A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

Oh how I enjoyed this book!  It starts off funny enough as you follow the life of Ove, a 59 year old man that is all about routine.  He has no interest for the widgets and doo dads of the 21st century and so it’s entertaining to see such a simple man have to put up with the annoyances of the 21st century (people included!).  Throughout the novel, Ove recounts his memories of times past, you know, when life was much simpler, people were loyal and hardworking, and had solid morals and principles.  He expresses his clear disdain of his neighbours and just wishes people would mind their business and leave him alone.  

Just as you’re settling in and enjoying the dry humour, things take a turn and Ove isn’t exactly the stone cold man you think he is.  There’s much more to him, including a broken heart, that guides a mission he’s on.  I don’t want to give away too much so I’ll stop right here!
 
I thought this book was brilliant.  It really is a gem!  Ove’s character is one that even though you may not be able to relate to him, you most likely know someone that’s just like him.  Ove is set in his ways and comes across stubborn but you learn that routine brings this man comfort.  I think what I enjoyed the most was the author’s ability to take serious situations and add a comedic spin and then add another plot twist to tug at your heart strings and feel sorry for Ove.  Ove is the type of character that although he is portrayed as a mean old man, there’s a part of you that still loves him!
 
This is one of those novels that will cause you to take a moment of pause if you have a close family member, friend, or perhaps neighbour, that seems relentlessly stuck in their ways and refusing to “get with the times”.  Remember that there is deep rooted history behind each and everyone that has shaped them into who they are today – Ove was definitely no exception.  As you work your way through the novel, you’ll quickly come to realize that Ove grumpy exterior is only a shell he wears; for he actually has a very soft heart.
I’d definitely recommend this one!
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