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A Man Called Ove (2012)

por Fredrik Backman

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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 behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

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I can see why [b:A Man Called Ove|18774964|A Man Called Ove|Fredrik Backman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1405259930s/18774964.jpg|21619954] has been so popular. It's light and sweet and everything's tied up neatly with a little bow by the end. This is comfort reading, an antidote to the bleak realities of public discourse and selfish consumerism that seem now to be so entrenched in the western world. [a:Fredrik Backman|6485178|Fredrik Backman|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1493098924p2/6485178.jpg] has written a story about a Saab-obsessed man who yearns for a simpler time, who is unable to cope with the rapid changes of the last twenty-five years and whose consequent anger and frustration prompt behaviour that would probably get him arrested and/or sectioned were he an actual flesh-and-blood person.

Ove reminds me, unsettlingly, of my own 70-something father. German-born, rather than Swedish, and utterly unattached to any particular make of car, he nonetheless bears more than a passing resemblance to our 'hero.' An engineer by training, he methodically renovated our family home for upwards of a decade when he wasn't struggling to grow his small consultancy business throughout the eighties and nineties. Dad and Ove both have all the emotional intelligence of a housebrick. Sadly, my father's marriage wasn't quite as solid (nor as redemptive) as Ove's and my parents endured many unhappy years together before finally splitting in 1998.

My father's life now is rather bland. He's disinterested with much of the world and tends towards pessimism. With his new partner he went bush-walking and nordic skiing, lived in Victoria's high country for ten or so years, travelled widely and socialised more than he was accustomed to. I wish I could say that his next relationship fixed everything, and it did address much that was missing in his life, but his fundamental inability to accept, process and express anything to do with his and anyone else's emotional lives has hollowed him out. He is made of cardboard. His views are utterly inflexible and he simple disengages when someone he's interacting with voices any opinion or behaves in a way that conflicts with his ideas of What Is Right and How Things Should Be Done. This is the reality for men like Ove. There are generally not savvy, altruistic neighbours ready to swoop in and intervene to the extent that Parvaneh does with Ove. Even those closest to them cannot bridge the yawning chasm between them. These men become increasingly bewildered, frustrated and ultimately ossified in their own systems of thought. They withdraw from the world, reasoning that it has left them behind with nothing to do.

So though I enjoyed the blithe humour and tidy ending of this book, I cannot in honesty say I was "unbearably moved". This story is like Persian fairy floss. Pleasant, sweet, and insubstantial as dandelions on the breeze. ( )
  punkinmuffin | Apr 30, 2024 |
I loved this book: I would give it 7 stars if I could!

Warning: you may not want to read it on public transit as you'll likely miss your stop; and, there could be tears...

Kudos to the translator for doing a brilliant job of capturing the tone, humour, and emotion so beautifully and simply. ( )
  Dorothy2012 | Apr 22, 2024 |
Laughed. Cried. Loved it. ( )
  mimji | Apr 20, 2024 |
I took against this book in the first few pages. It was obvious that the story line was going to be 'curmudgeonly old man, widely disliked, is revealed to have a heart of gold, and after about 250 pages, everyone lives happily ever after'. This is exactly what happened.

I turned the pages readily enough, but was unconvinced by almost everyone but the cat. I didn't believe in Parvaneh, friendly new neighbour. I didn't quite believe in Ove's wife Sonja. Would she really have chosen him as her life-time partner? I wasn't sure about his on-off (mainly off) relationship with his neighbour Rune either. But most of all, I didn't believe that Ove would turn from irritable and irritating to everyone's favourite grandfather in the space of about three weeks.

A decent enough beach read, but this whimsical tale was far to fey to appeal to me. I read it a week ago, and have had trouble remembering it well enough to review it. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
I laughed and cried in equal measure! ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
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Den svenske suksessbloggeren Fredrik Backman drar oss gjennom en forutsigbar fortelling som trykker på alle de rette knappene inntil vi er trygt plassert innenfor vår egen komfortsone.
adicionada por annek49 | editarNRK, Knut Hoem (May 9, 2013)
 
Livet är obegripligt, världen är läskig och det går inte att skydda sig mot den. Fredrik Backman berättar underhållande om botemedlet i sin debutroman.
adicionada por annek49 | editarDN, Lotta Olsson (Jan 14, 2013)
 
Genom humorns prisma belyser ”En man som heter Ove” teman som åldrande, vänskap, sorg, livslust och den föränderliga mansrollen. Boken är varken behärskad eller finputsad – delar är återvunna från Café-bloggen och har skarvats in lite slarvigt – men den är en skruvad och gripande romandebut som mycket väl kan vara början på ett stort humoristiskt författarskap.
adicionada por annek49 | editarSvenska Dagbladet, Sam Sundberg (Oct 18, 2012)
 
This word-of-mouth bestseller has sold more than 650,000 copies in Sweden and has been a hit across Europe. It deserves to do at least as well here. I loved A Man Called Ove so much that I started to ration how much I read to prolong my time with this cantankerous, low-key, misunderstood man. If you enjoyed Rachel Joyce’s marvellous bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, you will love this book.

Each short chapter of A Man Called Ove could stand alone as a beautifully crafted short story. Bring the chapters together and you have the most uplifting, life-affirming and often comic tale of how kindness, love and happiness can be found in the most unlikely places
 
Backman's tale of 59-yea-old curmudgeon, Ove, not only captured the hearts of Backman's fellow Swedes, but has also swept across Europe as a word-of-mouth best-seller; a domino effect that suggests community spirit and social responsibility isn't quite so lacking as we're often told it is....On occasion the slightly repetitive tone becomes cloying, but Backman can tickle the funny bone and tug on the heart strings when he needs to, and is a clever enough storyteller to not overindulge in either.

For those of you who don't want your fiction to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, A Man Called Ove isn't for you. Yet it's surprisingly cheering to think how many people have embraced this simple but heartwarming novel.
 

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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 behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

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