A Man Called Ove

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A Man Called Ove Book Summary

Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm!

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

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  • A man called Ove

    By 10sny1
    I can't say enough about this book!!! I absolutely loved it!! Do yourself a favor a read it! I didn't want it to end.
  • A Man Called Ove

    By Billybob1234568790
    Read in 3 sittings, 1 of which was in the bar while my husband was away and I grinned and tittered at bits. The next day I cried. Beautiful read. We can all relate in some way I think to the characters and you do feel yourself cringing at the complete 'un-PC' vocabulary which makes it all the more real.
  • So much fun!

    By thareeve
    I am not an avid reader. I stumbled upon this book and just could not put it down. I really enjoyed the way the story was told. The writer takes the reader through fun-to-follow paths in any given chapter. This book was worth the investment of my time.
  • A Man Called Ove

    By Reads2me
    Just wonderful. I laughed out loud and cried more than once. If you are not a complete idiot, read this book. Please.
  • A Man Called Ove

    By Her Irish Gram
    Charming and funny. I smiled through the entire read. It will be some time before I read another book so quickly. A 5 star for sure.
  • Get ready to laugh and cry

    By Sunni16
    I read this book over a year ago, and yet when someone mentions "good books", I always come up with this one. I know that I've literally read hundreds of books, yet this has a special place for me. It may be that we all know an 'Ove'.
  • A great read

    By Solonreader
    My father was Swedish - and Ove has may of his traits: impatient, opinionated, quick to anger, and intolerant of fools and drivers who followed too closely. He would also be the first person to help fix anything broken. As I read this marvelous book I recognized my father — and myself! I share those same traits. Fortunately I also recognized my eagerness to reach out to people in need, to work hard, and to be honest. This was one of those books that I wanted to go on and on …. I'd laugh while reading one page - and then hold back some tears a few pages later. This is a book that will touch your heart — and if it does not - I will worry about you.
  • A man called ove

    By didi450
    I loved everything about this book, writing style and characters. The unraveling of the story kept me intrigued. I couldn't put it down and was terribly sad when reading it came to an end.
  • Great Read

    By andrewthewriter
    Just read it. You will not be sorry. Fantastic read.
  • I laughed, I cried...

    By Lwdz
    I started off slowly with this book but I'm so glad I stuck with it. The pace and the tone seemed to escalate their way to the perfect ending. A funny and heartwarming send up to curmudgeonly virile men of an older generation. I am buying this for my father and step father tomorrow.

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