Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

man called oveHighly recommended by my mom, she pestered me continually to ask if I had read it yet. She has no idea the size or depth of my TBR pile. I decided to bump it to the top, mainly so I could tell her I was reading it. Plus, she gave me the two other books by this author, and I knew she’d ask about those, as well.

This story is kind of predictable, but you can’t help but be charmed by it. Ove is your typical curmudgeon, grumpy old man. Kind of reminds me of my father-in-law, if he were a widower. He is a staunch rule-follower; gets exasperated by young people and those who disregard policies (no parking in the residential area!). He hasn’t had the easiest life, and misses his wife terribly. As the story jumps back and forth between past and present, the reader comes to understand why a man called Ove is the way he is.

His neighbors force their way into his life, whether he likes it or not (he doesn’t). Though he tries to resist caring for them, he can’t help it, and you can see that this old grump actually has a heart.

The pace is quick, the tone is light-hearted, and leaves you wondering about the lives of older people who always seem to be in a bad mood. What has caused them to become so jaded? There’s a story there – and they’re probably hoping, secretly, that someone will try to uncover it. Another good recommendation by my mom!

One comment

  1. I was totally enamored by this one… probably because I see quite a bit of myself in Ove.

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