Fredrik Backman – A Man Called Ove

Every day Ove does his checks on the neighbourood, making sure everything is in order and nothing is out of line. When he moved in there were only a few houses but now there are hundreds. The world is changing around him, and he doesn’t think it’s for the better. Who is this character and what makes him tick? Why is he so grumpy?

He’s a man out of time, a man with different values than the people around nowadays and he really strives to do things properly. Patrick over the road is clueless about building wardrobes and reversing trailers and this sort of buffoonery is not something Ove can get his head around. As the book progresses we see the life of this man and the work he has done in the past. There’s certainly a hell of a lot more to him than meets the eye.

We get to see the overwhelming love Ove has for his wife and the effect she has on his life and character. He initially seems like a grouchy old curmudgeon but he turns out to be a character of real depth and conviction. I really don’t want to say too much about this one as it’s a book filled with spirit and wonder and it’s best just to see for yourself how it all plays out. I can certainly say it piles on the emotions at the end so you may want to read this one in private rather than becoming a blubbering mess on the bus.


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