A Man Called OveFredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Book Summary

Now a major motion picture A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks!

#1 New York Times bestseller—more than 3 million copies sold!

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.

Fredrik Backman’s beloved first 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).

A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman) Book Reviews

JohnI loved this book. The author is a wise and gifted at creating complex & deeply flawed characters whom you will grow to love..Score: 5/5

A Man Named OveThis book was easy to read, I loved Ove’s personality..Score: 5/5

A man called OveCurrently reading this and loving every page!.Score: 5/5

BeautifulAbsolutely beautiful. This book will touch your heart in ways you did not know you needed..Score: 5/5

FabulousA must read. Couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Great biokIt’s just a really good book, it tugs at your heart strings in a way you wouldn’t expect and Ove is really funny..Score: 5/5

Mr Cranky PantsI laughed. I cried. I had an urge to buy a Saab..Score: 5/5

Emotional roller coasterLet’s just say I cried through the last 5 or 6 chapters. No wonder Fredrik Backman became so well known for this book!.Score: 5/5

Must ReadI fell in love with the characters. This book was beyond amazing. I will be reading it again before the year is done..Score: 5/5

EXCELLENT READ This was by far the best novel that I have read to date. I literally felt like I was one of the neighbors that lived in that row of houses. I actually laughed and I cried. I enjoyed every bit of this book!.Score: 5/5

Incredibly moving read….One of the best works of fiction I have read. A truly touching and heart rending story, with a breadth of knowledge and insight into humanity, grief, love, and hope..Score: 5/5

PerfectWhat can I say? It’s wonderful! Read for yourself..Score: 5/5

An unexpected delightA true feel good story that burrows into you before you know it and takes you along for a marvelous ride.Score: 5/5

Slow plotNot my favorite read, while the book was beautifully written, I found the plot line slow and uninteresting..Score: 2/5

My heart is full.I had the biggest dumbest smile slapped across my face reading the last few chapters of this book. Even found myself kicking with glee at some parts. This book is excellent—heartwarming, funny, equal parts light and heavy. You will feel so many things. But most importantly, it will make your heart feel full..Score: 5/5

Amazing charactersI love this book. A bit rambling at times, but it comes together beautifully..Score: 5/5

Incredible bookThis is by far the only book that cracked me up and burst me in tears.Great story that makes you think about your relationship. I totally recommend this book ,don’t miss this masterpiece.Score: 5/5

Loved it!All the feelings! This is an absolutely fabulous story..Score: 5/5

A man called OveBrilliant. Heartfelt story. Most men will be able to relate to Ove somewhat or someone like him. He is your worst nightmare as an HOA president though!.Score: 5/5

Want moreA book about life. Beautiful..Score: 5/5

Good book 💕A story of love and unlikely friendships, where houses and cars symbolize the character of the people who own them. Characters I will remember fondly..Score: 4/5

Gets interesting towards the endA bit too slow and way too detailed for my taste, especially in the beginning. I had to skip through a few chapters. But even as I did, the humor jumped out..Score: 4/5

Marvelous and originalCan a grief filled, socially inept man who only wants to end his life find any salvation in human relationships almost at his doorstep? Can any of this be the basis of an incredibly heartwarming and continuously humorous story? You will enjoy the wit, the characters and the slow build towards the inevitable. A truly original piece of work..Score: 5/5

Tears and laughsThis book left me quickly crying on a plane. I was drawn in by the grumpy observations of a simple old man and had my heart wretched by beautiful human connection.Score: 5/5

Simple and so profoundBeautiful and meaningful.Score: 5/5

Great story!Oh my gosh, I laughed, I cried. A must read. Hope I remember to read it again some years down the road..Score: 5/5

Didn’t care for itI was really hoping to like this book. Most reviews are great. I couldn’t get into it. The writing was good but the story line didn’t grab or keep me. I got through 2/3 of the book and gave up. I really wanted to like this one!.Score: 2/5

A classic.I never would have thought that I’d read a book from start to end with a box of tissue by my side. This book is definitely a favorite from here on after. Double thumbs up dont give it justice at all. It is a must read!!.Score: 5/5

Yes.Just yes 🙌.Score: 5/5

A man called oveFabulous.Score: 5/5

Heartwarming and UpliftingWhat a touching story about humanity and love. It will warm your heart as you speed through this book. You can’t put it down. Not surprised it’s set to be a movie!.Score: 5/5

My new favorite book!It made me laugh (harder than I can ever remember), it made me cry (harder than I have in a long time). It’s truly touching and delightful..Score: 5/5

Laughter and TendernessOve is a lovable curmudgeon. The story weaves the tale from the past to the present time. You will laugh and cry as Ove discovers the meaning of living..Score: 5/5

A Man Called OveAfter reading this book I need to read everything from this author. He is just too good!.Score: 4/5

An Amazing JourneyA Man Called Ove captures the essence of the grief Ove goes through after losing the love of his life. The story takes us through his ups and downs as he realizes that maybe, it’s not the end of the world yet. A tremendous read that I’d recommend to anyone..Score: 5/5

Delightful and movingA wonderful tale of a man…..Score: 5/5

All the FeelsThis book had me laughing, crying, caring and understanding! It’s very rare that a book keeps you so entertained and emotionally invested. So worth reading!.Score: 5/5

A Man Called OveShows how simple caring and not just assuming that a person is what they seem outwardly can bring a joy and new life for all being touched- there is always a back story behind how a person is..Score: 5/5

Not my usual genreI connected immediately to Ove and enjoyed every page. I laughed....often. And I cried. Great book. Definitely read!.Score: 5/5

A Man Called OveGreat story, woven together with clues about what happens. Laugh, cringe, cry! Respected Ove, his deeds spoke much louder then his words..Score: 4/5

MovingTouching, funny, tragic, heartwarming..Score: 5/5

Outstanding!This book was written with so much meaning! I loved every minute of it! I laughed out loud and cried a lot too. It is such a meaningful story and I really thought all the characters were amazing. This author is awesome! I felt like I knew all the characters personally. Loved this book!!!!!!!.Score: 5/5

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️My dad would have liked this book..When the writer can make you laugh and cry in the same manuscript I think he has done his job admirably. And I’m more of a dog person really but I like this cat..Score: 5/5

Loved Ove!Wonderful book!.Score: 5/5

Loved every secondBeautiful and touching! Worth the read!!.Score: 5/5

It’s in awful shape, due to lack of editing.This book was pretty funny and probably just about anyone can relate to dealing with someone like Ove. The problem is in the lack of editing- what a mess. I cannot believe Simon & Schuster allowed this to go to press in such condition. The tense constantly flip flops between past and present, even sometimes, in the same sentence so it's very distracting, hindering the reading process. Another example of the poor editing is as Ove converses with another person, this person is a 'he' one minute and a 'she' the next. No continuity and causes more confusion. I couldn't bring myself to finish it, despite enjoying the content. If they couldn't be bothered with producing a professional book, it doesn't deserve my attention..Score: 2/5

Heart warmingI loved this book so much!.Score: 5/5

Must readOne of the best books I’ve ever read. And I’m a very serious an avid reader..Score: 5/5

OveA well written character study with a cast of fascinating characters..Score: 5/5

OvePossibly the best book I’ve ever read. Well actually I borrowed the audiobook I love to hear Mr. Backman’s words..Score: 5/5

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