Title: Beartown
Authors: Backman, Fredrik
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 415
Year: 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Language: English
Description: It looks like it could finally happen ... Beartown's junior ice hockey team might just make the big-time, and that would make all the difference to the fortunes of this isolated Scandinavian forest town. But on the cusp of this optimistic future, the celebrations get out of hand and a single act of violence and entitlement calls it all into question.

Engrossing and suspenseful, this is the story of a community obsessed with sport, compassionately played out through its credible and well-drawn characters. [Larger font]
Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Sweden, 2020 Titles, Sport


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By: WANAK 013 2021-09-22 12:01:47
We all found this book bleak and distressing as would be expected given the topic. It generated a large amount of discussion. Some found they could not finish it, while others appreciated the lighter moments. Well translated in most parts.

By: TIMAR 019 2021-09-17 11:48:52
Well-written book which promoted much discussion.

By: TAUR 036 2021-06-16 14:30:17
Soooo many questions that we all got a bit fed up! However, we all really enjoyed the book. Great.

By: PALMN 006 2021-05-31 14:41:37
This book was a big read! It created lots of discussion afterwards. Very topical at present.

By: AUCK 218 2021-04-16 14:52:30
Universally enjoyed by the group.

By: BREAM 001 2021-03-12 14:09:33
Our group mostly agreed that it was quite hard to get into. Mostly due to the range of characters. However once started we all agreed it was very thought provoking and an interesting read.

By: ASHB 015 2021-02-03 11:49:58
One of the highest scoring books we have had. Lively discussion. Really enjoyed by members.

By: AUCK 348 2020-11-24 14:29:54
Those who finished the book loved it once they got in to it. Members thought it a great book for parents of boys and girls alike to read.

By: AUCK 020 2020-09-18 14:14:15
A member who lived in a similar ice-bound town in Canada, says the book doesn't exaggerate.

By: HAVE 011 2020-07-09 14:05:27
Mixed feelings. Some are going to hunt down the sequel, others didn't finish it. Accurate portrayal of 'small town' attitudes etc.

By: INVER 001 2020-05-22 12:53:35
We didn't have a meeting, but members seemed to really enjoy this book.

By: GORE 007 2020-05-15 14:55:05
Favourite book in Covid 19!!

By: WELL 153 2020-01-29 14:47:23
Generated a lot of discussion - mixed reviews. Group split - 1/2 loved it, 1/2 struggled. The positives: writing style, characterisation, message, and the focus on different parenting styles. Negatives: ice hockey theme (unfamiliarity), trauma of the events, violence, and the introduction of so many characters at the start (hard to keep up with). Overall those who persevered found the small town life commentary fascinating and compelling.

By: AUCK 425 2019-11-18 13:40:04
Three of us felt the book was in need of a good edit. It was a good story but took too long to tell its tale. Two of us disagreed, and loved it from start to finish.

By: WELL 144 2019-10-18 12:50:37
We loved this book and look forward to its sequel.

By: WELL 215 2019-08-09 13:00:05
Really enjoyed the book. Discussion at our meeting was interesting. We only had the generic book notes , so initiated our own discussion. It was hard not to want to take sides with the characters at times, you felt you knew them well. Appreciated the writing style a lot.

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