A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

A Novel

Book - 2014
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L_Sanga
Oct 25, 2020

I loved, loved, loved this story. A heartwarming tale that makes you ponder the ones in your life that you you cherish. To question yourself.....can I do more for the people I love. Nothing but positive thoughts after finishing.
Backman's distinctive style is evident from this first novel. Emphatic characters that warm the heart.
It's a re-read, it's a 5/5.

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bobdahlbad
Oct 07, 2020

It can be a bit hard to follow the characters and the story Rolla coasters chronologically but it keeps you asking for more. Ove is someone we can all identify with, either personally or in a family member or friend. You'll laugh, say a few "oh my's" and in the end, shed a few tears. A definite must read, and I'm on to my next Backman book.

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Indoorcamping
Sep 22, 2020

You think you’re going to read something ordinary, maybe morose. That idea quickly vanishes once you fall deep underwater into the beautiful ocean that is the experience of living in this story. The characters, the plot devices, the man called Ove: so sweet, so funny, so terribly sad. This is why we read, or why we all would be better people: to create some empathy and understanding toward people who, upon first impression, are not impressive.

There is nothing I can write that is in any way worthy of what this book did to me. It plain knocked my views of grouchy old relatives straight out of my head. My relatives are nothing like Ove, but we all know an Ove. What they are inside, what battles they are fighting, what they do for others, what they don’t say, we just assume the worst and don’t dig in to find something greater than we could ever assume.

If anything makes you take the time to look deeper into someone’s story for which you previously ignored, this is it. We all need to be a little more Sonja.

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BARosen1112
Sep 05, 2020

This book rocketed author Fredrik Backman to world-wide fame, and deservedly so. It's the story of a man whose wife has recently passed away, and finds re-connection thanks to a group of zany, concerned neighbors. Backman employs a fable-like simplicity in style, and the book is filled with insight into belonging, family, friends, as well as humor and warmth. This book was the basis of a wonderful movie of the same name, and Backman has a new one out, Anxious People, which I'm looking forward to reading soon. Ove is highly recommended!

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lcdguy
Aug 30, 2020

Oh I laughed and I cried. This is a marvelous read.

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apasipes
Jul 23, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and it made me cry. The characters and situations were developed enough to understand them, but not in so much detail to make the story drag.
I also watched the movie on Kanopy and enjoyed that too.

Petehere99 Jul 20, 2020

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"Well, in Whoville they say -- that the Grinch's heart grew three sizes that day." Dr. Seuss

There is a lot of the Grinch in Fredrik Backman's 'Ove,' and also some Gru from 'Despicable Me.' In fact, as the the story unfolds, the only living thing that wants anything to do with the 59 year-old Swedish curmudgeon is the neighborhood stray cat. But as the chapters pass, more and more is revealed about Ove. His early days are harsh to be sure, but his path leads to a tender and bittersweet romance with the only love of his life. But his days, he feels, are nearly over -- until the new neighbors move in and run over his mailbox. She's Iranian and he's, well, Ove. His greatest compliment to anyone is "You're not entirely without hope." The new neighbor has her work cut out for her, but she's up for it even while several months pregnant. A Man Called Ove was so funny and touching that I had to put it down several times just think about it. So many customers and friends recommended this book to me, and so I'm recommending it to you. As I toured my neighborhood the other day picking up trash and guarding against possible malfeasance, I thought, "My gosh, I'm Ove." You probably know one too.

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andreabilyeu
May 22, 2020

The movie is good too.

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maipenrai
May 19, 2020

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

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ValinOR14
Mar 17, 2020

“For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.”

When I started reading A Man Called Ove I was worried I might not like it. After all, I'd already tried to read The Story of Arthur Truluv: A Novel and after about a third of the way through, I gave up. As I read A Man Called Ove I discovered I didn't like this book, either. I LOVED it. I was surprised by how many times the book made me chuckle.

I highly recommend A Man Called Ove!!!

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MichelleEvelyn1977
Mar 10, 2020

This book is truly delightful. I listened to it during my daily work commute and ran the gambit of emotions during that time. Sometimes Ove made me mad, other times I was nodding my head in wholehearted agreement over his reactions to people or situations he encountered, it made me laugh endlessly, and at times it even made me cry. I'm looking forward to checking out some of the authors other work to see if they are just as enjoyable as this one was.

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merritr
Feb 13, 2020

I won’t spend a lot of time reviewing this book. It seems like a relatively simple premise: old curmudgeon can’t stand anyone but people won’t leave him alone, no matter how hard he tries. But Backman makes sure that the reader can’t help but start to love this man and the quirky crew that can’t let the poor man be. I LOVED this book tremendously, and will definitely try another one of Backman’s in the near future. Note: There is already a film adaptation (in Swedish), but apparently there is an American version being made with Tom Hanks playing Ove. Because that’s the way these things are supposed to be done. ;)

5 out of 5 Merritt Badges

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celiawhite99
Jan 28, 2020

Great book, really enjoyed it!

