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A Man Called Ove Kindle Edition
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No spoilers but this is the most touching and lovely heart warming book I have ever read - I loved it!!
I made three attempts to start this book and didn't know what to make of it, suddenly something clicked and then I couldn't put it down. A man whose wife has just died, who connects to no one else, who believes in routine and right and wrong, who no longer sees any purpose to life and those around him and wants to end it all: quietly, properly, with no fuss or mess or trouble. ........but it just doesn't work out like that. The outside life creeps in on him and brings out all the hidden warmth and kindness that is inside this closed-down, reserved man even though he tries (he thinks) to stop it and you start to see what his wife had always known about him.
This is an amazingly in-depth investigation into the character of Ove, his friendships, beliefs and even though he is a made-up character you feel yourself there with him, understanding how he sees things, wanting him to win through, loving him more and more as the story goes on; as do those around him now he cannot hide behind his wife. He grows but he is never out of character. And there are some wonderfully funny moments when you laugh out loud and have to reread over and over again they are so absurd. Also some very sad and poignant moments. A wonderfully constructed book with writing that matches the story - you will see when you read it.
After 2 weeks I read it again with just as much enjoyment.
Ove is, for want of a better word, a cantankerous old git. A stickler for rules, miserly, miserable, insensitive. Perpetually bewildered by the younger generations around him, constantly irritated by them, he shuffles through time as if offended that it dares to change. But, as we delve into Ove's past and his present, we read that there are many layers to this seemingly basic man.
So when a houseful of boisterous new neighbours move into the street in which he has lived for forty years, bringing with them a foray of chaos and noise, Ove is outraged. What follows is a tale of growing relationships, and the situations that ensue.
This is a wonderful, wonderful tale, exquisitely written, with flashes of hilarious humour, almost unbearable sadness, and a manky old stray cat. I absolutely loved it.
There are many times throughout the book I laughed out loud, especially at Ove’s conviction of how things should be and his tetchiness with those who don’t see things his way. It is also a very sad and heart-warming story as Ove deals with the loss of his wife, loneliness and just how communities can be socially uplifting and rewarding.
I loved the strange and beautiful love story of Ove and Sonja – ‘He was a man of black and white. And she was colour. All the colour he had.’ I thought the picture we get of Ove through Sonja’s love for him and his devotion to her, is the most moving part of the book. Sonja could see beneath the exterior of the shy rather awkward young man she met on a train to the truthful, loyal, heroic and resilient person beneath. If other words, she could see the colour in Ove that others couldn’t. Despite the contrasts between them, they fitted together like two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to produce a complete picture.
There are beautiful lines, such as:
‘But if anyone had asked, he would have told them that he had never lived before he met her.’
‘He knew better to speak ill of what she loved; after all, he understood very keenly how it was to receive her love when no one else could understand why he was worthy of it.’
Really, I simply loved Sonja and who wouldn’t? She loves books, she loves to laugh, she’s a teacher, she fights for her pupils and inspires them to achieve more than they think they can. In a way, Ove is her most ambitious project and the saddest aspect of the book is that we never get to see what she could have achieved.
So what were the aspects I was less enthusiastic about? Well, I got a little bored with all the Saab references and jokes. Perhaps you have to be Swedish or a car owner (and I’m neither) to appreciate them. And although the book was really funny in parts, at times I found the humour rather predictable and the visual and verbal punch lines easy to see coming.
However, my main reservation was about the development of the character of Ove himself. The author didn’t completely convince me how the socially awkward but essentially decent and likeable young man that Sonja fell in love with became the anti-social, sexist curmudgeon that we meet at the beginning of the book. I appreciate we learn about tragic events in Ove’s life but they didn’t seem to me to sufficiently explain such a change in his character.
Having said this, the author is a skilful writer and although one may not like Ove – and you definitely wouldn’t want to have him as a neighbour – the author makes you care about him. And, in the end, any imperfections in the portrayal of Ove’s character were redeemed for me by the portrait painted of Sonja and their emotional story. That love story, for me, is the beautiful heart of the book.
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