A Man Called Ove 5/5 *****
Fredrik Backman - Fiction / Humor
Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, writer and columnist who seriously could not have written a more enjoyable book. To just say I enjoyed A Man Called Ove is grossly under clarifying just how much I liked this book.
I laughed (sometimes hysterically) I cried and even scooched to the edge of my seat anticipating the next snarky comment that would fly from Ove’s mouth, cringing at some and smiling at others. Backman did an amazing job creating and depicting every aspect of Ove. A truly well developed and thought out character.
“He’s the kind of man who points at people he doesn’t like the looks of, as if they were burglars and his forefinger a policeman’s flashlight.”
Ove is quite literally the definition of a grumpy old man. He could be labeled as rude and withdrawn, the kind of man who yells at kids for walking on his lawn or directs his anger towards the blonde bimbo’s dog for peeing on his sidewalk. He's methodical and logical in every sense of the words, and does what is right simply because it is right. Well…he does what he thinks is right, even if it’s considered socially unacceptable. Like punching a hospital clown for being a bit too anxious to get his clown gloves on a few coins to complete a magic trick.
Underneath the cranky and unapproachable exterior lies a story; a sad, heartbreaking story. A series of terrible accidents and unfortunate events have led to the man called Ove, and rightfully so. But, despite it all, Ove is a better human being than many of us.
Every fiber of the reader in me LOVED this book. A Man Called Ove has undoubtedly earned a permanent spot on my book self. No questions about that.
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