A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Source: Book Club (Library book)
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Humour
Publication Date: 7th May 2015
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.
But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…
The word-of-mouth bestseller causing a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman’s heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step – and less ready to judge on first impressions a man you might one day wish to have as your dearest friend.”
My Thoughts & Review
This was our March pick for book club and this is another book that I would not have necessarily picked up myself, but glad it was chosen for book club.
So, I started reading this book a week after the book club meeting as I had to go and pick up my copy from the library as I wasn’t able to make the meeting when they were handed out. I have to admit I really struggled with this book at the beginning but slowly warmed to it as I read on.
At first I found the character Ove really annoying, and didn’t really like him, but having read to the end and learning about his life growing up I can now understand why he turned out the way he did, and I actually felt very sorry for him.
This book will make you smile, laugh out a little and may even cause some to shed a tear or two. A lovely enjoyable book in the end. A book that I would recommend.
I’m going to keep this review short and sweet as if I went into more detail I would have to give too much away.
Some thoughts from other book club members:
(Spoiler free thoughts)
“I was sure about it when I started it felt, so slow and depressing but it picked up and I liked it”
“It was a very good book I think it was my favourite from all the books we have read”
“It was funny in places, I actually started laughing”
“Made me think about a lot of things about becoming old and being on my own. Was a good book”
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