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  • Hardcover
  • 337 pages
  • A Man Called Ove
  • Fredrik Backman
  • English
  • 03 July 2018
  • 1476738017

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A Man Called OveA grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door 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 Received as an ARC from the publisher Started 5 8 14 Finished 5 11 14 First let me explain what happened to me while reading this book aloud to my wife as she was preparing dinner I m 70 she s almost 70 I d read the first page, laughed out loud and decided she d like to hear it read I read, we laughed and nodded knowingly, then I got to the end of chapter 4 and completely lost it I couldn t continue through those last few sentences My wife said I should quit since she knows that I cry Received as an ARC from the publisher Started 5 8 14 Finished 5 11 14 First let me explain what happened to me while reading this book aloud to my wife as she was preparing dinner I m 70 she s almost 70 I d read the first page, laughed out loud and decided she d like to hear it read I read, we laughed and nodded knowingly, then I got to the end of chapter 4 and completely lost it I couldn t continue through those last few sentences My wife said I should quit since she knows that I cry at supermarket openings Now how many books have you read that can cause that kind of a physical and emotional response On the other hand, this book is hilarious, insightful, touching and just plain awesome It seems pretty simple at first but there isdepth to this book than any I ve read in forever As I got near the end, I thought that there really should be a sequel, then the plot changed definitely no sequel But I m thankful I had the opportunity to read this You will too Death is a strange thing People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it s often one of the greatest motivations for living Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder,obstinately, withfury Some need its constant presence to even be aware of its antithesis Others become so preoccupied with it that they go into the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival We fear it, yet most of us fearthan anything that it may take som Death is a strange thing People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it s often one of the greatest motivations for living Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder,obstinately, withfury Some need its constant presence to even be aware of its antithesis Others become so preoccupied with it that they go into the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival We fear it, yet most of us fearthan anything that it may take someone other than ourselvesFredrik Backman, A Man Called OveFor the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by And leave us there alone Fredrik Backman, A Man Called OveI m sitting here this afternoon, alone Alone and contemplating Contemplating life Contemplating time Contemplating age Just contemplatingI do so with tear streaked cheeks I ve just finished crying I ve just parted with a man I ve never met, yet a man I feel I know so well A man I disliked in the beginning, yet a man I loved at the end A man who spent his life contemplating A Man Called Ove Ove pronounced Oo veh is a cantankerous, taciturn, inflexible man He s a veritable stick in the mudslide of human advancement, futilely rebelling against it He thinks himself surrounded by idiots, with people always disappointing him Over the years he has been conned, ripped off and harrassed, mainly by bureaucrats the men in the white shirts , whom he despises He is a man who lives life fairly and squarely but finds himself beset by injustice and bad luck Ove has certainly had his fair share of sadness At 59, he s lost his job as well as the love of his life, his wife Sonja He misses Sonja so much that sometimes he can t bear existing in his own bodyLoving someone is like moving into a house At first you fall in love with all the new things, amazed every morning that all this belongs to you, as if fearing that someone would suddenly come rushing in through the door to explain that a terrible mistake had been made, you weren t actually supposed to live in a wonderful place like this Then over the years the walls become weathered, the wood splinters here and there, and you start to love that house not so much because of all its perfections, but rather for its imperpections You get to know all the nooks and crannies How to avoid getting the key caught in the lock when it s cold outside Which of the floorboards flex slightly when one steps on them or exactly how to open the wardrobe doors without them creaking These are the little secrets that make it your home People said Ove saw the world in black and white But she was color All the color he had Fredrik Backman, A Man Called OveLife has got to the point where Ove s had enough He is fed up So fed up that he simply wants to end it all He wants out of this world.A Man Called Ove essentially calls out the dangers of living in a society that focuseson thought than action, and highlights the risk of imprisoning oneself in grief There is a sombreness to this novel afterall, it s from Sweden , but there is also optimism and lots of laugh out loud humorOve glares out of the window The poser is jogging Not that Ove is provoked by jogging Not at all Ove couldn t give a damn about people jogging What he can t understand is why they have to make such a big thing of it With those smug smiles on their faces, as if they were out there