“A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

In my latest reading adventure I traveled to Sweden where I met “A man called Ove“.   "A man called Ove" by Fredrik Backman

Ove is a loveable curmudgeon in late middle-age.   He is ever so slightly OCD and has a problem with the machinations of society.   Ove is very set in his ways and is disdainful of almost everyone he meets.  He has a fondness for rules and thinks that anyone who doesn’t  follow them is a harbinger of chaos.   He has always driven a Saab car and thinks that what car a person drives tells a lot about a person.   His story is told in a series of flashbacks which makes the reader cognizant of all the loss and sadness that Ove has encountered in his life along with all the many talents he possesses.  In the present, over the course of of several months, Ove, with a little help from his friends, gets a new lease on life.

Poignant and hysterically funny in equal measure, “A man called Ove” is a heartwarming novel of life, loss, and our intrinsic need to be needed.  Skillfully written with charm and wit, this debut novel is a fast read – and one you will remember for a long time.   You know you’ve read a good book when after the last page is turned you are already missing the characters…  I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed “The storied life of A.J. Fikry” or “The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry“.

Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman

A man called Ove” came about as a result of a blog post from Swedish author Fredrik Backman.   His readers took to the character and requested more and more.  The result was this novel.   Like Frederik Backman’s blog readers, this reader believes that the world would be a better place with more people like “A man called Ove“.

Heartfelt thanks to Atria Books via NetGalley for providing me with yet another wonderful read.

One of my all-time favorites!

F 5 starClick here to read an interview with Fredrick Backman about this delightful novel.

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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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11 Responses to “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

  1. Annika Perry says:

    A wonderful review of a wonderful book – I just loved it as well and have been recommending to all my family and friends! It is one of those that I won’t forget.

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  2. Lynne, I meant to give you a shout out as a thank you, but I confess my eyes were almost closed as I was typing the review, so let me take a moment now to say thanks.

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  3. I have been staying away from this book, mainly as my TBR list is so long, but it does sound good.

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  4. luvtoread says:

    Excellent review! Gasp – Saab! I’d already forgotten about that part of the book, oh now I want to do a re-read. What an excellent book this is – how exciting for you to get a NetGalley of it and be able to read it before the rest of the world fell in love with it 🙂

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  5. Dorothy Gracie says:

    This book is featured in a Chapters-Indigo e-newsletter sent yesterday as “an outstanding read”!!! Looks like your review is right on the money!

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  6. Dorothy Gracie says:

    This definitely sounds like one to add to my TO READ list! And one to be moved up close to the top (or I’ll never get to it!!!)

    p.s. Love the cat twined around his stalwart legs!

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