Today I finished reading my third book of 2015, The Little Old Lady who Broke all the Rules, by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg.
This book certainly made a lighthearted change from the first two books that I read this year – the first being The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, followed by the suspense thriller, Never Tell by Claire Seeber. I am making a wholehearted attempt to rotate the fiction genres that I read; as I feel that a writer and reader can become stuck-in-a-rut if they stick with the same genre of books for too long – and the same genres over again can certainly limit your visions. I think it was Stephen King who said to ‘read great books and awful books’ – because you can learn just as much from the awful ones, as you can the great ones, as a reader and a writer.
I must say that I have learned some interesting elements of writing by analysing the work of the wonderful author that is, Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg. Here is my review, originally posted on Goodreads.com.
This book was an enjoyable, humorous and inspiring novel. The group of characters known as ‘The League of Pensioners’ were well-rounded, and were certainly not stereotypical pensioners; although in places, Catharina did capture hints of their age very well, through the use of their zimmer-frame mobility, actions, tastes in food and drink, and their oldie dialogue. Martha was the leading role in the story, but she could never have existed as boldly without her colourful companions, Anna-Greta, Christina, Rake and Brains; who all brought their own skills and personalities into the story. This novel is a perfect example of how two controversial ‘news/tabloid’ stories can be merged into a unique plot. Here we have the controversial story of poor care-homes vs. the not-so-badly-kempt prisons. It could end up being a very depressing story, but with the brilliant skills of humour that Catharina infuses, the idea becomes very lighthearted, and quite often, comical. Catharina is a bestselling children’s author, and this shined through in her writing style; the simplicity of the words left us pause-free, creating a good and steady pace for the exciting adventure plot. After finishing the book, it left me feeling positive about the strength of human nature. I will certainly be thinking differently about the next pensioner I see with a zimmer-frame! We are all unique and are capable of the most amazing things if we put our minds to it, and age is not a barrier. The author has mentioned that she likes British humour – and this humour certainly brought a smile to my face – even on the train!
So what is the fourth book I am going to read this year? Well I have decided to return to the suspense thriller by reading ‘Daughter’ by Jane Shemilt. A daughter goes missing and the story unravels…nothing more needed to prompt me to turn those pages!
Until next time, happy reading, happy writing!
This sounds like a rather delightful book.
Thank you 🙂
Great review… the book sounds cool and a bit of english humour is always a witty plus.
Best wishes to you & happy week ahead, Aquileana 😀
Thank you so much, Aquilena 🙂 Best wishes to you too. Have a wonderful week.
What a very cool mix. I totally agree about mixing it up.
Thank you 🙂
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Thank you so much, Anne, that’s wonderful! Congratulations on your novel 🙂
Great review, Donna. I read this book in the Spring and enjoyed it immensely. I found it similar in style to “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”. Both are from Swedish writers. I wonder if there’s something in the Swedish psyche that creates such a capacity for such clever humour. In any case, I enjoyed your review. Thanks.
Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my review…and apologies for the late reply. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window, is a book that I have been wanting to read…and I shall definitely ensure I read it now that you have related these two books in regards to sense of humour. The humour was amazing…and there is definitely something intriguing about the elderly characters. Thank you 🙂