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review 2020-04-13 22:49
Touching read but it takes awhile
Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel - Fredrik Backman

This is charming, but not nearly as heartwarming as A Man Called Ove. Still, this novel has its own quiet charm. It's much more of a slow simmer, as the most compelling parts happen in the latter portion of the novel.


All in all: not my favorite of his especially compared to the masterpiece of A Man Called Ove but still a lovely read about change, risk, and meaning when all is said and done. 



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review 2020-01-22 09:24
A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

Well that was bloody delightful!!


Everyone knows someone a bit like Ove that instantly dislikable grumpy fuck who somehow edges into your life and you come to realise is just a big ol' softy inside.


This book was a bit like Ove, I read a few chapters here and there. Ove irritated and frustrated me. The writing was spectacular and it was funny, actually laugh out loud funny, but I dont usually read a lot of contemporary as I am more a fantasy and horror nerd fan. But I kept at it and slowly but surely I started to get warm fuzzies, ... and then I cried ... and then I reflected and then I realised I goddamn love this little gem of a book and that big cuddly bear of a man Ove.


This will be going on a re-read someday shelf.


A-Z Challenge - book published in August

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/3117506415?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
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text 2020-01-17 06:47
Book Review - A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

Book Review 
A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
Ove is 59. Ove is an "archetypal, grumpy old sod". Does not like cats. Does not find why there has to be any extravagance in life. He has his own way (which he thinks is the right way!) of doing things - "Why you need to make saffron rice, when potato and meat and sauce can do just fine", Ove wonders. Why do you have to break rules when there are sign boards all around stating you should not be doing something like this. Basically, Ove is someone whom you would love to hate. Someone who is not fit to stay in the modern society.
But as the book progresses, you get to know this grumpy old sod. Orphaned at a very young age, Ove lived a very lonely life, his only passion being automobiles and houses. His life was pretty mundane and colourless till he met the love of his life Sonja - the only person who understood Ove. But life had a different way of mocking him and once again, with the turn of events Ove was left alone. Then moves in a foreign family of 5 right next door. From a not so pleasant first meeting, things move to something beyond people could comprehend about Ove. His liking for the family, specially the pregnant Iraninan woman and her two daughters, brings out the compassionate side of Ove and he goes to extreme levels to help people out in his neighborhood. He even starts liking cats and lets one stay with him! Parvaneh, the pregnant Iraninan woman, is the complete opposite of Ove, talkative, full of life, expressive, but she somehow sees in him things that others fail to see. It is her way of dealing with Ove that brings about the change in Ove. My favourite is the chapter where she learns driving from Ove.
The story revolves around Ove, who is the main character, and things that happen in his neighborhood. It unfolds, slowly, one chapter at a time and gives you the details of Ove's past. His parents, his marriage, his house, his car. We experience the life events of Ove and feel his joy, pain, frustrations and anger. His lone fight against the authorities. The narrative is so free flowing and beautiful, that even though it takes us through a lot of harsh realities of life, there is still a lot of optimism and humour in everything. The descriptions are so vivid that you can clearly visualize each and every scene, as if they are happening right in front of you.
Overall, "A Man Called Ove" is about empathy and optimism. Inspite of all the harsh things life throws at you, you cannot help but realise that happiness lies more in giving than anything else. A wonderful reading experience.

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text 2019-06-19 03:10
Unusual book club meeting
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

This is my first IRL book club meeting (I've been to three now, I think) where all of us have liked the book. We all had at least one detail that we could think of that we couldn't quite buy, and several of us (like me) brought up the book's fairly obvious emotional manipulation, but we all managed to like it anyway.


Next up is Christopher Moore's Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.* As a non-religious person living in a town where people think nothing of asking someone they just met what church they go to, I'm nervous about how this book club could turn out. I take comfort from knowing that I loathed To Siri With Love, one other person in the book club connected with it in a personal way, and yet that book club meeting somehow turned out well. Surely this one can too.




* I've read it once before and remember liking it well enough, although it's definitely not one of my favorites by Moore. I have zero clue what a devout Christian would think of it.

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review 2019-06-15 20:22
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry ★★★☆☆
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel - Fredrik Backman,Joan Hustace Walker

It's a good story with interesting characters and a little mystery to solve. It's sweet and funny and sad by turns. Overall, I enjoyed it very much. But I couldn't quite suspend disbelief, because the main character just wasn't at all believable as a little girl of only 7 years, no matter how special or different. It's a good book for people who like a sweet, sad story that wraps up neatly in the end, with everyone getting just as they deserve.


I took off half a star for the story including that tired old trope of the mean hospital nurse whose only function is to fuss at patients and to keep them from having any visitors. I f***ing HATE that.


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Joan Walker's narration was very good.

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