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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World Audio CD – Unabridged, May 7 2019
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Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.
As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the “firsts” that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn’t shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop.
In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life, including:
-How to find the team you belong to
-Why airports explain everything about religion and war
-The reason starting a band is crucial to cultivating and keeping friendships
-How to beat Monkey Island 3
-Why, sometimes, a dad might hold onto his son’s hand just a little too tight
This is an irresistible and insightful collection, perfect for new parents and fans of Backman’s “unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness). As he eloquently reminds us, “You can be whatever you want to be, but that’s nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are.”
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (May 7 2019)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1508258686
- ISBN-13 : 978-1508258681
- Item weight : 191 g
- Dimensions : 13.02 x 2.03 x 14.92 cm
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Fredrik Backman wrote a book to his son, teaching him all he absolutely HAS to know about the really important stuff, Ikea for example, and he does that with such a great talent and sense of humor!
He writes about relationships (and what you can tell about a couple with just watching them arguing in Ikea), pop culture (OMG the "Lost" reference took me by surprise and was so awesome!), being a real man, social media, stupid people at the airport, alcohol, how to treat others (the chapter about wrestling was just fantastic), what not to do or say in public when you're with your toddler, friends and even love.
Each chapter is teaching his son about the world and the father about his mistakes and success and between the chapters we get a glimpse to the day to day life of a married couple with a new child and it's oh so funny.
I loved the book and enjoyed every second it (and laughed out loud too many times in public).
Fredrik Backman is my absolute favourite author on this planet, and he has been since I read his debut novel "A Man Called Ove'. I love his words and have read every one of his books at least twice, and more if I'm in a time of my life where I require that extra nudge. This book by Backman is a series of personal essays about his son and about becoming a father for the first time. Really, though, this book is a love story. This story is an ode to Backman's wife as the mother of his child, and a love letter to his oldest child.
There's not much more that I can say about this book but that it is a must read. You don't have to be a parent to appreciate all of the wisdom that is contained in these pages.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this as I have all Fredrik Backman books excellent writer and hilarious to boot.
I found it to be quite superficial, at no point it made me relate to what I was reading or felt the need to worry about what the author worries about with his son.
Just my honest review.
Blackman is a really talented and intelligent writer.
1. He is funny and deeply realistic in his discription of events and moments.
He gets tight hold on a particular moment of time and then dissects layer by layer its happenings in most hilariously possible way.
He tries to be so absurd but still stays so relevant.
2. Book is about a dad trying to be perfect in fatherhood in which he fails partially on many occasions but still is not embarassed to accept he is trying to be a better father.
3. His explanation about wars, human stupidity, book avery, love and happiness are wonderfully balanced.
4. He loves football, movies and food and this is visible on every page. In between the chspters there are funny nuggets.
5. His relationship with his wife is so charming and deep and he leaves no inch in praising her for everything he has ever achieved.
Finally he describes personal trajedy in which his wife supports him like a lion.
A really good book in typical backman style. More you read him, greater fan you become.