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A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel new sympathy for the curmudgeons in your life." -- People

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.

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).
Publisher: New York, NY : Atria Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781476738031
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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May 02, 2021

In this emotionally charming Swedish comedy/drama, Ove is a grumpy old man who has nearly given up on life. When a boisterous young family moves in next door, Ove's life begins to change and the entire neighborhood discovers that maybe they didn't know Ove very well after all.

Mar 22, 2021

A beautiful book. Unsentimental love story.

FVRL_Maple_Ridge Feb 05, 2021

This book from the FVRL collection was chosen to compliment the 2019/2020 season at the ACT arts centre. This book was featured on a list that complimented a breadth of materials to enhance your theatrical experiences.

Jan 09, 2021

Ove reminds me of a few curmudgeons in my life, those that present a hard exterior & will never embrace change. But there always seems to be a soft spot for these individuals, whether it’s compassion for the underdog, rooting out social injustice, campaigning against “The Man”, or simply looking out for the scraggly neighborhood cat.

This novel really caught me off guard. Every reader can empathize with Ove’s situation. Backman’s articulation of life’s victories and losses, and its extraordinary circumstances where a seemingly random human intervention leads to a placation of self-loathing (or self-harm), can be recognized in each individual.

I loved this book. Especially when Ove punches the hospital clown.

Jun 16, 2020

The story was good, but there was a little disconnect between the dialogue and how people acted. I think this might be the translation. My favorite thing about this book is the way the foreshadowing in the plot exposition prompts you to ask questions, then answers them in due time. I also think the book is a little too transformative towards the end. It does send a good message, but seems a little outside of Ove's character to experience that much growth.

May 19, 2020

What a delight!! Read the book then see the film!! Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

Apr 30, 2020

I loved this book. I needed a feel-good book after having lost my 17 year old dog this week. Ove helped me laugh and cry my way thru it.

Sep 27, 2019

Don't judge someone by their appearance.
But we all do.

STPL_Tammy Sep 17, 2019

I was afraid when I started this book that it was not a book I would enjoy. An elderly man attempting to commit suicide was not how I thought the book would begin, however by the end of the book I was totally enamored with Ove. I enjoyed each character and the relationship they had with Ove. What I loved most was how I could feel myself in each scene watching it unfold.

Tigard_AnnmarieA Aug 28, 2019

A thoroughly touching, funny book with enough black humor to keep it sharp. Retired Swede Ove is a total curmudgeon, but with a heart of gold. Warning: rather a tearjerker of a novel!

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Aug 21, 2015

“And time is a curious thing. Most of us only live for the time that lies right ahead of us. A few days, weeks, years. One of the most painful moments in a person's life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead. And when time no longer lies ahead of one, other things have to be lived for. memories, perhaps.”

Aug 21, 2015

“To love someone is like moving into a house," Sonja used to say. "At first you fall in love in everything new, you wonder every morning that this is one's own, as if they are afraid that someone will suddenly come tumbling through the door and say that there has been a serious mistake and that it simply was not meant to would live so fine. But as the years go by, the facade worn, the wood cracks here and there, and you start to love this house not so much for all the ways it is perfect in that for all the ways it is not. You become familiar with all its nooks and crannies. How to avoid that the key gets stuck in the lock if it is cold outside. Which floorboards have some give when you step on them, and exactly how to open the doors for them not to creak. That's it, all the little secrets that make it your home. "

Aug 21, 2015

“She just smiled, said that she loved books more than anything, and started telling him excitedly what each of the ones in her lap was about. And Ove realised that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life.”


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Jun 10, 2016

Fantastic! This booked grabbed me so completely that by the end I was hoping and wishing it would go on and on. Good for a book club.


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