curing pulmonary emphysema Either they walk fast or they run slowly, that s what joggers do It s a forty year old man s way of telling the world that he can t do anything right Is it really necessary to dress up as a fourteen year old Romanian gymnast in order to be able to do it Or the Olympic tobogganing team Just because one shuffles aimlessly around the block for three quarters of an hourI simply adored this book Backman s writing is clean and simple, at times deceptively so, with its gentle, episodic and occasionally repetitive structure The story is laced with loneliness, with life s numerous disappointments and the great grey weight of the real the last chapters deliver some unexpectedly savage emotional blows But this is tempered with a sense of quiet celebration.A note of hope threads through the writing, building slowly, and the small details as much as the grand narrative delight and move the moments of connection, the reawakening of a man frozen by grief, the ability of people to touch one another s lives.This is a MUST READ It will resonate with everyone Shout out to this absolutely fabulous book in my latest booktube video all about the best books I read each month and 2019 s bookish stats and yes, I really did read 365 books in 365 days.Now that you know this one made the cut check out the video to see what other ones made my top 12 list The written review He went through life with his hands firmly shoved into his pockets She danced Ove is the quintessential grumpy old man He lives in a little development, where he spends Shout out to this absolutely fabulous book in my latest booktube video all about the best books I read each month and 2019 s bookish stats and yes, I really did read 365 books in 365 days.Now that you know this one made the cut check out the video to see what other ones made my top 12 list The written review He went through life with his hands firmly shoved into his pockets She danced Ove is the quintessential grumpy old man He lives in a little development, where he spends much of his time patrolling and reporting rule breakers.Even when he was younger, Ove has always beenparticular He had a steward set of principles and absolutely compromised them Men are what they are because of what they do Not what they say But thenSonja came into his life She just smiled, said that she loved booksthan 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 And immediately, Ove s life was forever changed Ove had never been asked how he lived before he met her But if anyone had asked him, he would have answered that he didn t But, after many, many blissful years of marriage, Ove is grieving Grieving far harder than he ever would have thought possible Death is a strange thing People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it s often one of the great motivations for living Ove has always been grumpy, but since the loss of his wife, those characteristics have grown tenfold.Most, if not all, of the neighbors avoid him as much as possibleand with nothing left for him, all Ove can think about is finding a way to join Sonjathat is until a young family moves in next door The bumbling husband and his young and VERY pregnant wife , Parvaneh, move in, along with their two children And suddenly his world becomes upended for the second time in his life.Three points 1 where has this book been all my life 2 according to the audiobook, he s Oo vah It s weird, and I m honestly disappointed that it s not Love but without the L 3 this is, quite possibly, the best book everTo summarize this one was truly one of the best books I ve ever read It is so well written and it s has the perfect blend of heartwarming and heartwrenching I can hardly believe how many times I almost criedonly to burst out laughing My emotions were a roller coaster in the best way possible.The characters were incredibly real I really felt like I could have a full conversation with all of them.And Ove Ove is a charming old grump and I love how this book emphasizes humanity how even the old man down the street needs love in his life.It s just so good PICK IT UP TODAY Audiobook CommentsRead by George Newbern and he really nailed it The audiobook was so perfect so incredible YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Argh It s hard not to start this review with a bunch of expletives, because this book pissed me off royally Shit See, I can t even hold it in The cat and the fat were the straws that broke the camel s back Let s start with Ove not liking the cat Not liking the cat is one thing For some reason bitching about a cat is supposed to be funny, but to me it s annoying Ove kicking the cat a couple of times cranked my wincing up a notch But there was a way worse cat crime Ove was going to leave Argh It s hard not to start this review with a bunch of expletives, because this book pissed me off royally Shit See, I can t even hold it in The cat and the fat were the straws that broke the camel s back Let s start with Ove not liking the cat Not liking the cat is one thing For some reason bitching about a cat is supposed to be funny, but to me it s annoying Ove kicking the cat a couple of times cranked my wincing up a notch But there was a way worse cat crime Ove was going to leave the cat to die in a snow bank The neighbor saw the cat and saved it, while Ove looked on with annoyance So Ove isn t just grumpy, he s heartless seriously mean And then miraculously, yet still predictably, Ove comes to like the cat and suddenly they re best friends At least the story s predictability saved me from fretting incessantly about the cat.Cat