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A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman (Sweden)
5 Enthusiastic Stars!!
You will love Fredrick Backman’s story of Ove, a cranky, miserable, and angry-at-the-world, widower who has recently been made redundant in his job. Forced out of the workforce into retirement, Ove stomps through the now even longer days since his wife’s passing with impatience and disdain. He takes it upon himself to make sure that his housing complex runs properly and in line with the rules. What Ove can’t understand is everyone’s sheer lack of respect for rules. Why is it so hard to read the posted signs? Why does everyone think that they can ignore them? One of his biggest peeves is: “No motorized vehicles in residential areas!” and he makes it his mission to stop anyone who violates this rule.
It’s a funny and poignant story with heart. Ove, while cranky, is lovable and true. His adherence to “the way things are done” reminded me so much of my own father and had me reminiscing about my dad’s insistence that the only type of car to purchase was GM. In Ove’s case, it’s Saab. His relationships are few and strained at best.
Sonja, Ove’s late wife, always knew just how to make him look past the surface of things. But since her death, Ove has had difficulty getting through the day. All he wants is to be reunited with Sonja and to be left in peace while he attempts to accomplish this. After repeated interruptions from new neighbours, old neighbours and a smattering of other annoyances, including a stray cat, Ove begins to slowly open himself up to life once again.
This wonderfully written story had me laughing, crying, and reminiscing. I was unable to put it down! It’s going to take North America by storm.