Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

This book surprised me. I almost gave up on it during the first half but I persisted and was rewarded with a great narrative, a thought provoking story and beautiful writing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“A simple truth, repeated as often as it is ignored, is that if you tell a child it can do absolutely anything, or that it can’t do anything at all, you will in all likelihood be proven right.”

“If you are honest, people may deceive you. Be honest anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfishness. Be kind anyway. All the good you do today will be forgotten by others tomorrow. Do good anyway….What you create, others can destroy. Create anyway. Because in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and anyone else anyway.”

“Humanity has many shortcomings, but none is stronger than pride.”

“It’s just as easy to be exclusive as it is to be inclusive, just as easy to create an Us and Them.”

“What an uncomfortable, terrible source of shame it is for the world that the victim is so often the one left with the most empathy for others.”

“Violence is like whisky: children in homes that have too much of it grow up either full of it, or entirely without it.”

“One of the first things you learn as a leader, whether you choose the position or have it forced upon you, is that leadership is as much about what you don’t say as what you do say.”

“The love a parent feels for a child is strange. There is a starting point to our love for everyone else, but not this person. This one we have always loved, we loved them even before they even existed.”

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