A Man Called Ove

Paperback | September 28, 2016

byFredrik Backman

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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.

'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail
'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it' Spectator Books of the Year

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...

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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.'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round ...

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A MAN CALLED OVE has been a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia where it has sold over half-a-million copies. Fredrik's second novel, MY GRANDMOTHER SENDS HER REGARDS AND APOLOGISES, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication in 2014.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:September 28, 2016Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warmed my heart This book is a great read. It's easy to see Ove as a an old jerk (which he can be) but there is so much more to him!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fell In Love From Chapter one i was hooked. Best book I've read this year! Ove is a character I think everyone can relate to and will learn to love. I laughed and I cried, often all in the same chapter. I just couldn't put it down. Fredrik Backman is an incredible writer!!!! you will not regret reading his novel.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read! I found it almost impossible to put this book down. Very moving and beautifully written.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming One of the best books I've read this year! You cannot help but love Ove, a curmudgeonly old man (think "get off my lawn" type) with a hidden heart of gold. This book will make you laugh and cry. The premise may not sound like a "wow, I must read this book" type however it is well worth the read. If you don't like this book in the end, you must be made of stone ;)
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great realistic story.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart warming story! "Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it's often one of the great motivations for the living. Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder, more obstinately, with more fury. Some need its constant presence to even be aware of its antithesis. Others become so preoccupied with it that they go into the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival. We fear it, yet most of us fear more than anything that it may take someone other than ourselves. For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone." What a heart warming story! I have to admit, at the start of this book I really disliked this grumpy old man, but loved him by the end. It was so sweet to see him progress throughout the book and to learn and understand why he was the way he was. It really makes you stop and think about what shapes people's personalities and actions.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute story A cute story and a quick read about a grumpy old man and a persistent neighbour who won't give up on him
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This is the best feel good book I have ever read. I recommend it to everyone. Although the premise might not intrigue you, it is so worth it.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming & intriguing; a pure delight There comes, every once in a while, a book cloaked in simplicity, but chalk-full of charm, that stays with you long after you've read the last page. This is book is one of them. Put simply, it is a rare jewel of a story, full of well-developed characters that you'll come to regard as your best friends, a bittersweet storyline, all wrapped up in a wonderful writing style that is both engaging but easy-to-read. I could barely put it down, and I would challenge anyone to do otherwise.
Date published: 2016-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A favourite of the year Entertaining to read of the everyday life of Swedish neighbours seen through the eyes of a grumpy man, his character stays with me, reminded me you never know someone's story and what goes on behind closed doors and grumpy responses.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming How did Ove, a grumpy Swedish man, become dear to my heart in less than three hundred pages. I have to mark it down to the brilliance of debut author Fredrik Backman. When I first started reading this book, I thought the language seemed a bit stilted and unwelcoming, sort of like Ove himself. I put it down to the author writing his native language and then the translator Henning Koch, himself a Swede, putting his own spin on the words. After a few pages I grew used to the writing style and started to fall in love with the book and it's unique character. Ove is a good man, he's worked hard all his life, is true to his adored wife and diligent in meeting his own exacting standards. He never got into the habit of cultivating friends as his wife provided all the company and companionship he ever thought he needed. His new neighbour Parvaneh didn't know this and wasn't about to be told she couldn't be his friend. She didn't set out to totally disrupt Ove's life, but that's what happened with her simple neighbourly requests. I loved watching her little intrusions into his orderly life and plans. All the little nudges and tweaks resulting in cascade of change. I didn't know what to expect when I started this book; I have heard so many good reviews and recommendations though nothing specific. I'm glad I didn't let the awkward beginning scare me away as this was a most rewarding read that I would have been sorry to miss. I really hope that there are lots of Parvaneh's out there knocking on their neighbour's doors.
