Tom Malmquist writes a heartbreaking fictional story based on what he experienced in his own personal life. The grief he deals with is profound and what he has to go through in the wake of that grief is almost unbearable. A touching story with insights into the Swedish culture, though the writing was not my favorite, I rated this book 3 stars.
When Tom’s heavily pregnant girlfriend Karin is rushed to the hospital, doctors are able to save the baby. But they are helpless to save Karin from what turns out to be acute Leukemia. And in a cruel, fleeting moment Tom gains a daughter but loses his soul-mate. In Every Moment We Are Alive is the story of the year that changes everything, as Tom must reconcile the fury and pain of loss with the overwhelming responsibility of raising his daughter, Livia, alone.
By turns tragic and redemptive, meditative and breathless, achingly poignant and darkly funny, this autobiographical novel has been described as ‘hypnotic’, ‘impossible to resist’ and ‘one of the most powerful books about grief ever written’.
Grief, such as what Tom experienced, is unbearable. This starts off right away with his pregnant girlfriend in the hospital and learning of her illness that she shortly dies from. The story follows after her death with bits of flash back thrown in to show insight into Karin and Tom’s relationship. And when you think it can’t get any harder for Tom, his father falls seriously ill as well and passes away. The parts with his daughter Livia were also incredibly heartbreaking, but at the same time amazing.
For such a strong story and touching in so many ways I lacked any connection to it. The writing style was not one I would want to read again. There were many long drawn out sentences or paragraphs, there was no breaks or quotations in conversations which made it very hard to follow any of the dialog. There was also a detached sort of feel to the whole story. I was told it was sad and could obviously see how hard and tragic this story is, but there wasn’t much emotion. This made it very hard for me to really feel any strong feelings through out this book.
Overall, this is a short read and if you don’t mind this particular writing style I would recommend picking up this book as it tells a really good emotional story.
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