A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered t...

Details A Man Called Ove

TitleA Man Called Ove
Release DateJul 15th, 2014
PublisherAtria Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Humor, Audiobook

Reviews A Man Called Ove

  • Emily May
    Update: I had planned to leave this post as it is, but after seeing the continued kind responses, I thought it best to inform you that my grandad passed away just before Christmas. Thank you to everyone who commented about this review and about him, but it seemed wrong to not let you know. It's always hard to lose someone who has been such a huge part of your life from day one, but please know that he died a happy old man, peacefully, surrounded ...
  • David V.
    Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 5-8-14. Finished 5-11-14. First let me explain what happened to me while reading this book aloud to my wife as she was preparing dinner. I'm 70; she's almost 70. I'd read the first page, laughed out loud and decided she'd like to hear it read. I read, we laughed and nodded knowingly, then I got to the end of chapter 4 and completely lost it---I couldn't continue through those last few sentences. My w...
  • Lynda
    "Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it's often one of the greatest motivations for living. Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder, more obstinately, with more fury. Some need its constant presence to even be aware of its antithesis. Others become so preoccupied with it that they go into the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival. We fear it, yet most ...
  • Elyse
    This is a tale that makes you appreciate life!I vote *OVE* as 'character-of-the-year'! The author has created the most memorable character to be found in a novel --in years. *OVE*, is an unassuming man. He likes routines, and rules. He's an honest man. Doesn't smile and give compliments -- but he's a man of integrity. To watch OVE grow - heal the loss of his wife -and allow his neighbors to love him (and love them back) -- is is a treasure. This ...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    This was such a nice story! It's about the transformations we go through in life and how different events within our life affect, shape us, and make us who we are today.
  • Debbie
    Argh! It’s hard not to start this review with a bunch of expletives, because this book pissed me off royally! Shit! See, I can’t even hold it in. The cat and the fat were the straws that broke the camel’s back.Let’s start with Ove not liking the cat. Not liking the cat is one thing. For some reason bitching about a cat is supposed to be funny, but to me it’s annoying. Ove kicking the cat a couple of times cranked my wincing up a notch. ...
  • Megan Johnson
    Since I have been reading more and more, I have realized that it is not always beneficial to give each book a 5 star rating just because you got to the end of it. This book, I mean THIS BOOK deserves a 5 star rating. If I could give it more than I would, but alas I cannot. :(So, here's the review. Greif is a strange thing, I have heard many people say. I have lost people in my life, but not in the way that Ove has in this book. Ove mother dies wh...
  • Nicholas Sparks
    This novel, set in Sweden, tells the story of Ove, who can best be described as a curmudgeon. The story takes place after the death of his wife, and shows how healing can occur with the unlikeliest of people, in the unlikeliest of ways.
  • Mio
    I bought this book expecting some easy entertainment, you know, a few giggles here and there. I did not expect to spend almost half an hour crying my eyes out after finishing it - and yet, that's exactly what I did. Ove is a grumpy old man. He wants things to be "right" and doesn't think twice about the fact that he isn't always perceived as fair - and that always keeping to the truth can actually make people stay away from you. This book is a jo...
  • Candace
    This definitely isn't my usual type of book, but I'm glad I read it. Every once in a while, you have to change things up a little. 'A Man Called Ove' was a great choice for me.Ove is a wonderful character. He is opinionated, cantankerous and utterly set in his ways. He is a man that has been left behind in many ways, unwilling to adapt and unable to understand the thought process that drives "modern man" in this technological era.When his new nei...
  • Debbie
    When I began reading A Man Called Ove, I thought what a clever tale of an angry old man. The kind that believes rules and regulations are of utmost importance, that see the world filled with stupid people, and is always right. The way the author describes him and his actions are hilarious, as I have known a few Oves myself. They have their principles! The only person Ove had and loved dearly, was his wife, Sonja. She has just passed away, and all...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    I laughed. I cried. If you want a contemporary that will warm you up inside this is the one you should read.It also gave me some strong vibes of the movie Gran Torino!4 or 5 stars I'm not sure yet!
  • Carol
    OMGOSH, what a wonderful novel! I now have my first super-favorite of 2015!This is a story of the deep and everlasting love of a contrary 59 year old man who struggles each and every day to cope with the pain and loss of the only person who ever understood him, and the never-ending guilt of not preventing a horrible tragedy.It is also a comical and entertaining account of A Man Called Ove and his peculiar ways....an honest man with strict princip...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    I've always had a thing for grumpy old men. Not in a pervy way you nut job! I've always favored them in real life because probably I'm one of those people who tolerate little bullshit and they fit that for me.Plus most of them really don't like people. Ove is my kind of people. He comes across as a pretty big curmudgeon. All he wants to do is commit suicide. People won't leave him alone long enough to do it. He misses his outgoing wife and doesn...
  • Mandy
    I MUST ALERT YOU THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE STUPID AND CAN'T SEE THAT I CLICKED THE SPOILER BUTTON. DON'T READ REVIEW IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE SPOILERS.I am an utterly blubbering fool right now. I loved this book and I adored Ove and all the other characters. The end took me by surprise and I really wasn't expecting Ove to die at the end and it was so sad. This was such an amazing book! I loved this book so much. I wish I could giv...
