A Man Called Ove
Book Review - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I heard mixed reviews about this book, but I adored it. It is about a grumpy old man and his relationship to his neighbors. As many grumpy old men are, Ove (pronounced Ooo-va) is set in his ways. But his world is turned on its head when his boisterous neighbors move in. His first introduction to them occurs when they run over his mailbox when trying to back up their U-haul into the driveway. Of course, Ove can't imagine how anyone made it to adulthood without learning how to back up a trailer. And he lets his opinion be known as he begrudgingly backs the trailer for them.
The main character grows on you over time. I think this is why the book has mixed reviews. In the beginning I was just annoyed with Ove, he had such strong opinions about everything! But the reader grows to understand Ove as his neighbors do, which I find really masterful on the author's part. In the end I had tears streaming down my face as I walked along the streets of Chicago listening to this book on Audible. I miss Ove like I miss a friend that moved away long ago. I will always think of him when I see a Saab driving around.
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