I was fully aware of what I might find when I picked After You from the Justbooks Library. I had read good reviews and not so great reviews about this one over the past few months. Something which is very normal when a sequel to a book which has very popular. Nevertheless I decided to read it when I got a copy.
Now that I have read it…I don’t regret reading the book. As a stand-alone story, After You is kind of good. But the story of life of Lou after the epic story in ‘Me Before You’, you are heavily disappointed. It felt like the story was written to give closure to Lou’s life by hatching up something, fill the book with so many characters and devote quite a bit of time for them etc.
To be frank the only saving grace of the book is the mature love between Lou and Sam which is kind of nice to read about. The characters like Lily, Will’s parents, Lou’s parents, her sister etc etc do take up a lot of pages and kind of act like fillers and they are quite nice. But then you still end up wishing this sequel was never written.
I do not exactly remember why I decided to read Agnes Grey as a part of the Classics Club challenge. The only possible explanation is that I wanted to stick to something which might be an easy and light read. Then I always liked re-reading the Jane Austen type of novels and this seemed to suit that category, yet by an author I have not read before.
Reading a book is easier, but writing about it here is much more difficult these days. I try to force myself to write about the Classics because reading and writing about them is the very intend of the Classics Club challenge. Your challenge is not fulfiled until you actually write about the classics you have read. And that task seems to be much easier said than done.
Agnes Grey turned out to be a story just I thought it would be – an easy and light read and I didn’t have to exert myself to finish it and was not bored.
Agnes finding her family in a tough financial situation decides to take up the job of being a governess to children of well-to-do family. She sets out to do her task to the best of her ability, but her pupils doesn’t turn out to be so favorable to her instruction as she would have preferred and this leads to lots of hardships for her.
Anne Bronte’s writing is fluid, Agnes’s character is almost perfect, yet there was nothing notable in the whole reading experience. I cannot recall a single sentence that I wanted to highlight on my kindle. May be this is the fault I found with the book.
There are quite a few characters in the book, but none of them made much impression on me except Miss Murray. Otherwise Agnes Grey is a read and forget kind of story. Nevertheless I am happy that I read it.
Title: A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
Date published: July 15th 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
In language: English
Review rating: 4/5
Review date:19th Jan 2017
When I was going through few reviews of ‘A Man Called Ove’,I read someone’s comment that Ove is like the old man in the movie Up. That image of the old man who flied up the sky in his house stuck with me all the while I was reading this story. There are an awful lot of similarities between Ove and Carl Fredricksen (the elderly man in Up), but I did wish I didnt had his image in my mind when I was reading the book. But I do wish I could recall on whose blog I read this so that I can go and tell them that it was an accurate description.
I don’t read book blurbs or reviews with spoilers before reading most books. When I read good reviews, I just bought a kindle version and started reading the book without much clue. Then things are revealed as the story progresses and you start feeling for Ove and starts wondering why he wants to do what he has decided to do. You start putting things together and realize the desperation of a lonely old man who has nothing to live for. You start rooting for Ove to disuade from what he thinks is the logical conclusion.
Then there is a cat which is an orphan which lands on his house steps one day. I was not enchanted by the dog just like Ove. To be frank, I kind of ignored the cat even though it was there for a better part of the story.
Paravaneh, the foreign lady next who kind of crashes into Ove’s life – that is the character I ended up liking the best in the story. Who will not want a friend like her? Though Ove found her a nuisance initially, you can see their beautiful friendship blossoming into something lovely. Probably Paravaneh’s character stuck with more than that of Sonja.
Ove’s story is about the people who lose the will to live when the objects of their affection is no longer there. The story is Ove’s journey when he discovers love unexpectedly from different quarters when he had given up on life and the joy that comes with it. A charming story indeed.