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A Man Called Ove

Backman, Fredrik (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
A Man Called Ove
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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 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 cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
Authors: Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
Title: A man called Ove
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2014
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Notes: Translated from the Swedish
Translation of: Man som heter Ove
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton"--Title page verso
Summary: 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 cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
ISBN: 9781476738017
1476738017
Branch Call Number: FICTION BACKM...F
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Jul 29, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a cleverly written book. Ove is initially presented as a cranky and difficult old man but as we make our way through the story we get small glimpses of Ove's more redeeming qualitites. By the end of the book it is impossible not to love this warm endearing man. A thread of humour runs through this story which serves to lighten up what is really a very profound book.

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