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A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove [Kindle Edition]

Fredrik Backman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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'Delightful... there's a bit of Ove in all of us - which makes it the perfect holiday read' (Evening Standard)

Each short chapter of A MAN CALLED OVE stands alone as a beautifully crafted short story. Bring them together and you have an uplifting, life-affirming and often comic tale of how kindness, love and happiness can be found in the most unlikely places. (Sunday Express)

A Man Called Ove is a wonderful novel that will stay with you . . . Ove's story has an underlying sadness which the author tackles with great warmth and humour . . . It's a bittersweet, heartwarming tale which will leave listeners with a restored faith in the power of friendship and perhaps even a love for cats. (Psychologies Magazine)

It's warm, funny, with the laughs based on a solid grasp of character; and ultimately almost unbearably moving. (Daily Mail)

This charming debut novel by Backman should find a ready audience with English-language readers . . . hysterically funny . . . wry descriptions, excellent pacing . . . In the contest of Most Winning Combination, it would be hard to beat grumpy Ove and his hidden, generous heart. (Kirkus)

A warm and tender story about love, loss and second chances, peppered with memorable characters, wonderful set pieces and some beautifully black humour. Ove is a joy from start to finish. (Gavin Extence, author of The Universe versus Alex Woods)

A funny crowd-pleaser that serves up laughs to accompany a thoughtful reflection on loss and love... The author writes with winning charm. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

A charming debut...You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel new sympathy for the curmudgeons in your life. You'll also want to move to Scandinavia, where everything's cuter. (People)

Readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. 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)

A Man Called Ove is exquisite. The lyrical language is the confetti thrown liberally throughout this celebration-of-life story, adding sparkle and color to an already spectacular party. Backman's characters feel so authentic that readers will likely find analogues living in their own neighborhoods. (Shelf Awareness, starred review)

A truly remarkable story! I HIGHLY suggest reading this! It gets you in the heart. Forget The Rosie Project! THIS is the book to be reading! (

It's hard not to love every character in this book it especially Ove, loyal to a fault and more principled than anyone you could ever meet. This book is so tender and bittersweet and delightfully funny; it has all the feels. I am hitting the internet to purchase this book so I can spread the Ove-love as soon as I'm done with this post. (

Brilliant book. Would make a fantastic movie. I totally loved it and laughed out loud repeatedly and kept telling my husband about the story as I read it. Ove's story is just fabulous. (

Not only is it a fun novel to read, it's very well written. (

So. Many. Feels. This book wormed its way into my heart, and won a place on my permanent shelf. Highly recommended to anyone who liked The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, is interested in a debut from an international author, or is looking for a heartwarming read, generally. (

My absolute summer-reading must is A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman: perfect beach reading for a grumpy old man. It has all the minimalist delicacy of STONER, but with a delicious wry wit. The book works on a very small scale, yet it sweeps through intense life dramas, all the while remaining funny, moving, uplifting...and a cracking good tale. (Rodney Bolt, author of of As Good as God, as Clever as the Devil: The Impossible Life of Mary Benson)

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The European bestseller set to become one of the biggest reads of summer 2014, perfect for fans of Harold Fry and The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1100 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444775790
  • Publisher: Sceptre (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IORP664
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ove the Ordinary.. 18 July 2014
Idiosyncratic characters are a common feature of many novels now, much as Indie is in music and for similar reasons: there's much schlock about, thus anything a bit different doesn't need to do too much to seem lively. This is better though: I have only read it in this translation but what's obvious is the gap - 'disconnect' in that ghastly modish argot conspicuously absent here - between Ove's curmudgeonly carapace and his actual kindness. In what can seem a brash world this downbeat, often whimsical picaro laments his lost wife, helps neighbours with seeming grudgingness but actually these are the fabled (useful word) 'good deeds in a naughty world'. It takes a little while to attune oneself to this voice, he is such a misery. Then you realise that there's a depth here,he is not just lugubrious , he is droll. I began to see that an understated humour undergirds the voice, the character, the book. I began really to enjoy it, seeing it for what it is, not what it seems (an important theme in the story too). Modest at all levels, this restores the word's good name. Quietly charming if not the most ambitious work you will ever read. It's a 'grower'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and engaging 3 Nov 2014
By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a total and unexpected delight. A very clever balance of humour and sadness and insight into the human condition. I loved it. There's nothing lost in translation; every nuance is captured and the unusual narrative style is one which perfectly captures this idiosyncratic individual.

