A man Called Ove- Frederick Backman

About 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 to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.


This was a book recommendation from a friend whom we attend the same book club. Many thanks to you Peter for the recommendation.  It started off slow and felt like someone rumbling, in the beginning. The book had some structural issues hence the reason why I kept getting lost and bringing myself back by trying to read again to get back on truck. This tells me I was yet to connect with the book. I didn’t enjoy the first part of the book. It was boring and made for a tedious read.

The end had 2 of the most profound quotes that made me eventually appreciate the book.

“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 of us fear more than anything that it may take someone other than ourselves.”
― Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

 “For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.”
― Fredrik Backman- A Man Called Ove

 Ove the protagonist in this book, is a grumpy old man, who lives with a cat, in solitude after the loss of his wife Sonja. Underneath a grumpy and cranky old man is a loving and helpful man. The writer took time in developing the characters and in a sense the reader does not easily forget.


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