Greetings, readers! Today is World Book Day, so I’ve been enjoying a peek at some of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
My own books are scattered throughout my house: old favorites on basement bookshelves, writing resources close at hand, my “to-reads” a teetering stack on my nightstand. I’m currently reading “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman (author of “A Man Called Ove”). It’s the story of a VERY eccentric grandmother who creates an elaborate fantasy world for her seven-year-old granddaughter Elsa. And when she dies, Granny leaves Elsa a very challenging legacy: deliver a set of letters apologizing to people she has wronged.
I’m only a few chapters in, but given the recent defense of “alternative facts,” (which is already a Wickipedia entry, by the way), I’m already chuckling at Granny’s propensity to worm her way out of uncomfortable situations. According to Elsa, “Granny calls lies ‘other versions of the truth.’ Granny doesn’t like it when people say things are made up, and reminds Mum she prefers the less derogatory term ‘reality-challenged.'”
Yes, Granny is a wonderful storyteller. In fact, in her fantasy land of Miamas, “storytelling is considered the noblest profession of all. The currency there is imagination; instead of buying something with coins, you buy it with a good story. Libraries aren’t known as libraries but as “banks.”
I’m intrigued to see where this story will go. So far, Granny is still alive and (spoiler alert), she’s already sent Elsa to feed chocolate to a dog. I have a feeling she’s going to have a lot more to apologize for.
What are you reading on World Book Day?
3 thoughts on “On World Book Day, Accepting Alternative Facts in Fredrik Backman’s Alternative Universe”
Oh, gosh, Pat. One of my favorite books…the genius of a fabulous (i use that word literally) mind. I keep it on my bedside bookshelf. Have you read A Man Called Overview?
I’m reading today The Grandmother’s Tale, R.K. Narayan.
No! I hate when words distort themselves: A Man Called Ove
Hi Rachel! I knew what you meant. : ) I read some sample pages and liked it, and now ‘m waiting for it from the library. And as far as our current reading tastes, looks like we’re on the same “grandmother” page. Thanks for reaching out!