  • Matthew
    This is an excellent heartwarming and humorous book. Basically, a series of short stories about a man called Ove that all combine together into an awesome all-encompassing storyline.Ove is a grumpy old man who has a cynical approach to everything. But, how he got this way, combined with the relationships he "accidentally" develops lead to a lot of unexpected twists and turns.One of the things I loved about this book is that seemingly serious situ...
  • Maureen
    I'm probably going to be crying about this book forever.There are so many things to love in this book. It's a story about an old crotchety man unwillingly being thrust into friendships that change his life, as well as a bit about his past too. There's really nothing I didn't love about this book. It had me laughing one minute and tearing up the next, and by the end I was bawling.I also listened to the audiobook which was SO GOOOOD.
  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Ove is a surly man who keeps to himself. He cares about rules, routine, and being left alone to go about his business. His quiet life is upended by chatty new neighbors who flatten his mailbox, drive over his flowerbed, and insert themselves into his house and his life with careless disregard for his needs. Though Ove prefers to be free of their nuisance int...
  • Greg
    This might be a funny/sweet novel about a curmudgeonly old man, who knows that any thinking person would do things properly but unfortunately the world is full of idiots who do everything incorrectly and need someone like Ove to keep things in line. I'm not really sure. Instead, it was a novel filled with with sucker punches right to my gut. I might be giving four stars to the Swedish equivalent of Mitch Albom, but fuck it.
  • Algernon
    A man named Ove knocked on my door and asked if I have space on my shelves for a stray book about an angry, bitter, contrarian, (view spoiler)[ suicidal (hide spoiler)] old man. I hesitated for a second, thinking I don't need to get more depressed than I already am, but then I took another look at his wooden clogs, his out-of-fashion clothes and frowning brow, and decided: "What the heck! I'll give it a try! I'll read a couple of chapters and see...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    I'm kicking myself for not picking this book up sooner.I absolutely adored this book, and the only reason I've docked a star is because the writing style got on my nerves a bit (way too many similes, to the point of it being distracting), but everything else was AMAZING. I thought I would dislike reading about a grumpy old man, but I didn't! Ove was hilarious, sympathetic, and I never wanted to put the book down because I wanted to know how his s...
  • Luffy
    What a great book! So down to earth, so wacky, so funny, and so maudlin. The end was unexpected and it's worth reading the entire book by itself. The book is less than 350 pages long and it reads like a page turner.Ove is a militaristic sort of guy. He is so since quite a long time, but is it only a trait on the surface? Underneath that hard exterior is a sad and lonely guy. The author, Fredrik Backman's treatment of Ove's arc is brilliant. Ove, ...
  • Mischenko
    One of the best books I've read. Many emotions here. We'll written. *((Wow!))* I could read it all over again!
  • Angela M
    At first you think Ove is just an aging, cranky, overly fastidious man who complains about everything and everyone, but by the end of the book you will wish that you could be more like Ove . Ove is 59, and his wife of 40 years has recently died. He is now being forced to retire, and he has given up on life.As the story of his past unfolds through flashbacks, you realize how much sadness he has had in his life and you begin to see glimpses of his ...
  • Snotchocheez
    2.5 starsI've read all my GR friends' wildly divergent reviews of Fredrik Backman's debut novel A Man Called Ove and can find something to agree with in each of them. Nods to those who enjoyed the comedy of errors. Nods to the ailurophiles who despised Ove's treatment of the cat. Nods to those who couldn't get enough of Ove's archetypal curmudgeonly character. Nods to those who found Ove's transformation from hating the world to being a reluctan...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ALL THE STARS!!!!!! It wasn’t supposed to be like this. You work and pay off the mortgage and pay taxes and do what you should. You marry. For better or for worse until death do us part, wasn’t that what they agreed? Ove remembers quite clearly that it was. And she wasn’t supposed to be the first one to die. Wasn’t it bloody well understood that it was his death they were talki...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Ein Mann namens Ove = A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backmanعنوان: مردی به نام اوه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم: حسین تهرانی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1395؛ در 361 ص؛ شابک: 9786002296979؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان سوئدی - قرن 21 معنوان: مردی به نام اُوه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم: فرناز تیمورازف...
  • Diane
    This is one of those cutesy, grumpy-old-man-finds-love stories. I started off really enjoying the book, which has some amusing scenes, but I soon became disenchanted. The plot follows a predictable path, and I guessed all the beats before they happened. (view spoiler)[(Ove is a widower. He's depressed and was just forced to retire from his job. He tries several times to kill himself but he's always interrupted by some pesky new neighbors. A stray...
  • Mo
    I loved this one. Had me hooked from the first page. He was a man of black and white. And she was color. All the color he had. It wasn't really about cars, properly speaking. But Ove drove a Saab, after all. And Rune drove a Volvo. "You don't fool me, darling," she said with a playful little smile and crept into his big arms. "You're dancing on the inside, Ove, when no one's watching. And I'll always love you for that. Whether you like it or n...
  • Julie
    A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a 2014 Atria publication. After I read ‘Britt-Marie Was Here’ and really enjoyed it, my Goodreads friends strongly recommended this book, and were positive I would love it. I vowed to fit the book in as quickly as possible, and was thankful my library had a copy and the wait list wasn’t monstrous. I have no idea where to begin! This an amazing story, with the most interesting characters, humorous and e...