Man Called Ove: A Novel, A

Fredrik Backman
In this bestselling and “charming debut” (People) from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, 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 exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-11-03

I'm just going to start out by saying this...SPOILERS MAY BE PRESENT. In such an emotional state after finishing this book, I am afraid any filter I may have, is temporarily broken. That's your warning, do with it what you wish.

 

This book is about the grumpiest old man I have ever met (heard of, same difference). He's literally the epitome of grumpy old men. You need someone to represent all grumpy old men ever, Ove is your guy. There was a line in this book that said, "He'd been a grumpy old man since he started elementary school..." and you know what, I'm pretty sure that quote is 100% accurate. 

 

Throuought the majority of the book, Ove is trying to commit suicide, because his wife died six months prior, who you can tell he loved more than anything on the planet, and he just can't stand living without her. Of course, every time he tries, he's interrupted by something. It's like the universe just isn't ready to let go of him just yet. And that's a good thing because while he may be grumpy, he actually has the biggest heart. Deep down, he's so kind and sometimes I don't think he even realized it. He was just doing things to help the "losers" of this world do things that he thought were so simple. The whole trying to commit suicide every five seconds thing almost ruined the whole book for me. It's quite a sensitive topic and I'm not sure how I feel about that part of the book.

 

All the different incidents that took place that ultimately prevented Ove from committing suicide were all the things that made him a different person as well. All these people he was helping (I still don't think he was doing it to actually be helpful) actually helped him to become a better person. he was still that grumpy old man who was pretty angry at the world for a multitude of things, but he had a kindness in him that had been lacking. He's always had this kindness, but it had always been buried deep down, but these people helped to bring it to the surface. So while you spend the majority of the book kind of disliking this man, towards the end, the author slaps you in this face as if to say "how dare you judge this man".

 

One last thing I have to say. No book I have ever read has made me cry the way this one did at the end. <spoiler> As I said, the author spends all this time making you just dislike him for being so angry all the time, and then shows this kind side of him. And then he has the heart attack and has all these people backing him. I don't know when he realized he had people who loved and cared for him, but it definitely was 100% clear at this moment. And the impact he made in those people's lives over the next four years showed that he loved them in return. But that last chapter...killed my soul. And even as I write this review, I can feel the tears well up. For some reason, that last chapter, the one where Ove dies, trumps any bad thought I had of him. He was able to finally join the wife he so dearly loved, but he was able to love others before he did. And did it on natures terms, instead of his own. </spoiler>

Reviewed: 2016-12-01

In the novel, A Man Called Ove it gives you some comical relief at times to a very somber and serious life of a man who has lost his wife and just wants to find the way out of misery. Soon the nosy neighbors move in and start to care about a man who wants nothing to do with them. At first, Ove seems to be a grumpy old man, like the ones that you assume are just fed up with the acceleration of society these days. But soon you realize how much life he wants but just can't seem to find the way to get it.

 

This book is amazing I think it talks about a life of a man who is faced with the choice constantly to live or kill himself, and he knows he is in control. This book is emotional but heart-warming at times. You see how lives within a neighborhood mingle and show a man love who thought deep down everyone didn’t care. Because of this he became angry and grumpy man who looked at the world where and felt like an outsider. It makes you appreciate the generations that came before us and how we may dispose of them (at jobs) because they aren’t accelerating at the same rate as society but are useful in their years of experience. I think this book would spark a lot of conversations and discussions on where we think our society has gone and if we cherish our older generations to accelerate or if we forget them.

Reviewed: 2016-11-11

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