A Man Called Ove, Frederik Backman
Published July 15th 2014 by Atria Books
Hardcover, 337 pages
When I started this book I kind of worried about what the Paperback Princess led me into. I quickly realized that she is my new favorite for recommending this book because I adored Ove. Ove is a Swedish curmudgeon in his late 50s and when we meet him he is waiting to die. He basically gives zero fucks about anyone who crosses his path-unless they drive a car where it’s not meant to go in his residential area. He makes up unkind nicknames for his neighbors and then uses them straight to their faces. He tries to shoo a Cat Annoyance from living in his shed out into the Swedish winter and considers electrocuting the dog that’s peeing on his paving stones. Then he meets his new neighbors…
You will realize despite all this that you have fallen completely and totally in love with Ove. Backman takes the reader back and forth in time so we see the events and the people that turned Ove into the man he is. I loved how his father molded him into a man of character. Even more, I loved how he fell in love with his wife and how he learned to show that to her. This book made me snicker loudly on the train and it definitely made me cry as well. I forced this book onto a friend who said she gave herself a headache crying at the end. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
The Goodreads blurb for A Man Called Ove refers to him as “the neighbor from hell.” Which he is in a sense, but once you give Ove a chance you begin to understand why he feels strongly about rules. He follows the rules and he expects the same from everyone else. Ove isn’t a man of prejudices – he dislikes nearly everyone equally. I found that to be part of his charm. He not an easy man to get to know, but once you give Ove a chance you’ll fall in love too.
Goodreads is giving away copies! Go enter! Or go to the library. Buy it! Read this book-but have a tissue on hand when you do.