I particularly enjoyed the wry observational humour that runs through the story. Ove is an isolated and potentially unpleasant individual. A seemingly nosy and obsessed neighbour, he's a stickler for rules and enjoys ensuring that others abide by community protocols. We're all familiar with the type and they can be difficult people to like and engage with. But Ove is exceptional. He's had to cope with loss in his life and the backstory is revealed bit by bit. He's a complex man, with high values and moral standards. He's a shrewd judge of people and character and despite his apparent grumpiness, he has unplumbed depths of kindness and understanding.

The written style is simple and understated, making it even more powerful. Different, engaging and definitely quirky, this man's motivation and story is one which continues to haunt me ( in a good way). One of the best books this year.

I have the Audible version.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful 4 May 2014
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I read a lot of books. A few leave me cold, but I can usually derive some degree of pleasure from most of them. Occasionally though I will read a book so good that for days afterwards it will still be on my mind, the plot constantly being replayed and the nuances of the characters remembered. A Man Called Ove is such a book; A Man Called Ove is absolutely wonderful.

The story, as the title suggests, is about a man called Ove. Ove is a difficult man. He is pig-headed and rude, has very little time for anybody and would have been a shoo-in if they were to have held a grumpiest man in Sweden contest. He seems to be the neighbour from hell, and initially he is as all those who live near him fall foul of his overbearing nature and his insistence in following rules – particularly when it comes to parking cars. As this beautifully told story proceeds though, the reader’s perceptions of him change, as does his neighbours, as his true nature is slowly revealed and the reasons behind his surly manner are explained.

Ove is a truly memorable character. He seems incapable of love but we find that he is just the opposite; he loved his wife so deeply that he finds life too difficult without her. He seems to be hard and uncaring but his various acts of kindness throughout the book show that he cares deeply, perhaps a little too much. He would appear to be a man without a heart, but this is just a wall he has erected around himself. We come to realise that Ove actually has a gigantic heart, a heart of pure gold.

I loved this book and whilst I can see that it perhaps won’t be to everybody’s taste I feel strongly enough about it that I will tell people about it. I will pass the book on, because A Man Called Ove is a man that more people should know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charmer 6 July 2014
By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER
Scando literature seems to be going in two directions. Either it is extremely dark, peopled with evil people doing terrible things (ref Steig Larsson), or it's about loveable eccentrics living quirky lives (ref Jonas Johansson). This book falls firmly in the second camp. It's about Ove, a Jack Nicholson style curmudgeon living in a Swedish housing estate who spends his days policing the residential laws. After his wife dies, Ove sees little point in carrying on, but every time he tries to end his life he keeps getting interrupted by one of his neighbours.

This is an easy to read and genuinely comedic novel, but it's not all froth as the story of Ove's life and the various setbacks he overcame is also woven into it. My main criticism is that none of the characters feel like or behave like real people. Even the cat behaves totally unlike any real cat. It's a charming and likeable book, one that I'd recommend but it doesn't have the depth to burrow permanently under my skin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant portrayal of a loveable eccentric.
Published 11 hours ago by E M BUCHANAN
5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendously well crafted story which I have already recommended,...
I had very high expectations, having listened to the Radio 2 review. These expectations were exceeded. I did not expect to feel so much empathy with Ove so early (about p4! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Feel-Good Story Wrapped In Grump...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best story I've read for a while
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a grumpy Man. I laughed and cried in turns as his story unfolded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Man Called Ove
I bought this book because the story seemed to offer something different to my normal reads.
It's brilliant! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Eric Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars man called ove...brilliant read
Marvellous unusual, gripping, at times made me laugh out loud...all,in one.
Recommended in radio 4... I will recommended to friends too
Published 14 days ago by N. Mullin
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
Laugh out loud funny, a few tears and a great read. What more do you need from a book. Thanks
Published 14 days ago by yew tree girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
I usually only buy free books or ones at a reduced price by authors I know as I have a couple of hundred books yet to read but was tempted by the feedback on A Man Called Ove. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Gill Kindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I would probably not have picked up this book but was chosen as our latest book group read and I loved it!! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of or rhymes with Stove?
Surely one of the greatest love stories ever. Wonderful joyous, life affirming, gut wrenching, cripplingly sad. Human. Great.
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