Date published: 2016-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Bood A friend recommended this book, and I'm so glad I bought it. It was funny and sad all at the same time. If you liked "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry", read this book. The story is about Ove, a curmudgeonly "older" man. He seems to dislike everything, but some new neighbours change his life.
Date published: 2016-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ove - feels like I met you A delightful story of Ove, well written elderly character who I still think of 2 weeks after I finished the novel. A light read of a group of neighbours and the dynamics based in Sweden.
Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can find a thing wrong with this book :) I think we've all known a person like Ove, and probably misjudged them :( so hilarious in parts - his failed attempts at suicide - and so sad in others - his love and loneliness after his wife died. Nice to know some of his neighbors looked past his grumpiness and saw the warmth in his soul. Could be a lesson to all of us, don't judge a book by it's cover - no pun intended !!
Date published: 2015-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent A beautifully written book. Equal parts funny and heartbreaking.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic What a beautiful read from start to finish! I cannot recommend this book enough, the characters are endearing and I laughed and cried all the way throughout. Fantastic read and story
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Absolutely loved the simplicity of story. A beautiful read :)
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fell in love with ove Once in a while, you just have to sit back and enjoy a simple story about love and redemption. If so, this is the book to do so. One cannot help loving Ove, despite every attempt he makes for you not to love him. I found him so human and so real. It was lovely to have spent time with him.
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant and hysterically funny in equal measure In my latest reading adventure I traveled to Sweden where I met “A man called Ove“. Ove is a loveable curmudgeon in late middle-age. He is ever so slightly OCD and has a problem with the machinations of society. Ove is very set in his ways and is disdainful of almost everyone he meets. He has a fondness for rules and thinks that anyone who doesn’t follow them is a harbinger of chaos. He has always driven a Saab car and thinks that what car a person drives tells a lot about a person. His story is told in a series of flashbacks which makes the reader cognizant of all the loss and sadness that Ove has encountered in his life along with all the many talents he possesses. In the present, over the course of of several months, Ove, with a little help from his friends, gets a new lease on life. Poignant and hysterically funny in equal measure, “A man called Ove” is a heartwarming novel of life, loss, and our intrinsic need to be needed. Skillfully written with charm and wit, this debut novel is a fast read – and one you will remember for a long time. You know you’ve read a good book when after the last page is turned you are already missing the characters… I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed “The storied life of A.J. Fikry” or “The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry“. “A man called Ove” came about as a result of a blog post from Swedish author Fredrik Backman. His readers took to the character and requested more and more. The result was this novel. Like Frederik Backman’s blog readers, this reader believes that the world would be a better place with more people like “A man called Ove“.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quirky little piece it's such a cute book that reminds me of Up
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ended up loving it I first tried reading A Man Called Ove from Swedish author Fredrik Backman. Ove is the perfect archetype for the word 'curmudgeon'. Everything is Ove's world is black and white, right and wrong. Rules are meant to be followed, signs are meant to be obeyed and Ove will let you know if you don't. I read the first bit and actually felt quite sad. I didn't want to listen to a litany of complaints. (I have to listen to a few people like this at work - why bring it home?) I just thought this wasn't a book for me. But then I started hearing how much everyone loved it - and the library ordered the audio version - so I thought I would give it another go by listening. And am I ever glad I did! The story came alive for me with George Newbern's reading. He captured the mental image I had created for Ove, but also gave him a humanity beyond the grousing. Ove's wife Sonia died four years ago and Ove has now decided that life is not worth living - suicide is on his list of things to do that day. Until a new, noisy family moves in next door. Of course they don't know how to back in a trailer. Ove will show them how to do it right. Suicide goes on the list for tomorrow. But then there's one more thing that Ove needs to oversee - and then another.... I can't believe I almost missed this wonderful tale! Backman is a gifted storyteller - I became completely invested in this little corner of the world, cheering on Ove as he rediscovers life - with a side of grumpy. If you liked The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you will enjoy A Man Called Ove.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book surprised me. I thought when I first started reading it that I wouldn't like it and possibly not finish it, but then I was hooked on Ove. There is something about this book that touches your heart. When I was finished I actually missed the characters (especially the cat!) I recommend this book - just sit back and let it fill your heart!!!
