A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First Atria Books hardcover edition.
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In this "charming debut" ( People ) from one of Sweden's most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

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).
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2014.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476738017
Branch Call Number: BAC
Characteristics: 337 pages ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Koch, Henning


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STPL_Tammy Sep 17, 2019

I was afraid when I started this book that it was not a book I would enjoy. An elderly man attempting to commit suicide was not how I thought the book would begin, however by the end of the book I was totally enamored with Ove. I enjoyed each character and the relationship they had with Ove. What I loved most was how I could feel myself in each scene watching it unfold.

Tigard_AnnmarieA Aug 28, 2019

A thoroughly touching, funny book with enough black humor to keep it sharp. Retired Swede Ove is a total curmudgeon, but with a heart of gold. Warning: rather a tearjerker of a novel!

Jul 12, 2019

What a different novel! I found it tough to enjoy this book until I was mid way. I truly appreciated it only towards the end and wished the novel had not finished. Bachman is a prolific writer and uses a myriad of language to convey different emotions to the reader. Highly recommend it!

Mar 09, 2019

Reminded me of the old man in the movie UP....the romance between him and his wife simply pure and adorable...Ove believes in order, rules and principles...by the end of the book you will cry for him, understand him and love him.....highly recommend

The book was a pleasant read but reviewing it on tape was painful. The character is so immature, I could not get past the second disc. The movie was excellent and surpasses the other media.

Jan 21, 2019

Simply wonderful. Highly recommend, just a wonderful read. I bawled like a baby at the end. Original and witty <3

At first this sounds like a dark story as it’s about an elderly widower who decides to commit suicide. However, it’s actually a charming, comical and heartwarming story of a curmudgeonly old man who never manages to commit suicide as his needy neighbours keep showing up at his doorstep asking him to help them. He acquiesces repeatedly providing rides to the hospital, cat sitting, driving lessons, apartment repair, etc. and after a while his life is full again. This is definitely a contender for the best book I read in 2015. Originally written in Swedish. (Submitted by KA)

Sep 18, 2018

I was disappointed with this novel, expected more laughs. Instead, it was written in sarcasm than wit and the plot is not unique - is a book version of the movie "Up".

Aug 30, 2018

I LOVED this story and had to re-read it immediately after finishing it. This is a powerful story with some surprises throughout.

May 02, 2018

Loved this book the FIRST time I read it. And, still loved it this time...my second. I'd forgotten some of the charming little incidents in the book so a second read was just as enjoyable. BTW, I hear Tom Hanks is scheduled to do the American version movie. I can't imagine it being as good as the Swedish version (which was XL)...but, TH's has never made a bad movie!

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Aug 21, 2015

“And time is a curious thing. Most of us only live for the time that lies right ahead of us. A few days, weeks, years. One of the most painful moments in a person's life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead. And when time no longer lies ahead of one, other things have to be lived for. memories, perhaps.”

Aug 21, 2015

“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. "

Aug 21, 2015

“She just smiled, said that she loved books more than anything, and started telling him excitedly what each of the ones in her lap was about. And Ove realised that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life.”


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Jun 10, 2016

Fantastic! This booked grabbed me so completely that by the end I was hoping and wishing it would go on and on. Good for a book club.

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