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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 mus
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Paperback, 339 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Washington Square Press (first published August 27th 2012)
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Erik Rosenberg See http://forvo.com/word/ove/#sv to hear it pronounced in Swedish. A somewhat close approximation in English is ooh-ve. ve as in "vegetarian" and ooh…moreSee http://forvo.com/word/ove/#sv to hear it pronounced in Swedish. A somewhat close approximation in English is ooh-ve. ve as in "vegetarian" and ooh like the standalone expression of dismay, not the oo sound of "glue"(less)
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chai ♡
When I finished reading this book, I closed it gently, as if the pages were flesh that might be bruised. It was hard to immediately identify the sensation in my chest, then: an exultant, vaulting joy swiftly yanked back by the leash of a sorrow still incipient, a grief that had not sunk in, not just yet. There’s a hollowness in me now, a rawness that only a novel like A Man Called Ove leaves behind.

Backman’s singular novel traces the story of Ove, a cranky 59-year-old Swedish man who has lost hi
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Emily May
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, 2014
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 by his family. And isn't that the best any of us c ...more
Lynda
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of quality swedish fiction
"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 som ...more
Miranda Reads
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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Shout out to this absolutely fabulous book in my latest booktube video - all about the best books I read each month and 2019's bookish stats (and yes, I really did read 365 books in 365 days!).

Now that you know this one made the cut - check out the video to see what other ones made my top 12 list!

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He went through life with his hands firmly shoved into his pockets. She danced.
Ove is the quintessential grumpy old man.

He lives in a little development, where he spends
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David V.
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wife said I should quit since she knows that I cry ...more
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.
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. But there was a way worse cat crime: Ove was going to leave
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Elyse  Walters
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 book has great humor & great heart!

Its a personal
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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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Ein Mann Namens Ove = A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove is a 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer. It was published in English in 2013.

On U.S. edition cover jacket "Ove is 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 neighbour from hell.” However, behind the cranky exterior there i
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Megan Johnson
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 when he is young, leaving Ove and his father. His fa
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PirateSteve
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ove - gruff, insensitive, antisocial - Ove
6 months in widower finds nothing remains to live for.

The writing/English translation of Ove's story is top-notch. The story-line itself plays very well with this character study.The story moves forward, then comes a little back story, we move forward again and this pace continues through out the book at finely tuned measurements.
But that's not why 5 stars.
My 5 stars comes because every time the story moved forward, someone touched on my emotions.
An
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jessica
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh, the feels! this story is charming, heartwarming and touching. it is not surprising this book has received so much praise and attention.

this is the book that made me fall in love with fredrik backman as a storyteller. he has crafted a story that undeniably tugs at your soul and causes your heart to double in size. it was such a delight to watch ove learn how to love his life and those around him.

this is everything you could want from a feel-good story and more!

4.5 stars
Mio
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 journey. For Ove, for Ove's surroundings and for the
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Matthew
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 situations end up hilarious, while scenes that seem to
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Debbie "DJ"
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fiction
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 Ove wants to do is kill himself, but those pesky
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Mario the lone bookwolf
A subtle retrospective of a fascinating main character integrating much space for laughs and deeper thoughts.

What do this Scandinavians do to write such new styles of bittersweet tragic comic hybrid things, not to mention all the thrillers I will possibly read one day. Backman and Jonas Jonasson are the trendsetters of a new style of comedic writing I couldn´t point my finger at how it´s done, it´s as if the long, dark winters have infiltrated the comedy sector and left chasms behind each secon
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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 neighbor's failed attempts to back a trailer up draws
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emma
FINE. I’M CHARMED.

Everyone said it. Everyone in the whole world agreed: this book is lovable as hell. Everyone stated, in unison, “It is impossible not to fall in love with A Man Called Ove.”

I, the queen of unpopular opinions (yes people definitely call me that, and not just me, in an attempt to get people to think it’s a nickname and start using it), thought I knew better.

I did not know better.

This book sneaks right into your heart. Even if you think you have a heart of stone, surrounded by a t
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Jim Fonseca
I think I’ll be a dissenter on this one, giving it only a ‘3.’

A brief review because there are so many good ones already. Ove is a curmudgeon. His life is lived in black and white. There are rules to follow and if you don’t follow them, look out. He posts warning signs in his suburban townhouse development in Sweden and he bangs on your car window if you bring you vehicle in where they are prohibited. Or if you park illegally. Or if you rest you bike against the tool shed. Or walk your dog on h
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David Putnam
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!
A Man Called Ov, is like a breath of fresh air. What a wonderful book. This one is going to endure through the ages. I have always advocated that voice is the “everything,” in writing and Ov is just about all voice. The high level-superior writing craft made the voice work so well. The chapters alternate between past tense and present tense seamlessly and add to the level of craft and storytelling. Another amazing thing about this book is that it’s all about Ov’s grief and depression over th
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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!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


OMG! I love this book! I have laughed until I thought I was going to stroke out! Ove is a character everyone should read about. I would love to meet someone like Ove! He just tells it like it is and doesn't give a crap what anyone thinks!

I loved every little thing about this book! I only wish I would have started it sooner. It sat in my stacks for a few weeks.

There are some really sad things in the book and I was crying at the end but there are mostly funny and touching things in the book. You
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Snotchocheez
2.5 stars

I'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 reluctant hero an unlikely and transparently feel-good-y a
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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 principles who abhors "the men in white shirts" that have

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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 emotional situations. The writing is unusual, with presen
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Mischenko
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read. Many emotions here. We'll written. *((Wow!))* I could read it all over again!
Luffy
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, like most memorable characters, has an arc, where
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James
Why This Book
I run a monthly poll on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog via my Book Bucket List. Followers get to choose from a list of the twelve books I own and want to read in the near future. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman was selected as the book I should read in March 2018. I added it to the list because I really enjoyed his novel, Beartown, and thought this was the next logical step. A good friend of mine was interested in reading the novel, too, so we made this a buddy read. I'm
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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't think he has much to live for.
Then the neig
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