I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and decided to share some of the books which have caught my fancy. I don’t keep up on the newest best sellers and have a tendency to allow books to find me by chance. Sometimes, the books I read have been in print for years and are so good they remain timeless. I recently read A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and it was one of the books added to my favorites.
Ove is GRUMPY, cantankerous, and extremely particular. He is a strict rule-abider and expects everyone else to simply follow the same rules. When they don’t, he gets extremely irritated. Ove is determined to die, and his repeated attempts at suicide are waylaid by people who aren’t as rule-abiding as Ove.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I could hang in long enough to develop a rapport with Ove as the main character; however, the onion started slowly peeling and layers and layers of his personality began to reveal themselves. I found myself falling in love with him. Ove overcame obstacles. He loved deeply. Ove’s strict adherence to right and wrong led him to some interesting choices and unlikely friends.
I loved this book. It was well written and moved at a pleasant pace. The characters were easy to like and the growth throughout their struggles were realistic and true to life.
I recommend this book to anyone willing to see beneath the surface of a person to get to the heart of what makes someone tick. It’s well worth the journey and might cause a tear or two.
As an interesting side note, Tom Hanks bought the rights to A Man Called Ove and will be playing the beloved Ove as well as producing and directing the movie. I’m excited for the release next year. There is a Swedish version (subtitled) of the movie, also – A Man Called Ove. which I’ve not yet watched.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?