I have been wanting to read A Man Called Ove for quite a while. It was always unavailable at Target (we really don’t have any book stores, other than a Barnes & Noble that is WAY out of my way to go to), but finally, one week, there it was! So I grabbed it.
I am going to preface this with I loved this book, however I can see where this wouldn’t be a book for everyone. It deals with some heavy themes, and if you are looking for a light read, this wouldn’t be it (but there is a lot of humor in it too).
Ove is a grumpy old man. He believes in strict rules. He likes routine. He likes things in their place, and no place else. Ove keeps to himself, and to be honest, doesn’t really like other people. He doesn’t bother to learn their names and prefers to just be left alone. But behind closed doors, Ove is a sad man. One day, a new family moves next door to Ove and rocks his world. They get off to the wrong start when they take out his mailbox with a trailer (driving where they are not allowed to drive). And to make matters worse, a stray cat shows up who seems to have an affinity for Ove.
The themes in the book are heavy – growing older, death, grief, and losing the one you love the most, and what you do after you lose that one person you live for. I cried several times in it, and sobbed at the end. Even though it is sad, it is also so heartwarming and uplifting (it may sound hard to believe but it really is!). And there are so many funny parts. And the writing is so fantastic – it isn’t flowery and super wordy, which I like.
I really really loved this book. I did have a hard time at the beginning. I read several mysteries and thrillers before this one, so going to a slower paced book was a little bit difficult. I had a little bit of trouble getting in to it, but once I did, I loved it. Even though Ove is a big grump, it is hard not to love him.
I know this won’t be a book for everyone, but it really was fantastic. And I am looking forward to reading more by Fredrik Backman!
Have you read A Man Called Ove? If so, what did you think?