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A man Called Ove

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Translated from the Swedish.
Translation of: Man som heter Ove.
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton"--Title page verso.
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

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I didn't expect submitted by Lucy S on August 23, 2014, 4:55am To like this as much as I did. This cranky oldish man, Ove, really works his way into your heart. Though the story seemed to work out a little too neatly, I still really enjoyed it.

Life and Death in Sweden submitted by sdunav on June 12, 2015, 2:29pm A great "feel-good" story about a suicidal middle-aged curmudgeon and his neighbors in suburban Sweden. I loved how the story deepened as more and more details about Ove's life were revealed.

Totally wonderful submitted by willow on June 27, 2015, 9:39am I couldn't stop reading this. It's a wonderfully absorbing tale of a grumpy old man who seems obsessed with yelling at people for not following the rules. We come to see him in a totally different light. It is just wonderful, and I cried at the end.

Sweet, swift read submitted by rkraut on July 6, 2015, 9:18pm I was looking for a book that was funny and had a happy ending and a bookseller sold me this. I wouldn't say it has a "happy" ending but it is satisfying. It has some funny scenes but I didn't think it was laugh out loud funny. There is a deep sorrow to the book but nothing too terrible happens and it definitely drew me in! So--enjoy!

Love this Author submitted by downing on June 18, 2016, 9:49am A really fun, quirky story.

lchoward submitted by lchoward on July 2, 2016, 9:28pm My favorite book I read in 2015. Made me both laugh out loud and cry and left me with such a warm feeling at the end.

Lovely book! submitted by bookher on July 15, 2016, 9:26am I loved this book from the first page to the last! Just read it!!

A Lovable Curmudgeon submitted by aspinallj on June 16, 2017, 2:02pm The back of the book describes Ove as a curmudgeon. He is. But Ove is also a humble, honest, and well meaning man. There is not a lot of depth to the other characters in this book, but Ove's character stands out and makes the book worth reading.

Ove submitted by mrondo on June 17, 2017, 10:30pm The plot was somewhat predictable, but still an enjoyable read. It made me feel things and it made me think. What else can you ask for?

Read!!! submitted by boone.squirrels on June 18, 2017, 10:09am Before you know it, this grumpy old Ove will have a place in your heart ;-)

Cry and like it. submitted by terpsichore17 on June 22, 2017, 9:23am Book 2 in the Fredrick Backman Made Me Cry & I Loved It set. This whole book is a sine wave of giggling and crying and giggling while crying - partly because of Backman's use of similes (best I've read since Douglas Adams? possibly, Jeeves), partly because years in a law office have made me very familiar with the sort of man who feuds with his neighbors in the residents' association, partly because of how each chapter shows a bit more of life carving this man into who he is.

(This seems to be Backman's greatest strength, this gradual revelation of everyone's character. I can't wait to see how that plays out in Britt Marie Was Here. Or how rereading bears out.)

Ove makes me think of my dad (solid, honorable, stubborn, showing love very practically, vexed by change, asking questions when conversation runs dry, more mortal than I ever want to admit), which is an excellent thing.

Heartwarming submitted by Lea on June 28, 2017, 9:15pm Ove is not your average likable man - but you will come to love him. Absorbing, touching, and yes, fun too! Great book.

nice read submitted by ginnyb60 on July 4, 2017, 1:11pm The book started slow, I thought, but was worth the read.

Good Summer Read submitted by thegretch on July 5, 2017, 11:05am This book is good for many age groups.

Sweet and often funny submitted by sueij on July 23, 2017, 3:36pm A sweet and often funny book that had me misting up three different times. It's not perfect, but I really did love it.

_A Man Called Ove_ is the story of a lonely old curmudgeon who never wants anything (ever) to change, but encounters a set of neighbors who get in the way of some carefully laid plans. The relationships felt mostly quite real and viable to me. People are people... some are bright lights, some are depressed, some are goofy, some are persistent. Some reach out and some are desperate. Mostly life just moves on, but once in a while a confluence of situations brings people and events into proximity in moments that make for moving stories.

The cat was, of course, ridiculous and impossible. I regretted that it was so predictable in the story (the relationship with Ove), as well as so unrealistic (cats don't just get into cars happily and follow people into stores). And the author's linguistic obsession with and faulty view of overweight people is appalling. I disliked that immensely.

I read a few reviews and was struck that no one seemed to comment on what seemed instantly obvious to me when reading this, which is that Ove is clearly on the Autism Spectrum. ASD is defined by the DSM5 (Diagnostic and Statistic Manual, 5th edition) as 1) communication problems, 2) difficulty relating to people, things, and events, and 3) repetitive movements or behaviors. These have to be present since childhood and interfere with their quality of life. Ove pretty clearly fits these, even if he has found functional work-arounds (as many people do!). ASD explains *many* of his life-long characteristics. He doesn't like change because transitions are hard. He sees the world in black-and-white because rules are rules. He doesn't like animals because they are unpredictable. If you don't believe me, compare him to the main character in the book _The Rosie Project_, who was deliberately written to be a man with ASD (Asperger's, specifically, when that was still a designation). Ove and Don could be variations of the same man at different ages. This, to me, did not detract from the book but actually made it better, as it gave more depth to a character who was trying to keep life going day to day when the rug had been pulled out from under him.

