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My sister and I listened to this book from Audible and I am now reading his other book. Such a sweet, well written story of despair and hope. Having just lost a husband less than a year ago, I can certainly relate to his sorrow and feelings of worthlessness – being old and useless. What a blessing this book as been to me. Check it out!
From Booklist *Starred Review* At 59, Ove is a grumble Gus of the first degree. Rules are made to be followed, signs are meant to be obeyed, and don’t even get him started about computers and mobile phones. In truth, Ove has been this way his whole life, but he’s gotten worse in the last four years since his wife, Sonia, died, taking with her all the color in a world Ove sees as black-and-white. Ove has decided life without Sonia is not worth living and plans to join her in the next world. But a young couple and their two children (a third is on the way) move in next door, his oldest friend and most feared enemy is about to be forcibly removed to a nursing home, and a street-scarred cat insinuates itself into his life. Suddenly, Ove’s suicide plans get delayed as he helps solve neighborly crises large and small. Though Ove’s dark mission mitigates any treacly upstaging by animals and small children, readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. 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. –Carol Haggas
A Man Called Ove: A Novel Hardcover – July 15, 2014 by Fredrik Backman (Author) Review
I honestly didn’t go into this book expecting to like it as much as I did. I have trouble with books where the main character is not someone I particularly like. But, I gave this one a shot. I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn’t help but like the curmudgeon. It’s not a deep-thinking book. It’s there for entertainment, to make you ‘feel’ emotions, to transport you to another place and another life. Therefore, I give the book five stars for being exactly what it claims to be–a story about one man and the circle of friends that he makes despite his grouchy personality. I liked the backstory with the wife (even though I thought the author went too far with the tragedy heaped onto this always-optimistic woman). I bought the audio book to listen when I couldn’t read and the narrator was flawless. I’ve heard some pretty bad narrators lately from best-selling books (Miss Peregrine’s for example), but this audio book was very well done. I have one gigantic bone to pick with the author. 59 years old is not 89 years old. Fifty-nine years old is when most people are in the apex of careers–before retirement and also having a lot of knowledge and experience to help them in their career fields. The 50-somethings in my office know what an iPad is, how to use computers, have the latest cell phones, and are pretty up on all the new tech gadgets because they are the ones that can afford them! There was no reason why the author couldn’t make this a lot more believable by making the main character 79 or older. There was nothing to prevent the backstory being set further back. The whole time I was reading, I had to make myself forget the character was supposed to be 59. For godsakes, the President of the United States is 56!! I wonder why the author chose such a relatively young main character to act like my grandfather would. But, if you can overlook that weird decision, the rest of the story is very well done and very entertaining. -Read Reviews-
There is a part of me that didn’t think I needed to review A Man Called Ove because so many people have read it at this point, but I have talked to a few who have not, hence my desire to write this review. I will admit that I am entirely on the Ove train!The book is about a man, named Ove, who is the angry neighbor that we all seem to have. He complains about everything, has put up signs around his neighborhood with rules about what should and shouldn’t be done, and feels there is a proper place for everything. He is not a friendly guy to say the least. Into his life walks or rather drives a family who are to be his new neighbors. He doesn’t bother to get to know their names and calls them the pregnant one and the lanky one. After an accident with the lanky one, Ove is forced to help this family, complaining the entire time. Throughout the book Ove also speaks to his wife, complaining about the neighbors, the rule breakers, and how much he misses her (very minor spoiler). During interludes within the narrative, we read about how Ove became Ove. I will say by the end of the book, a bunch of dust was flying around the room and some got into my eyes. The first thing to write is this book is funny. Ove is quite the character and how he treats people is hysterical. He just doesn’t care what he says or how he says it. He simply wants order in his world and has lived that way for all of his life. The way he expresses himself becomes incredibly funny. It is also a tragic story. Backman interweaves the two (funny and tragic) quite well and doesn’t make it overly heartwarming. This could have easily become a book with the sentiment that we don’t know people’s past, so don’t judge them, but it isn’t. Ove is an ass in his past too and sometimes with reason. Backman keeps it level with just enough to make the reader fall for Ove. The great thing is this is a book that pretty much anyone and everyone can (and will) enjoy. I recommended this one for book clubs and discussion groups. Grandmas will like this as well as middle aged men. Ove is simply a good book. I gave this one 5 stars.
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