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A Man Called Ove: A Novel Paperback – May 5, 2015
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"In turns moving and funny. . . I wager that you’ll soon fall in love with Ove and be deeply moved by his situation, and after spending time with him, may perhaps gaze at the world around you with a little more empathy than when you turned the first page." -- Eric Larson
“Even the most serious reader of fiction needs light relief, and for that afternoon when all you want is charm, this is the perfect book.", San Francisco Chronicle
"A magnificent homage to humanity and to the possibility of friendship and faith in long-lost love. It covers a lot of ground: marriage, love, race, class, division, gentrification. It's one of those good stories that connects." -- James McBride
"An inspiring affirmation of love for life and acceptance of people for their essence and individual quirks...a perfect selection for book clubs...bittersweet, tender, often wickedly humorous and almost certain to elicit tears.”, BookBrowse.com
"A light hearted, deeply moving novel about a grumpy but loveable curmudgeon who finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. This quirky debut is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the impact one life has on countless others—and an absolute delight.", CBS Local
"Readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. 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
“A funny crowd-pleaser that serves up laughs to accompany a thoughtful reflection on loss and love… The author writes with winning charm.”, Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This charming debut novel by Backman should find a ready audience with English-language readers… hysterically funny… wry descriptions, excellent pacing… In the contest of Most Winning Combination, it would be hard to beat grumpy Ove and his hidden,generous heart.”, Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Lexile Measure : 870L
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Paperback : 337 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781476738024
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476738024
- Publisher : Washington Square Press; Reprint Edition (May 5, 2015)
- Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches
- ASIN : 1476738025
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"For more than fifteen minutes he stood waiting for her at the station in his tight-fitting suit and his new-polished shoes. He was skeptical about people who came late. 'If you can’t depend on someone being on time, you shouldn’t trust ’em with anything more important either,' he used to mutter when people came dribbling along with their time cards three or four minutes late, as if this didn’t matter. As if the railway line would just lie there waiting for them in the morning and not have something to do."
Every sentence in this book is imbued with characterization and style; every word is a brushstroke in the painting of Ove as not only a curmudgeon, but a survivor of hard things, a principled man, a hard worker, a dedicated Saab driver, and one of those loyal-to-the-death-but-you-wouldn’t-know-it-to-talk-to-him kind of people.
And, unlike most adult-genre books, especially ones about old people, there is something interesting or amusing or soulful on almost every page. The pacing and plot weaving are impeccable. It’s truly a treasure to read.
I'm so gushy right now with love for this book!!! I'm never this gushy. Maybe I should have given myself 24 hours before reviewing this. I recommend this book to everyone. 1,000,000 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!! I've read Beartown and loved it too and just ordered (and pre-ordered) all of Backman's books. Wow! Just an amazing reading experience. I don't know what to read next because I fear whatever the book, it will pale in comparison.
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In the opening scenes, he is yelling at an iPad sales clerk, like an irate elder man who can’t get with times. But when you learn everything that led to it, you’ll find so many connections. Ove has so many levels to him you will lose count trying to guess what he might do in any given situation. His reactions will annoy you, irritate you beyond belief. But gradually you’ll see the stones turning. OVE is a man of order of life. A man of very few relationships, but the very few he loved, he can build an empire for them. He liked to understand, learn and create things by himself. Like what he thought, he could do. The anecdotes and flashbacks spread throughout the story tell us how he came to be the man he is; wonderful yet complex.
It’s not what the story is about, but what it leaves with you that makes you love the book.
No spoilers but this is the most touching and lovely heart warming book I have ever read - I loved it!!
There are many times throughout the book I laughed out loud, especially at Ove’s conviction of how things should be and his tetchiness with those who don’t see things his way. It is also a very sad and heart-warming story as Ove deals with the loss of his wife, loneliness and just how communities can be socially uplifting and rewarding.
So without spoilers, Ove is a grumpy old rhymes with odd, and with good reason.
From an era when pride in a job well done and not blowing your own trumpet, Ove was raised in a house of few words, without much in life, but what he had always seemed to be taken from him.
Long story short, he moans, but is a good guy, trying to get by in a worldgonemad. Misunderstood by most, but neverone to not help, as long as he can moan about it.
This is my first book from the author, but certainly won't be the last.
One of those rare books you mourn it ending, but will read again and again over the years.
What you waiting for? Buy it now!