A wonderful book, occasionally predictable, but worth it anyway.

Great Book! submitted by Beth Manuel on August 15, 2017, 6:33pm While the title character, Ove, was a very grouchy man; I loved how the writer revealed Ove's true character to us. I especially loved the author's use of similes. A favorite was describing how a cat looked at a person "like he was in a police line up". Who hasn't seen that look from a cat?

Good read submitted by amandaberry on August 27, 2017, 9:20am Wry humor and fun characters. Not as good as the effusive recommendations I'd gotten from several people, but it was a good quick read.

Another great read submitted by Xris on June 16, 2018, 7:53pm It's another book that has given me perspective into how people feel when they lose a loved one.

Man Called Ove Review submitted by jocelyngreene on June 23, 2018, 4:53pm A friend recommended this book. I was a bit uncertain about it, but the story seemed familiar when I read the synopsis. An excellent book exploring what it is like to struggle with life's challenges, to grow old, to lose a loved one, to have to continue on in the face of loneliness. An excellent study in thinking outside of one's self when dealing with those who have difficult or challenging personalities. A wonderful book about understanding and loving difficult people.

Lovely character development submitted by lbootzin on June 24, 2018, 6:02pm I wasn’t expecting to like such a cantankerous old man as much as I did.

You'll laugh you'll cry submitted by markwells on July 8, 2018, 2:02pm One of the best books I've read, period. An engaging story with colorful, realistic characters. Grade: A.

A charming debut submitted by nirmala on August 1, 2018, 8:56am Well written, humorous, a must-read, a time to reflect, love the character

A Wave of Emotions submitted by rebecca.perreault on June 19, 2019, 12:56am This book draws on the human experience and creates a truly round character. You'll laugh and cry as you watch Ove from a birds eye view go through his day appearing as a curmudgeon to his peers, with a rich and sad history.
Be patient with the translation, as the book was originally written in Swedish. You may need to read slower or reread certain passages to make total sense.

A Man Called Ove submitted by kassafrass on June 21, 2019, 9:37am I liked this book... but didn't love it. Maybe my expectations were too high, considering that this book generally is well-loved and well-reviewed. I did enjoy "Every Morning the Way Home gets Longer and Longer" by the same author much more.

Loved it! submitted by cmespino on July 19, 2019, 9:13pm This book was a lot of fun. I read it for book club, and absolutely loved it. You'll laugh, cry, and likely relate to the characters you read about.

I cried and I laughed, but overall, I LOVED this book! submitted by TeacherN on July 27, 2019, 4:36pm I absolutely loved this book, and was sorry for it to end.

A Man Called Ove submitted by Varshini on August 7, 2019, 10:07pm A Man Called Ove is a pleasant book. At times I felt it was bland, but the story is relatable, and the ending is great.

Saw the film first. Friend said book better. I dunno. Maybe? submitted by lisa on July 6, 2020, 7:43am There's something about hearing Ove's internal monologue that was off-putting to me, even knowing that his reformation is coming, even having compassion for his humanity and a sense of the ugliness of my own internal monologue, on many occasions, in many ways.

Better than you'd think! submitted by cayluebeck on July 19, 2020, 1:03pm Despite the depressing nature of Ove's inner monologue, this book is much better than you'd think. Ove is an incredibly grumpy man that as the book goes on you can't help but love, at least I couldn't. He compares the moral fiber of people to the cars they drive, he loves deeply under his prickly exterior. I would describe this book as a Grinch story for adults.

Has it all - Grumpy Old Man, New Neighbors, and Cat submitted by reaganmalcolm on July 19, 2020, 9:31pm This novel is short and bittersweet. I grew attached to curmudgeonly Ove, and invested in the story. The first book I've read in a while that I couldn't stop myself reading.

A little goes a long way submitted by jmac2579 on July 26, 2020, 10:55am If I had read this book straight through, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. Instead, I read several chapters everyday so it didn't become too monotonous. It was a delightful book with out-loud laughter and a few tears.

It took me awhile, but then I got into it. submitted by Trudie G on July 26, 2020, 11:43am It took me awhile to get into this book, but as I kept reading, it got better and better. The main character, Ove, a feisty, crabby soul, was a well principled man who followed orders and did things by the book. A transformation takes place in his life as he slowly lets people into his life, and his once small heart like the Grinch, grows bigger and bigger as this once solitary widower learns to be a friend and accept friendship. It is heartwarming and reminds us that life is so much better when it is shared with those we love.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
Year Published: 2014
Description: 337 pages ; 24 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781476738017
9781476738024

SUBJECTS
Older men -- Fiction.
Neighbors -- Fiction.
Neighborhoods -- Fiction.