a man called ove book



Not necessarily a book that I would have probably chosen normally but I am certainly glad that I did.

The book is about a man called Ove who everyone thinks is a bit grumpy and distant.  But he is actually quite interesting and his life has some interesting events as well as some profound sadness.

I liked how the book went back and forth between current times and previous times throughout Ove’s life.  The story is funny, interesting, sad, loving and all together very well written.  I am actually excited to read the author’s other books:

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry 

Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel

More information from Amazon about A Man Called Ove:

Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm!

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

I strongly recommend this book.  It’s a relatively fast read and you will yourself not being able to put it down.  I actually finished it in just a few days.  I will certainly let you know if and when I read the other 2 stories by the same author.



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