problem number 2 The author, Backman, is completely absolutely totally clueless when it comes to cats Cats are known for not being adaptable Yet here is a stray cat i.e., probably unsocialized and skittish and scared of people, who immediately and happily jumps into Ove s car and accompanies him on all his errands I mean the cat actually goes into stores with him What I ve met maybe one cat that doesn t hate riding in a car You usually can t even coax a cat into the car, but if you do succeed, the second the car starts moving the cat freaks out And it s highly unlikely that the cat would follow its new person into a store, full of strange people, sounds, smells, and objects it s just ludicrous When the cat walked into McDonald s with Ove, that was the last straw And never mind that restaurants don t even allow pets including Sweden The writer should have made the animal a dog instead of a cat, or should have talked to a cat person before writing the book.The next huge bitch I have is the way the author talks about the big guy, Jimmy Ove makes a disparaging comment about the guy letting himself get fat So at first, I thought, okay, so Ove doesn t like fat people he doesn t like anyone, so that s not surprising But I quickly see it s the author who has a problem When the author first introduces Jimmy, he s referred to a quarter tonner who, the author says, probably tests bacon for a living The author mentions something about Jimmy s weight every single time Jimmy enters a scene For instance, the author says something like the overweight man gets into the car That s like saying every time a non overweight person gets into a car, the height weight proportionate man gets into the car Not only is it obnoxious that the author points out Jimmy s weight every chance he gets, but isn t it bad writing to repeat, time after time, the same feature of a particular character He s overweight, we get it The author s prejudices and insensitivities are shining through, and they aren t pretty Jimmy either has food hanging out of his mouth, or has food spilled on his clothes, or he s looking for food I hate to tell the author, but most overweight people are not slovenly and they often don t even eat in public His prejudice against overweight people was prominent and infuriating.But I m not done Let s talk about Ove s transformation First, why in the hell would an upbeat woman fall in love with the jerk Talk about an unlikable character And why would any neighbor put up with his shit Not believable, sorry Second, how would his personality change over just a couple of months People don t transform that fast, if at all But most important, I want to know why someone who is grumpy and mean becomes a super star when he simply turns into a civil human being Why is he being rewarded, praised, adored, and esteemed because he finally becomes civil Why does he get extra credit for acting civil, like everyone else is doing all along Okay, there are a couple of fine things about the book Ove is so well drawn, I believed every nasty word he uttered Also, the language is good, and the story moves along seamlessly But there are many structural and logistical problems One time the same paragraph appears three times within 20 pages Another time, a character disappears from a scene This all points to a careless editor and writer Debut book or no debut book, it shouldn t be this sloppy.I wish I had better news Those who aren t bothered by cat and fat insensitivities might find Ove to be interesting and funny, and the book entertaining I didn t The majority of reviews are positive It just hit me all wrong This novel, set in Sweden, tells the story of Ove, who can best be described as a curmudgeon The story takes place after the death of his wife, and shows how healing can occur with the unlikeliest of people, in the unlikeliest of ways. This is a tale that makes you appreciate life I vote OVE as character of the year The author has created the most memorable character to be found in a novel in years OVE , is an unassuming man He likes routines, and rules He s an honest man Doesn t smile and give compliments but he s a man of integrity To watch OVE grow heal the loss of his wife and allow his neighbors to love him and love them back is is a treasure This book has great humor great heart Its a personal This is a tale that makes you appreciate life I vote OVE as character of the year The author has created the most memorable character to be found in a novel in years OVE , is an unassuming man He likes routines, and rules He s an honest man Doesn t smile and give compliments but he s a man of integrity To watch OVE grow heal the loss of his wife and allow his neighbors to love him and love them back is is a treasure This book has great humor great heart Its a personal gift for all readers DON T MISS THIS GEM This was such a nice story It s about the transformations we go through in life and how different events within our life affect, shape us, and make us who we are today. Update I had planned to leave this post as it is, but after seeing the continued kind responses, I thought it best to inform you that my grandad passed away just before Christmas Thank you to everyone who commented about this review and about him, but it seemed wrong to not let you know It s always hard to lose someone who has been such a huge part of your life from day one, but please know that he died a happy old man, peacefully, surrounded by his family And isn t that the best any of us c Update I had planned to leave this post as it is, but after seeing the continued kind responses, I