Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.
But behind the surly pedant there is a story, and a sadness. And when on a November morning his new (foreign) neighbours in the terraced house opposite accidentally flatten Ove's letterbox, it sets off a comical and heart-warming tale of unexpected friendship which will change one man - and one community - from their very foundations. Quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times.
©2014 Fredrik Backman (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
Yes. It was one of those books that I never wanted to finish. And when finished, I missed Ove and knew it would be hard to find a book I enjoyed as much.
Ove is a composite of people we all have known. He is an ethical curmudgeon but we are ever hopeful for some sign of compassion from him.
No, but I will now look for other books she narrates. She has become one of my favorite narrators.
Pavana would be an interesting character to have dinner with.
I listened to this book as I walked in the morning. There were times I laughed aloud and a couple times when I was teary-eyed. When I got home, after my walks, my husband would ask, "So, what's new with Ove today?"
"Enhance your literary life, read or listen now!"
The authors writing style and the brilliant reading and characterisation by Joan Walker. She brings this book alive and made the the leading charachter leap from the page.
There were several, this book is both darkly humoured and deeply touching, I actually shed a few tears towards the end, yet at other times laughed aloud at the black humour and bluntness of the character of Ove. It was never smaltzy or over slushy, it was brilliantly pitched making Ove's charater unravel chapter by chapter and making him become more and more likable as the book progressed. (I actually liked him from the outset unlike other reviewers.) I somehow had faith in the author and the narrator that they were leading me into a more complicated man/life than was initially portrayed, and the book never failed to deliver.
Simply put, she was brilliant. She clearly "got" Ove from the outset and made him believable. I have since searched for all the other books she has read, sadly they are mainly Shakespeare plays (not my bag) but please please publishers, give her more dramatic fiction, I'll listen because she does such an excellent job.
Ove is a gift of a man, like pass the parcel, as you peel away the layers the true prize is revealed...
Best book I've read in 10years.
"For fans of the 100-Year-Old-Man and Harold Fry"
'A Man Called Ove' is another one of those The-Unlikely-Pilgrimage-of-Harold-Fry, The-Hundred-Year-Old-Man-Who-Climbed-Out-of-the-Window-and-Disappeared and The-Universe-Versus-Alex-Woods-books which are really easy to listen to, humorous, sometimes uplifting and make you think about life a little more. The lesson to learn from Ove's life is that humans are not always as they seem to be on the outside. Ove might give the impression to be a grumpy old man, but you can't dislike him. Behind his moody facade there's a man whom it might take a little while to let people into his heart, but who's also going to be a friend for life once he did.
"Want to recommend to everyone!"
Joan Walker's performance compliments the style of the book perfectly.
Loved the way the author slowly builds the character of Ove up. Opening up his story gradually so he becomes less of the "grumpy old man" and into the neighbor you'd love to have
This is first of Joan Walker's performances I've heard but think she done an amazing job narrating this book and her style reminds me very much of Victoria Wood.
This book will delight and surprise you. Guaranteed.
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