- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre (7 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444775812
- ISBN-13: 978-1444775815
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,033 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Man Called Ove Paperback – 7 May 2015
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Delightful ... the perfect holiday read. (Evening Standard)
It's the most enchanting, beautiful tale. (Ben Fogle)
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)
It's warm, funny, and ultimately almost unbearably moving. (Daily Mail)
An uplifting, life-affirming and often comic tale of how kindness, love and happiness can be found in the most unlikely places. (Sunday Express)
The international phenomenon: quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny. Perfect for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Jonas Jonasson's The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
I think you can usually tell instantly if you are going to like a book from the very first page and this is exactly what happened with Ove. It starts with a very funny opening scene that had me smiling and laughing to myself and reeled me in straight away.
Upon meeting Ove, you will think he is one of the grumpiest men around. He considers everyone, apart from himself to be complete incompetent idiots. Ans despite being ousted as Chairman of the Residents Association, he still continues his daily inspection around the local area. But Ove is rare in his kind, with his old fashioned beliefs and a lifelong dedication to making every just so. You might just find yourself falling a little bit in love with Ove.
Despite Ove's grumpiness and rudeness to others around him, you very quickly find that underneath all that, he has a heart of gold; even if he won't even admit it to himself! He just likes things to be done right and can't understand why people have to change things. We also get to go back into Ove's past leading up to the present day, which also added to my endearment of him.
This story actually took me longest to read and not because I was anyway bored by it, but because it's one of those stories that you need to take your time over and savour. A Man Called Ove has been really beautifully crafted and I loved reading every minute of it.
A Man Called Ove is ultimately a love story with one person missing and I found it so endearing, but so heartbreaking. Although Ove would have hated it, I really wanted to just give him a great big hug.
This was a truly brilliant tale about true love that completely melted my heart and had me crying so hard at the end.
Ove is 59 years old. Going to work on Monday, he is told that the company doesn’t need him any more – “Good to go home and have a rest now” he was told. But Ove believes that that makes him redundant, and he’s not good at feeling redundant. Particularly given the way his life has gone since the thing that happened six months earlier.
When new people move in next door, he is convinced yet again of the hopelessness of the younger generation – does nobody know how to back a trailer or put up a shelf any more? And when Ove goes on his morning checkup of the neighbourhood, why do people leave bicycles where there are signs saying not to leave bicycles? And why does that blasted cat keep hanging around his house?
It takes a while to get a ‘feel’ for this book – the very first scene is Ove in a computer shop having a go at a hapless sales assistant. Ove does sound like a grumpy old so-and-so, but you soon realise that that’s because the only part of Ove you see is the part that he’s projecting at this time, in the here and now. What makes Ove the man Ove is, is part of the story we then get to read.
This book is a total delight – I read the whole book in one lazy Sunday, but I found myself utterly enthralled. As the pages turned, I found myself alternating between laughing out loud, and having tears well up – it’s the type of book that gets you in every emotion, and every emotion chases every previous emotion across the pages. Ove’s past and present are shown to us, and possible futures as well.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the book boring. I also did not like the habit the author had of continually writing "as if. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Amazon Reader
This is an alarmingly entertaining story. Ove is a prickly, mean-spirited man who thinks everyone in his village complex is incompetent, ignorant and not worthy to be his... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Martin A Hogan
As described in the blurb Ove is the grumpiest man imaginable. I thought Victor Meldrew was bad but Ove surpasses him. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Gloria
For me an absolutely delightful read. It makes you think with sentiment. I chuckled & cried. Silly I know but Fredrik Backman made Ove a person who irritated people he encountered... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the book laughed out load!! Going to buy a copy to give to a friend for their birthday! We all need an overnight in our lives!!Published 2 days ago by Skinny Ray
I have laughed and smiled through out reading this book and now I have alump in my throat and tears in my eyes Ove what a wonderful character I enjoyed spending time with you.Published 2 days ago by Sonia
Amazing book! Ove is such a well rounded character and there's plenty of funny parts. This is the best fiction book I've read to date. HilariousPublished 4 days ago by Gavin