A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: Book review

A Man Called Ove
Publisher/Year: May 7th 2015 Sceptre
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Series: No
Pages: 320
Source/Format: Paperback | bookbridgr
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Rating: 5 stars out of 5


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

*This review may contain spoilers!

Synopsis

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.
But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible...

My review

This book was such a pleasant surprise for me! I did not expect to even really like this book, let alone love it and it be one of my favourites of 2015. I requested this book because I had heard good things about it, and it is originally Swedish but has been translated, which I haven't read a lot of.

This book is quite slow-paced, especially in the beginning and I questioned whether or not I enjoyed it, but it turned out to be perfect for the book.

Ove as a main character is so unique. He is not pretending to be anything other than what he is; a grumpy and yet endearing old man who has lost everything he cares about. This book broke my heart at times. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I felt invested in Ove's story 100% of the time.

However, this book is about so much more than an old man. It is about growing old and the roller-coaster that is life that Backman portrays perfectly.

A Man Called Ove is a book I now hold very dearly in my heart, and I sincerely hope you decide to read it.

Izzy

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