thought it best to inform you that my grandad passed away just before Christmas Thank you to everyone who commented about this review and about him, but it seemed wrong to not let you know It s always hard to lose someone who has been such a huge part of your life from day one, but please know that he died a happy old man, peacefully, surrounded by his family And isn t that the best any of us can ever hope for Emily..I m going to share something with you.My grandad is the very definition of curmudgeonly He s an eighty year old man who likes to complain about anything and everything youth today, UK politics, my dad, the weather, technology you name it He calls me and my siblings up most days to tell stories punctuated with rants and numerous bloody hell s I m not worried about him seeing this post because he doesn t trust computers and hasn t even grasped the concept of the internet Most new technology is referred to as those bloody things , except for FaceTime, which he has recently taken a liking to He makes use of it by popping up on my iPhone multiple times a day to deliver a bout of doom and gloom in which I see nothing on the screen but his chin All my friends are a little afraid of him and are never quite sure when he s joking He is nothing short of a grumpy old man Except, in truth, that s only half of it.The other day I opened the mailbox to find an envelope which contained this picture of me and him from my graduation And with it came this note Thing is, behind whatever my grandad may seem on the outside, he is a loving man who lost his wife my grandmother several years ago He bugs us constantly with his moaning about life because he s lonely and because he misses us He has a heart and he has a sense of humour, even if most people don t really get it And it was in Ove, the protagonist of this novel, that I recognized pieces of my grandadPeople said he was bitter Maybe they were right He d never reflected much on it People also called him antisocial Ove assumed this meant he wasn t overly keen on people And in this instance he could totally agree with them More often than not people were out of their mindsI loved Ove Parts of this novel punched me right in my emotions I think I would have been okay if this novel was merely a sad, moving tale about a man who has to get on with his life after his wife died I could have shaken off the emotional manipulation as I did with The Fault in Our Stars and not shed a tear But this story is so muchthan a tearjerker.Ove shouldn t be a character we love he s so miserly and grumpy and skeptical of everything but he s also hilarious He charms us with his completely uncharming ways Because, though I don t share his worldview, what he says actually makes sense and sometimes it s really funny Take thisOve glares out of the window The poser is jogging Not that Ove is provoked by jogging Not at all Ove couldn t give a damn about people jogging What he can t understand is why they have to make such a big thing of it With those smug smiles on their faces, as if they were out there curing pulmonary emphysema Either they walk fast or they run slowly, that s what joggers do It s a forty year old man s way of telling the world that he can t do anything right Is it really necessary to dress up as a fourteen year old Romanian gymnast in order to be able to do it Or the Olympic tobogganing team Just because one shuffles aimlessly around the block for three quarters of an hour Plus, there s a wonderful cat who our lovable protagonist grudgingly befriends, which just improves this book evenI think perhaps the saddest part of this book is not found in the most obvious place Ove s loss of his wife touched me, but I was evenaffected by the underlying tale of old age and how many old people can be left feeling lonely and out of place towards the end of their lives How difficult it must be to live alone in a world that becomesforeign to you every day, with its new gadgets and trends that you don t understand or care to entertain It was moving and thought provoking.I m going to call my grandad now.Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr Ein Mann Namens Ove A Man Called Ove, Fredrik BackmanA Man Called Ove is a 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer It was published in English in 2013 On U.S edition cover jacketOve is 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 neighbour from hell However, behind the cranky exterior there i Ein Mann Namens Ove A Man Called Ove, Fredrik BackmanA Man Called Ove is a 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer It was published in English in 2013 On U.S edition cover jacketOve is 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 neighbour from hell However, 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 heart warming 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 foundations1395 361 9786002296979 21 1395 392 9786007141779 1395 374 9786001822124 1396 387 9786008173380 1396 296 9786009852871 1396 440 9786008399957 1396 397 9786008755166 1396 360 9786006585499 1397 384 9786008870609 1396 356 9786006443256


About the Author: Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks , My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She s Sorry, Britt Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime Things My Son Needs to Know About the World, his first work of non fiction, will be released in the US in May 2019 His books are published inthan forty countries He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children Connect with him on Twitter BackmanLand or on Instagram backmansk.