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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: audiobooks

Wow. A brilliantly executed tour-de-force character study that was superbly constructed too. Ove is a man you want to intensely dislike in the beginning. But he grows on you when you begin to understand that he's one of the noblest, most-principled men in his town. His only fault is that he'd be happier and his life would be easier if he didn't have to deal with people. Or, if every person he met was more or less exactly like him.

But once we understand why he keeps attempting suicide--and with little conviction, it turns out--the layers of protection he's built up start to peel away. Backman's prose is elegant, edgy, lyrical and emotionally charged, while at the same time, understated. The humor leans toward dark since it's usually a product of Ove's anger or annoyance about some situation that's been foisted upon him. But the stream of scenes that make up a surprisingly coherent and suspense-building plot is incredibly true to life and show real characters reacting as real people do.

This will certainly be a candidate for "the Best Book I read in 2020."

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Reading Progress

October 12, 2018 – Shelved
October 12, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 6, 2020 – Started Reading
February 9, 2020 – Shelved as: audiobooks
February 10, 2020 – Finished Reading

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