A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

December 17, 2017

Everywhere I went where books are loved and discussed, I found myself in the presence of people who seem to really really love this book that I haven’t heard of before. A book named ‘A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman’ Facebook reading groups, Goodreads or Instagram, Ove was everywhere. And when there was an offer on Kindle for this almost universally loved book, I knew I had to buy it.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Review

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik BackmanGenre : Drama, Fiction

All of us during our lives at one moment or the other, pause to wonder ‘How should I live my life?’ And here comes the book that can maybe make you think more about it and also in its own way help you discover the answer for yourself.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a beautiful book. Beautiful not because it is well written or the characters are so wonderful, but beautiful really because it is honest. Honest about life and what it can offer. About how we deal with what it offers. Honest about how we drive each other away and how we get closer to each other. About why good intentions are not enough and how sometimes good intentions are the reason why bad things happen. Honest about love, life, despair, happiness and human nature.

 

The character of Ove is at once adorable and irritating. Both familiar and alien. You want to hit him on the head one moment and in the very next moment, hug him as long as you can. More importantly, this book made me understand people who are vastly different to me. People who are elder. Some who are unpleasant. People who are unfriendly. I would never again look at grumpy old people and not wonder what made them the way they are. What big hearts do they have and how much can these hearts hold. I will never see a stubborn and argumentative person and not wonder what principles do they hold and what standards they have.

 

In a host of colorful characters, the book shows how each one of us is both right and wrong but most importantly how each one of us, no matter what we think and feel, ultimately need one another.

Recommended to :

For anyone who is looking for a good story and wonderful characters and a book that feels like home.

About the Author :

Fredrik Backman, born on 2nd June 1981, is a blogger, writer and a Swedish columnist, . Other than the writer of  author of A Man Called Ove (2012), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry (2013) and Britt-Marie Was Here (2014). They were number one bestsellers in his native Sweden. They have been published around the world in more than twenty-five languages.

“Ove” became a blockbuster in Sweden, selling more than 840,000 copies. It was adapted into a successful stage production and an award-winning Swedish feature film, which recently opened in the USA.

 

 

Wrap Up

  • 8.5/10
    Writing
  • 8/10
    Story
  • 8/10
    Author

Pros

  • > A heartfelt story
  • > Wonderful characters

Cons

  • > Slow at times
  • > Predictable

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