Title: A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: July 15, 2014
What's the Story?:
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
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?
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.
My Two Cents:
"A Man Called Ove" is one
of those books that had a huge following before I ever got around to
reading it. After reading it, I knew exactly why this book had such a
big following. This is a warm hearted story about an old man named Ove.
He misses his wife and has lost his zest for life. His days consist of
planning his death so when he has new neighbors move next door who won't
take no for an answer when it comes to involving him in their life, he
begins to see that there can be more (but he's not going to move towards
being open without kicking and screaming).
This book was my
first Fredrik Backman read and now he is on my auto-read list. This book
has such great characters. Ove is such a curmudgeon but even before he
turns over a new leaf, you can't help but to fall for him a little bit.
You feel for his plight and want things to change for him. One of the
things that I loved most about this book is how Backman takes a
character that at first seems to have very few redeeming qualities and
slowly gives you detail to both enlighten you to the character's
background and begin to turn you towards the character.
that is one of Backman's hallmarks after reading a few of his other
books is that he creates really amazing characters that feel real. Their
feelings feel real, their actions feel real.
This was a great story! It would be a good pick for when you're looking for a story to give you the warm and fuzzies!