The author takes a different route to finding our characters spirit and personality. He looks at the 8 characters from so many angles that their true nature is not revealed until the end. It is a tale the offers delight and sadness, pokes fun at society and each character's preconceived notions. The author pokes fun at the reader and the author, too, teasing us with one misconception of reality after another.
Being a Backman tale, the characters all find a degree of satisfaction with their final lot. These 8(?) charactors may not be unforgettable, but he never forgets his characters. It's a cautionary fairy tale, told with care. I admire everything I've read by him; this may be his best work to date.