Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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Genre: Fiction

Pages: 353

Available in: Paperback and E-book format


The Plot:

Meet Ove, a widower who is a stickler for rules and regulations, with the characteristics of a bear with a sore head. Ove believes in pointing out what is wrong, rarely acknowledging what is right and likes to keep away from people as much as he can. Needless to say, all this helps in keeping his name off the popularity charts.

Enter Parvaneh, a heavily pregnant mother of two, wife to a clumsy accident prone husband and Ove’s new neighbour.

Ove sorely misses his deceased wife and has plans to kill himself, meticulously and neatly. Unfortunately for him, life, and at times Parvaneh, keep interrupting him each time.

Circumstances force him to begin interacting with Parvaneh and her family, and much to his chagrin his other neighbours as well. Before he knows it, their problems become his own and they urge him to share his. A stray cat decides to join the party and move into Ove’s home as well.

As he harrumps and snorts through the changes, Ove realises that life is much larger than he imagined it to be and beautiful too. Ove’s frozen heart begins thawing slowly as he warms up to people.

My Thoughts:

The first few chapters of this book disappointed me and I even put it away. Weeks later I decided to give it a go and started reading it once again.

This time I was hooked.

Author Fredrick Backman’s writing is simply beautiful. His characters grow on you and before you realise it, you become a part of their life.

Ove brings out a range of emotions in the reader. You dislike him, you pity him, he angers you and then before you know it you’re looking out for him, rooting for him and are smiling along with him.

Ove’s late wife Sonja is sketched through reminisces and those were the parts I looked forward to. Parvaneh was my other favourite. Her vibrance, her generosity and the way she takes on Ove made me chuckle.

Most of all, ‘A Man Called Ove’ was the most heart-warming love story to me. Ove’s devotion to Sonja when they were together and even when they no longer were. His silent communication with her. His way of looking for validation from her even though she isn’t around, all this turned me into a pile a mush.

A Man Called Ove is a book that will teach you that appearances are deceptive, it is never too late to learn, being judgemental imprisons you, loyalty is a trait that will do you proud and love is truly the only thing that makes the world go round.

***** 5 Stars to A Man Called Ove.

My rating chart;

*Use it as a doorstop.
**Read it if you have nothing better to do.
***You will like it if you like this particular genre of writing.
****Must read!
*****What! You haven’t read it YET ?!

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