A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

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At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots. Ove's well-ordered, solitary world gets a shake-up one November morning with the appearance of new neighbors--a chatty young couple and their two boisterous daughters--who announce their arrival by accidentally flattening Ove's mailbox with their U-Haul. What follows is a funny and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unlikely friendships, and a community's unexpected reassessment of the one person they thought they had all figured out.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476738024
9781476738017
1476738017
1476738025
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Man som heter Ove. English

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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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Ana89_0
Mar 06, 2020

All people want to live dignified lives; dignity just means something different to different people.

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Ana89_0
Mar 06, 2020

We always think that there is enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then, something happens and then we stand there holding on to do words like "if".

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cknightkc
Jul 21, 2017

Ove has probably known all along what he has to do, but all people at root are time optimists. We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like “if”. - p. 282

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cknightkc
Jul 21, 2017

“Men are what they are because of what they do. Not what they say,” said Ove - p. 78

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cknightkc
Jul 21, 2017

Her laughter catches him off guard. As if it’s carbonated and someone has poured it too fast and it’s bubbling over in all directions. It doesn’t fit at all with the gray cement and right-angled garden paving stones. It’s an untidy, mischievous laugh that refuses to go along with rules and prescriptions. - p. 60

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“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.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“To love someone is like moving into a house," Sonja used to say. "At first you fall in love in everything new, you wonder every morning that this is one's own, as if they are afraid that someone will suddenly come tumbling through the door and say that there has been a serious mistake and that it simply was not meant to would live so fine. But as the years go by, the facade worn, the wood cracks here and there, and you start to love this house not so much for all the ways it is perfect in that for all the ways it is not. You become familiar with all its nooks and crannies. How to avoid that the key gets stuck in the lock if it is cold outside. Which floorboards have some give when you step on them, and exactly how to open the doors for them not to creak. That's it, all the little secrets that make it your home. "

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“People said Ove saw the world in black and white. But she was color. All the color he had.”

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2016

“. . . a laptop?” Ove shakes his head wildly and leans menacingly over the counter. “No, I don’t want a ‘laptop.’ I want a computer.”

Every morning for the almost four decades they had lived in this house, Ove had put on the coffee percolator, using exactly the same amount of coffee as on any other morning, and then drank a cup with his wife. One measure for each cup, and one extra for the pot—no more, no less.

Ove stomped forward. The cat stood up. Ove stopped. They stood there measuring up to each other for a few moments, like two potential troublemakers in a small-town bar. Ove considered throwing one of his clogs at it. The cat looked as if it regretted not bringing its own clogs to lob back.

Also drives an Audi, Ove has noticed. He might have known. Self-employed people and other idiots all drive Audis.

Suddenly he’s a bloody “generation.” Because nowadays people are all thirty-one and wear too-tight trousers and no longer drink normal coffee.

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2016

All the things Ove’s wife has bought are “lovely” or “homey.” Everything Ove buys is useful. Stuff with a function.

The little foreign woman steps towards him and only then does Ove notice that she’s either very pregnant or suffering from what Ove would categorize as selective obesity.

“Holy Christ. A lower-arm amputee with cataracts could have backed this trailer more accurately than you,”

Ove doubts whether someone who can’t park a car properly should even be allowed to vote.

“Men are what they are because of what they do. Not what they say,” said Ove.

Nowadays people changed their stuff so often that any expertise in how to make things last was becoming superfluous. Quality: no one cared about that anymore.

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supkanjilal
May 30, 2019

Grumpy old man who has lost his wife decides he wants to join her. But everytime he tries to, he gets sucked into helping his new neighbors, and all sorts of other random people....people who are too incompetent and unable to DIY things like he and folks from old time can/could. This book has a heartwarming story. People you meet and avoid because you think you have nothing in common and can never connect to...you'd be surprised that sometimes you can.

ArapahoeSusanW Oct 20, 2016

Grumpy old man with a heart of gold, I loved this novel and found it quite heartwarming.

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calistarm
Jun 02, 2016

A book about seeing past first impressions to create unlikely friendships. This book is about a grumpy old man who collects an unusual group of friends and reflects on a life well lived.

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