Book Review :: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Book cover for A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon.”

Thus begins the book jacket blurb for A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Published in Sweden in 2012 and translated into English in 2013, Backman’s book originated on his blog. Readers loved the character so much that over 1,000 fans petitioned writer Fredrik Backman to write a book about the cranky old man with a big heart. He agreed and the resulting book is a worldwide success translated into 38 languages, adapted as a stage play as well as an award-winning film.

The ladies in our book club loved the quirky story about the cranky old man next door. Every member reported being pulled right into the story from the first paragraph and the book earned an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5. They compared Fredrik Backman’s writing to Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg and Jonas Jonasson.

You are bound to know a man like Ove. It is touching and funny. A heartwarming story. A story about a grumpy old man with a big heart.”

A likable old curmudgeon in spite of himself.”

Very lighthearted story! Humourous and touching at the same time.”

Though it is a funny book, as is often the case with humour, the story touches on some dark themes. When the novel opens, Ove is lonely and planning his own suicide. He is ultimately unsuccessful, however, because the new family next door keep interrupting him. They develop an unlikely friendship, and the boisterous family unwittingly coax Ove back from the edge.

The book club was unanimous that they would read other books by Mr. Backman. Thank goodness he’s a prolific writer.

Other books by Fredrik Backman:
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
Britt-Marie was Here
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
Beartown
The Deal of a Lifetime
Us Against You

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