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Fredrik Backman
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How does fatherhood change Backman's outlook on life throughout the novel?

Backman explains his generation as self-interested and lacking any ability to care about anything other than themselves. He continues to say that his generation grew up as specialists in a few things, and they "don't do trial and error; we call someone who knows" (9). However, now that he has a son, his life revolves around another human being, and he sees himself as drawing "all your breaths through someone else's lungs" (10). This was something he was not prepared for and hit him quite hard. As the book progresses he starts to become more sentimental, always seeing his son as a joy-filled little boy no matter how grown up he is. He also starts to appreciate his relationship with his father, and recalls driving around doing errands in silence as some of the best times because they...

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