Have you ever seen a town fall?
–Fredrick Backman (trans. Neil Simith) - Us against you - c.2017,18
originally published as Vi mot er; translated by Neil Smith
Beartown ; book 2
It has been a while since I read this. I think I finished it at the start of the month, but I am only finding the time to blog about it now. I’ve been falling behind lately. Monthly updates are way behind, but they are more for my use than anything else so I’m sure I’ll get around to it at some point.
But my lack of a post about Us against you should not be taken as a slight against this book, because I loved it.
It took me a while to get into the first book, Beartown, but this follows directly and so I didn’t have that settling in period with this, I really loved it from the start.
I think that what I enjoy most about Backman’s writing is that he allows people to fuck up and make mistakes and to hurt people while never painting them as bad people. Nor does he ever excuse what they have done. Actions have consequences, but people get to stay people. He has a very humane way of writing, and even when he is talking about bad deeds you can empathise and understand how someone did that. For the most part.
It is a really good book and I would highly recommend it. My favourite by Backman so far I think.