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ahhh...the Swedes! After reading the Dragon Tattoo series, the style of Swedish writers has caught my attention. They have a remarkable sense of humour that I am thoroughly enjoying and this novel is no exception. The story follows an old man in a suburban community from his childhood into his current aged state and explains a lot of the events that have given him his dour outlook. It also unveils the innate humanity within us all and how he begins to interact with his neighbours and humans in general once again. A worthwhile read, methinks.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm & Quirky A Man called Ove just wants to be left alone to kill himself and he would do so if it weren’t for those idiotic neighbours interfering with his plans. When his constant vigilance isn’t needed to prevent them from breaking the neighbourhood rules, his assistance is needed to prevent one disaster after another. So what’s a grumpy old man to do when death is calling but life just keeps demanding his attention? A Man Called Ove is the debut novel by Swedish author Fredrik Backman and what a funny, sweet tale it is. It is a story of love, loss, grief, loneliness, and the importance of community and it will make you laugh and cry in equal measures. Backman has created in Ove one of the most likable curmudgeons you’ll meet in literature. It is Ove’s outward grump and inward marshmallow that keeps the story from slipping over the line from tragicomedy to schmaltz. He is rigid, opinionated, but, most of all, endearing. A Man Called Ove is a heart-warming tale of the importance of community and how diversity of all types, rather than dividing it, makes it strong. A very high recommendation from me for this warm and quirky novel.
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Enthusiastic Stars! A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Sweden) 5 Enthusiastic Stars!! You will love Fredrick Backman?s story of Ove, a cranky, miserable, and angry-at-the-world, widower who has recently been made redundant in his job. Forced out of the workforce into retirement, Ove stomps through the now even longer days since his wife?s passing with impatience and disdain. He takes it upon himself to make sure that his housing complex runs properly and in line with the rules. What Ove can?t understand is everyone?s sheer lack of respect for rules. Why is it so hard to read the posted signs? Why does everyone think that they can ignore them? One of his biggest peeves is: ?No motorized vehicles in residential areas!? and he makes it his mission to stop anyone who violates this rule. It?s a funny and poignant story with heart. Ove, while cranky, is lovable and true. His adherence to ?the way things are done? reminded me so much of my own father and had me reminiscing about my dad?s insistence that the only type of car to purchase was GM. In Ove?s case, it?s Saab. His relationships are few and strained at best. Sonja, Ove?s late wife, always knew just how to make him look past the surface of things. But since her death, Ove has had difficulty getting through the day. All he wants is to be reunited with Sonja and to be left in peace while he attempts to accomplish this. After repeated interruptions from new neighbours, old neighbours and a smattering of other annoyances, including a stray cat, Ove begins to slowly open himself up to life once again. This wonderfully written story had me laughing, crying, and reminiscing. I was unable to put it down! It?s going to take North America by storm.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Enthusiastic Stars! A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Sweden) 5 Enthusiastic Stars!! You will love Fredrick Backman?s story of Ove, a cranky, miserable, and angry-at-the-world, widower who has recently been made redundant in his job. Forced out of the workforce into retirement, Ove stomps through the now even longer days since his wife?s passing with impatience and disdain. He takes it upon himself to make sure that his housing complex runs properly and in line with the rules. What Ove can?t understand is everyone?s sheer lack of respect for rules. Why is it so hard to read the posted signs? Why does everyone think that they can ignore them? One of his biggest peeves is: ?No motorized vehicles in residential areas!? and he makes it his mission to stop anyone who violates this rule. It?s a funny and poignant story with heart. Ove, while cranky, is lovable and true. His adherence to ?the way things are done? reminded me so much of my own father and had me reminiscing about my dad?s insistence that the only type of car to purchase was GM. In Ove?s case, it?s Saab. His relationships are few and strained at best. Sonja, Ove?s late wife, always knew just how to make him look past the surface of things. But since her death, Ove has had difficulty getting through the day. All he wants is to be reunited with Sonja and to be left in peace while he attempts to accomplish this. After repeated interruptions from new neighbours, old neighbours and a smattering of other annoyances, including a stray cat, Ove begins to slowly open himself up to life once again. This wonderfully written story had me laughing, crying, and reminiscing. I was unable to put it down! It?s going to take North America by storm.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Absolutely delightful. We all know someone like Ove. Thank you Heather for recommending it.
Date published: 2014-11-02

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A MAN CALLED OVE is a wonderful novel that will stay with you . . . Ove's story has an underlying sadness which the author tackles with great warmth and humour . . . It's a bittersweet, heartwarming tale which will leave listeners with a restored faith in the power of friendship and perhaps even a love for cats.-Psychologies Magazine