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patcarstensen
Jan 22, 2020

I was put off a bit at the beginning because of the author's tone toward Ove, but ended up really liking the book, especially because the author captures so well exactly how someone like Ove would think.

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lisser
Dec 01, 2019

It made me cry at the end, it's sad to think that someone so methodically tries to think of ways to kill themselves but I was happy that things changed. I wasn't really interested in this book originally but so many patrons returned it to the library I figured why not try to read it?

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papaw53
Nov 10, 2019

Recommended by EJ

Gr33nbird Nov 07, 2019

A Man Called Ove explores themes of intergenerational connection, community, and aging. Backman's writing is full of fresh and unexpected descriptions that are often hilarious. His characters display the rich depth of everyday people. Prepare to get a range of feels.

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EljayJohnson
Aug 25, 2019

A terribly depressed, bitter, and mean "old man" (59!) unrealistically and unbelievably changes over the course of a few weeks because a couple with a pregnant woman, hapless husband and cute kids moves in next door, a young gay man needs him, a former friend has Alzheimer's, and he helps a youth his dead wife knew fix a bike. Assumedly "heartwarming", but to me it was saccharine and insipid -- very Lifetime movie of the week. And I understand that most readers found it very funny. Multiple suicide attempts? Hilarious! Significant untreated mental illness, coupled with grief and loss? What a laugh! Wow. I really do not get the love for this book.

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cklebes
Jul 15, 2019

Loved it. It is a slow revelation of one man's life and personality. Blended with funny quirky characters. Tragedy and comedy.

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Tamar0127
Jul 11, 2019

I had read My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry first and absolutely loved it, so when I started this one I didn't think I would like it as much but I did enjoy it and I absolutely loved the ending. I am looking forward to reading his other books soon!

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supkanjilal
May 30, 2019

This is a lovely book. I couldn't put it down. I laughed and cried through all of it. Very heartwarming. And it especially makes you realize in this day and age that even if we look different, eat different, talk different, at the heart of it we are all the same.

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VLSGarnerJ
May 17, 2019

7.

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kibister
May 10, 2019

It was a charming and wonderful read, however, it wasn’t exactly refreshing, was it? It’s not exactly new and we knew where this story would end up, so the question was how it happens. I liked it a great deal but, I usually reserve five stars for books that aren’t so familiar, and syrupy.

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DW_kcls
Mar 16, 2019

When I began Reading A Man Called Ove, I thought to myself how glad I was that I had read all but one of Fredrick Backman's other books first.

About halfway through A Man Called Ove I finally became engaged in the story.
About three quarters of the way through, when he decided to teach "Pregnant Foreign Woman" to drive, I fell a little bit in love with Ove.
By the end, my heart was full ... and shattered.

Some here are upset about the way Ove names things or treats the cat, but they have to realize Ove is not a man of this time, of their time. There was a time, in my adult life as recently as the early 1970's, when gays happily called themselves a word that the political correctness police have now banned. There was a time when men were not publicly diminished and insulted when they spoke their thoughts. They were the original "speak truth to power" folks, not the poor carbon copies that claim that mantle today. There was a time when there was no such thing as 'political correctness'. Was it a better time? I don't know, but in my opinion, in this issue, yes, because truth is always better than disguised truth. Bucking up to to honest truth is always better than cowering to the disguised truth of political correctness. Is there a value in saying what you think? Yes, I believe so. Is there a value in saying it kindly? Absolutely.

I hate that people today denigrate and want to censor what was TRUE in the past: the ugliness today surrounding the truth OF THE TIME of Huckleberry Finn or of Of Mice and Men, when it WASN'T considered ugly but a fact of life in that time. In MY opinion, those offended need thicker skin. And to learn a little history. By censoring yourself, you are missing so much great literature. By censoring for others you are responsible for their missing it and especially for their opportunity to decide for themselves. You may not like a fact, you may want to erase a fact, but you cannot change the existence of a fact. Celebrate the changes and growth FROM the past rather than trying to pretend it didn't exist. It did.

I'm better for having read the now 'banned' books, not for celebrating the reason for the banning but for the opportunity to immerse myself in a culture different than today, to learn the differences and the WHY of the differences. My adult children are as well when they read them and their young children, as they now read great literature by great authors, are too. One of what I considered the funniest of a sincerely spewed insult was when I was called a racist for RE-READING The Story of Little Black Sambo, a book well loved and remembered from my childhood. A book we read in school. Thought police, indeed.

The needless angst over a few words in A Man Called Ove doesn't diminish the story, it enriches the character as we watch him grow and LEARN.

Ove was a man of his time when ACTIONS meant more than words, when a man was defined by his actions, not by mere ephemeral words. Ove's honor and his actions belie and far outweigh his "political incorrectness".

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ellenmargaret1953
Feb 13, 2019

A Persian woman and her family, a scrawny cat, and two indolent teenagers interrupt Ove's plans in a funny and heartrending story. In a throw away world Ove re-finds that he is needed and that he needs others. Love it and want to read it again. One of the best I've read in the last year.


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