Fickle, But Endearing

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This definitely isn’t my usual type of book, but I’m glad I read it. Every once in a while, you have to change things up a little. ‘A Man Called Ove’ was a great choice for me.

Ove is a wonderful character. He is opinionated, cantankerous and utterly set in his ways. He is a man that has been left behind in many ways, unwilling to adapt and unable to understand the thought process that drives “modern man” in this technological era.

When his new neighbor’s failed attempts to back a trailer up draws his attention, it is only the first of many humorous interactions to come. Despite his unpleasant disposition and perpetual crankiness, Ove seems to constantly be coming to the rescue of his newest neighbors. He comes off as “hard” at first, but it quickly becomes clear that he is a softie.

A series of comical and heart-warming events play out, which kept me laughing and smiling. Little by little, we are provided glimpses of Ove’s past, experiencing the love he has for his deceased wife and the events that shaped him into the man he became. Slowly but surely, I fell in love with this gruff old man.

Determined to end his life and join his wife, fate combined with his his infallible values and sense of civic duty to repeatedly postpone his suicide. There’s always something that he has to take care of before he can draw his last breath. Time after time, his plans are thwarted.

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic story. Everybody needs an Ove in their life!

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