A Man Called Ove

Paperback, 295 pages

English language

Published Dec. 14, 2015 by Sceptre.

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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 must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

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 …

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4 stars

I absolutely loved the first half of the book. I was continuously amazed at how the author could have me laughing and crying within a single paragraph. Ove's recounting of his early life and falling in love with Sonja was especially moving. Ove strongly reminded me of several older people I've known, although they were typically closer to 70. I really think the author should've made the character older as I don't know anyone quite so curmudgeonly in their 50s.

The second half worked less well for me. I began to find the similes grating and things felt a touch repetitive. The overly neat tying up in the last two chapters was especially bad, although I suppose a happy ending is nice. I'd have preferred the author to end the book just after Ove's heart attack, which was a beautifully sad moment lightened by Ove's last thought about the ambulance …

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