things to abandon humanity Here she meets a zany cast of characters even a rat and learns than she ever fancied about the game of soccer As the children rally around her, Britt Marie finds herself in charge of the motley crew that call themselves a team Then, what began as a light hearted story turns into a truly heartwarming tale about what it means to stand together despite all odds, learning to forge friendships in the most unlikely places Fredrik Backman manages to create such endearing characters ones that won t soon be forgotten I have two of his novels to go, and hope he has many yet to follow She wonders how much space a person has left in her soul to change herself, once she gets older What people does she still have to meet, what will they see in her, and what will they make her see in herself

  8. says:

    Those of you who have read My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She s Sorry, will remember Britt Marie For those of you who have not yet read it, I advise reading it first That book gives you the background of Britt Marie while she was still married This book starts off with her looking for a job She hasn t worked in years She s been a devoted wife, giving over her entire life to Kent But Kent hasn t appreciated her brand of obsessive loyalty and has had an affair and she has left him Britt Marie is a weird bird She s socially awkward, than a little obsessIve on how things should be done and totally tactless But you grow to love her Likewise the other characters Somebody is especially hilarious She s the town s jack of all trades, the fixer, the one who gets things done as long as you aren t too particular about how Backman has the ability to capture the feel of a place with very few words Borg is a town where almost everything has closed down The only two noticeable things in Borg are soccer and the pizzeria, because these tend to be the last things to abandon humanity This book will have you laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time Another wonderful book by Backman Highly recommend.

  9. says:

    4, no I m not ugly crying and laughing at the same time, I swear I m not crazy stars.This is my first Backman novel I know, I m behind the times and to be honest, I was unsure how I was going to feel about this for the first couple of chapters I actually genuinely liked Britt Marie right off the bat but I wasn t in a particular mood for something depressing and it felt like that might be the direction this was going to take I m very happy to say, I was very wrong in this case This is about Britt Marie, a 63 year old divorcee, seemingly starting her life over She finds a new job in a disintegrating town called Borg She is exceptionally neurotic, she has many rules she believes one should live by and calling her quirky is putting it quite mildly However, Britt Marie is also incredibly strong willed and determined She has lived her life patently unappreciated by her husband Kent he took no notice of her cleaning, her superior use of baking soda or the importance of a properly made bed same tho , to the point of being wholly unnoticed She wonders how much space a person has left in her soul to change herself, once she gets older What people does she still have to meet, what will they see in her, and what will they make her see in herself As it turns out, there is a lot of space left in Britt Marie s soul to change, to grow and to become someone she s always wanted to be This is about finding yourself again, about personal growth, about being passionate about your life Backman has an exceptional command of language, an ability to wield words in the most useful way to tell whatever part of the story he needs to Everything is concise and to the point but it is done in a way that doesn t sacrifice emotion or detail In the end, this was actually an incredibly ordinary story but Backman found a way to show the beauty in that Life, for the most part, is fairly ordinary with a few extraordinary moments sprinkled in and we have to find the beauty in that ourselves This was a happy, refreshing and unexpected read about friendship, hope and standing together I think it s worth picking up for Backman s writing alone but I enjoyed Britt Marie and I think most of us could find a little bit of ourselves in her as well Keep on doin you girl, you re good just the way you are All passion is childish It s banal and naive It s nothing we learn it s instinctive, and so it overwhelms us Overturns us It bears us away in a flood All other emotions belong to earth, but passion inhabits the universe.That is the reason why passion is worth something, not for what it gives us but for what it demands we risk Our dignity The puzzlement of others and their condescending, shaking heads If you re asking yourself do I really want to read a book about a neurotic 63 year old woman finding herself the answer is a resounding hell yes you do.

  10. says:

    Backman is expert at making me fall in love with his characters annoying on the outside, utterly charming on the inside His better known book, A Man Called Ove, has straightforwardly good and bad characters that are easier to like and dislike, then ending a crowd pleaser Here he takes on the monumental challenge of nuance characters which are both good and bad, endings that are not pat he does admirably.

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