Anxious People

Anxious People

Large Print - 2020
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In a small town in Sweden it appears to be an ordinary day. But look more closely, and you'll see a mysterious masked figure approaching a bank. A bank robber on the run locks himself in with an over-enthusiastic estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a rabbit. In the end the robber gives up and lets everyone go, but when the police storm the apartment it is empty. In a series of dysfunctional testimonies after the event, the witnesses all tell their version of what really happened and it's clear we have a classic locked-room mystery on our hands -- How did the robber manage to escape? Why is everyone so angry? And -- What is wrong with people these days?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432879716
Characteristics: 549 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew)


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Mar 28, 2021

There's a lot going on in this book. Overall, it's an exciting, surprising read with some good nuggets of wisdom.

Mar 26, 2021

This is a great read but also one of the hardest of all his books. His stories never follow a straight plot line and with all the characters, the time line changes and the character back stories, while you're entertained, you might also be getting a headache. Start with one of his early books before you dive into this one.

Mar 25, 2021

I loved reading “anxious people!” The author skillfully created 10 believable characters, building layers of complexity to each character, as the book progressed. I finish this book several days ago and still find my mind engaged with it; this is completely unlike me. I read a book to escape into a story and once finished, normally, I don’t give it another thought. Not so with this book. It kept me turning the pages. This is more than a who-did-it kind of book. If you enjoy this book as much as I did, you will be in for a delightful treat.

Mar 22, 2021

This book is an absolute treasure. I don’t think I can quite describe why as eloquently as some previous comments. But when I finished the book, I was sad it was over and yet so thankful I had read it! I can see how Backman’s writing may not be everyone’s cup of tea: for a plot about a bank robbery/hostage situation, it was not edge-of-your-seat entertainment. It was so much more though. I loved getting to know each character. Backman is gifted in creating imperfect, broken characters that you can’t help but root for. The storyline and every person’s part is woven together so beautifully. I laughed, I cried, and I would read it all over again.

Mar 17, 2021

I love how he explains how children and young people view the world.

Mar 12, 2021

Backman has his own unique style. He reveals, opines, and surprises at every turn. Comedy? No, too much tragedy going on here to be fully comic. Ok, so it's a tragedy? No, there's no tragedy that makes you laugh out loud to this extent.
Ok, so Backman is a keen observer to the human experience. He tends to interject himself and his beliefs into the story, and this story is a revelation of how we grieve, how we deal with cruelty and betrayal, and how we never stop loving.
You might know the plot, but you don't really know the story until you read Anxious People. Do yourself a favor: choose a gloomy day, make a cup of tea, settle in and read another exploration of the human condition, courtesy of Fredrick Backman.

JCLJenV Mar 12, 2021

When I first started this book I thought it should have been named, ‘Annoying People’. But about halfway through - the story and the characters found more depth and Fredrick Backman worked his magic and I fell in love with the story.

Mar 01, 2021

4 -4 1/2 stars. I think I expected a different kind of book as I found it a bit hard to get into the book at the beginning. But then I got it and found the book to be an interesting read. A bank robber who tried to rob a cashless bank is on the run from police and ducks into an apartment building and into an open door that leads to an open house with a number of people in there. Soon there is a hostage incident. But the bank robber is not the hostage taker per se and the people in the room are not that frightened. Two police officers, a father and son, are interested and interesting parties. The book is full of interesting people trying their best to overcome the things that life throws at them. At times funny and at times so poignant and spot on that tears came to my eyes, this book was quite a surprise.

Feb 17, 2021

The author takes a different route to finding our characters spirit and personality. He looks at the 8 characters from so many angles that their true nature is not revealed until the end. It is a tale the offers delight and sadness, pokes fun at society and each character's preconceived notions. The author pokes fun at the reader and the author, too, teasing us with one misconception of reality after another.

Being a Backman tale, the characters all find a degree of satisfaction with their final lot. These 8(?) charactors may not be unforgettable, but he never forgets his characters. It's a cautionary fairy tale, told with care. I admire everything I've read by him; this may be his best work to date.

Feb 13, 2021

Well-written populist brainfiller.

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