The Winners by Fredrik Backman EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author Name: Fredrik Backman
- Book Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Cultural, Drama, European Literature, Fiction, Hockey, Literary Fiction, Sports, Sweden, Swedish Literature
- ISBN # B09R2J1DXF
- Edition Language: English
- Date of Publication: 2021-10-6
- File Format: PDF / EPUB
- PDF / EPUB File Size: 5 MB
Everyone who knew Benjamin Ovich, particularly those of us
who knew him well enough to call him Benji, probably knew
deep down that he was never the sort of person who would get
a happy ending.
Obviously we still hoped. Dear God, how we hoped. Naive
dreams are love’s last line of defense, so somehow we always
convince ourselves that no terrible tragedies will ever afflict
those we love, and that our people will succeed in escaping
fate. For their sakes we dream of eternal life, we wish for
superpowers and try to build time machines. We hope. Dear
God, how we hope.
But the truth is that stories about boys like Benji hardly
ever end with them as old men. They don’t get long stories,
and they don’t die peacefully in old people’s homes with their
heads resting on soft pillows.
Boys like Benji die young. They die violently.
“Keep it simple.” That’s a common piece of advice in
hockey, as it is in life. Never make things more complicated
than they need to be, don’t think too much, and ideally not at
all. Perhaps that ought to apply to stories like this as well,
because it shouldn’t take long to tell, it starts right here and
ends in less than two weeks, and how much can happen in two
hockey towns during that time? Not much, obviously.
The problem with both hockey and life is that simple moments
are rare. All the others are a struggle. This story doesn’t start
today, it’s been going on for two years, because that was when
Maya Andersson moved away from here. She left Beartown
and traveled through Hed on her way south. The two forest
communities lie so close to each other and so far from
everywhere else that it felt like emigrating. One day Maya will
sing that the people who grow up this close to wilderness
maybe find it easier to access the wilderness within them, that
will probably be both an exaggeration and an understatement,
almost everything that’s said about us is.
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