A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (2014)

0C29743F-9226-4F3B-9078-4DE1E828C020This is a deeply moving and inspirational story about one man’s attempt to cope with the difficulties of grief and loss. At the same time, it is a tale of relationships, and the ways in which they influence our lives. It is a heart-warming and meaningful story that touches the soul.

Ove is an impatient and cranky 59 year old man. He is set in his ways and does not understand the changing world around him. He firmly believes in following the rules and that it is his self-appointed responsibility to ensure that others follow them as well. But, Ove is also a man full of integrity, and is extremely likeable. He is an authentic character with many admirable traits. 

I found this book to be an interesting read. I thought it was poignant yet amusing. Sometimes I cried and sometimes I laughed out loud. The author creatively broaches the subject of grief in an entertaining manner and with a lot of finesse. But, in essence, this is more of touching love story than anything else. If you enjoy the genre of drama, you will certainly love this novel very much. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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