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review 2017-03-21 22:44
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, narrated by George Newbern
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman,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 times while listening, and I thought this narrator did a fantastic job.

 

If you're looking for a sweet tale about a curmudgeonly old coot without a friend in the world, this book is for you!

 

Recommended!

 

*Thanks to Audible for the free download.*

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review 2017-03-19 21:15
A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

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 and many readers described this as a kind of transformation story for Ove. However, I didn't view it that way. I see it as a story about finding a reason to live when you don't think there is one. Ove was grumpy and detached all the way through the book. He just needed help realizing he could live a satisfied life with people he cared about even after his wife died. I'm actually happy Ove didn't change, and that the people who came into his life loved him despite his sharp edges. We're all different in this world. Not everyone is sunshine and roses. But that doesn't mean they don't deserve to be loved and understood.

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review 2017-03-08 12:51
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

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 his way. Essentially Ove likes to be in control/ to relinquish it is near-catastrophic for him. This is evidenced by the fact that he's driven the same brand of car throughout his entire life!

 

One of the chief reasons the book is so popular is because Ove is portrayed as so endearing. His pernickety behaviour, which would have been frustrating in real life, was humours on the page. But everything that made Ove infuriating dissolved in the readers mind when they learnt about his relationship with his dead wife.

 

What made this book work so well was the juxtaposition between Ove the cantankerous old man who disliked just about everyone and Ove the man who dearly missed his wife. Pairing up these two opposites brought the character to life and made his plight human and relatable. The message that underpinned the novel, that relationships are central to life, was yet another reason this book was so well received. I also believe relationships are vital to sustain happiness, so appreciated this.

 

Another thing I liked was the significance the novel gave to neighbours. Nowadays neighbours don’t have the importance they once had, so it was nice to see them being given the spotlight.

 

The reason I haven’t rated it higher is because even though I sympathised with Ove and related to his plight, I found him hard to connect with outside of that. Another thing is the writing style. It was mostly third-person limited, but sometimes it changed to third-person omniscient. This jarred me and took me out of the story.

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review 2017-02-19 13:45
When A Man Called Ove Isn't What You Thought It Would Be
A Man Called Ove: A Novel - Fredrik Backman

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 read it. It has been a while since I read some thing good in some months and while many readers have read it way earlier than I do, I am glad I took my time to read it.

 

A Man Called Ove is a story of a man called Ove (I just like saying it). At first glance, he appears to be one of the grumpiest middle-age man that is so bitter about every thing, you just want to avoid him. He cusses, he's rude and he's the type that does not care about people. He has a set of principles, he follow regulations and rules that he obeyed. He hates white collar men. He despise cats. And more importantly, he doesn't want to be disturb. When a new neighbor moves in next door to his house and accidentally drives up their trailer and destroy Ove's mailbox, it begins a journey of acceptance and unlikely friendships in unexpected ways. Typical formulated story you might say, right? For plot lines, yes. For execution and development of the story, its better than I expected.

 

What I enjoy most are the characters - to each of their own it was outline nicely. There is consistency to each of them including Ove and I love each and every one of them. Characters written well is once again, a rarity and given a nice explained background to each is a good way to show how Fredrik Backman care about his characters. And then of course, what was true is Ove is not what it seems, and I like how there are layers that some times, it may not be what it seems on first impression that tells us we need to reassessment people in depth. There is so much love and charm in the characters that you just have to love them a lot, especially Ove. I like how the flow of each chapter is given care and the history behind them. For Ove, I truly understand a person like him that many people miss out in reality and this is written with truth.

 

The execution and delivery is an enjoyable one but some how, its formulated. While the characters aren't stereotypical type, the flow of the story is like one I had seen before. Would it be better if its not followed like a guideline of any books about how to write a story I can say no, but this is as good as it gets because even though its formulated, its meant to be written that way. While the depth of the story isn't deep, I enjoy the slice of life theme in it. There is positive and inspiring values very much in real life happening and not those kind of positive quotes we tend to read a lot to try to inspire us. Its just that with reality of what is happening, it keeps it real in characters and what will happen to us if thrown into a situation and A Man Called Ove is just it.

 

I can't say its the best ever book I have ever read but its near. I was warm all over when I read towards the end and it was the kind of ending I expected. I did enjoy the dialogue exchange between Ove and the characters he came across. I can say that it is a recommended read if you have not come across this book. Its a must for any book readers or lovers that for once in life, you should read it.

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text 2017-02-16 12:56
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

I'm reading this for my book club and I'm glad they picked it as I may have not read it otherwise. It's really sweet and I can see why people loved it so much.

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