A Man Called Ove

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch
Published by Atria Books on July 15th 2014
Pages: 337
ISBN: 1476738017
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This book started slow for me and then gradually I found myself liking it more and more. I think this is what the Author’s intent was with Ove. We are instantly introduced to Ove and then the more we learn about him, the more we like him. There is more to Ove than the crabby exterior he presents to the world. As his wife once said “he is dancing on the inside”. Ove likes order, he likes rules, he thinks things should be a certain way and yet he lets a cast of characters into his life who don’t follow the rules, who fly by the seat of their pants and aren’t very orderly. This is the true beauty of the book. Under his stern, tough exterior there is a sweet man who returns a wallet full of money as child, a man who takes a train the wrong way to sit next to a woman, a man who teaches a woman to drive, takes in a misfit cat, befriends a young man and becomes a surrogate grandfather.

This was a moving book. At times funny, at times sad, but always good.


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