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A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove
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In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught... show more
In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.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 and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781476738017 (1476738017)
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it
3.5 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, narrated by George Newbern
This was such a touching, funny story it almost made this cold, cold heart shed a tear. I can't help but see some similarities between this story and the movie Saint Vincent, with Bill Murray. Also, I have to say that this tale is a bit predictable. Those things said, I did laugh out loud a few...
Books & Chocolate
Books & Chocolate rated it
4.0 A Man Called Ove
Overall I really enjoyed A Man Called Ove. I liked that Ove was a grumpy old man and not a typical heroic character. He was difficult to like, but I felt his story did a good job of explaining who he was.I also really enjoyed all the side characters in the book. I've read several other reviews an...
Hol
Hol rated it
I mightn’t have read this book if it wasn’t chosen for my RL book club, even though it had been in my radar. Everyone loves it and I can see why; it’s a bitter/sweet story about a lonely old man who has been unhappy since the death of his wife. He is the archetypal grump who only like’s things does ...
theguywhoreads
theguywhoreads rated it
4.5 When A Man Called Ove Isn't What You Thought It Would Be
When I first heard about A Man Called Ove (pronounce as 'O-vi'), it was because of word-of-mouth. Praises keeps pouring in, good reviews keeps filling up and of course, it was inevitable that I came across the book and my curiosity get the best of me. After a year of purchase, I finally sat down and...
DubaiReader
DubaiReader rated it
4.0 Tale of a cantankerous old man.
I think I relate a bit too much to this grumpy old man, living in his own world, not to be intruded on by anyone or anything. OK, I'm not quite this bad (yet), but I could quite see his point! I can't help but think that Ove might have been a lively, heart of the party type, once upon a time, in h...
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