Jul 11, 2015

Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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Review by Suze

Ove isn't an easy man. He's grumpy, he's moody, he's a strict follower of the rules and he doesn't understand it if people are any different. He's living on his own as his wife passed away. He misses her very much and he's trying to kill himself, because he wants to join her. Only that isn't as easy as he thought it would be, his attempts keep failing. Every time he tries something it doesn't work out the way he planned, there's always some kind of interruption. There's no peace as his idiot and ignorant neighbors need his help with everything. He always says no and doesn't want to give it, but he secretly has a big heart, so he ends up helping all of them.

Ove has no friends any longer as he's fallen out with Rune, his former best friend and only friend, because Rune bought a BMW. In Ove's world that's a grave crime. They met because of their wives and they usually fought. Sometimes they fought with each other and other times they had a common enemy. Now Ove is completely alone. When his neighbor Parvaneh needs Ove's assistance because her husband is making a mess of things he reacts in his usual angry way, but slowly this woman is finding a way into his heart and she's giving him back something he didn't even knew he missed.

Ove might seem rigid, but he's actually pretty soft. I could totally picture the man. He was exactly like my grandfather which made me love Ove straight away. I was glad his suicide attempts weren't a success, they were quite original though, so in a way they were amusing as well. His relationship with Parvaneh is fantastic, the way she deals with his grumbling made me smile. At first Ove doesn't appreciate her company, but she's softening him. Slowly he isn't only becoming a father figure to her, but to everyone in the neighborhood. They're all coming to Ove for help. Ove always denies it and then he gives it freely and does more than he has to. 

I read this book with a smile on my face. Ove is such a funny man. He's so stiff, which is endearing. He hasn't had much luck in his life, but he tries to get on. Everything he does or wants needs to have use. He doesn't do something because it's fun or because it would make him happy. He just doesn't get these things. His wife was the complete opposite and she softened him. I loved reading about her and Ove's love for her as it was so special. Special is also the word I'd use to describe this book. It's a true gem, it's wonderful, it's amazing, it's good, it's great, it's moving, it's funny, it's heartwarming and it's meaningful.

3 comments:

  1. wow you made me want to read this book! it is on my to be read list! thanks

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  2. I've been dying to read this one. Glad it received such a positive review :)

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  3. Thank you for a great review. Has been on my TBR and my Kindle. I need to read it, too.

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