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Book Thoughts: A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)

Backman, Fredrik - A Man Called Ove

★★★★★★★

Title:  A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman (Translated from Swedish by Henning Koch)
Genre: Fiction / contemporary   Pages: 353
First published: 2012 (original title: En Man som heter Ove)
Edition: Kindle e-book

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?

I do not come across books like this that often. It was such a beautiful read it hurts my soul in the best possible way now it’s done.

I had heard so many good things about this book and the author and it had been sitting on TBR and Kindle for a while, but when I finally picked it up I knew from the first page that I would absolutely love it.

A character study, a portrait of grief and compassion and an all-round heart warming read, I have come away from this book with a smile on my face.  The author has a deft touch portraying human nature and emotions.

The character of Ove is just wonderful and the side characters are just a wonderful varied bunch. I love the author’s writing style and the way he manages to write about heavy topics, such as grief and suicide, in a lighthearted way. And yes, I did cry, but I did not find it the tearfest I kind of feared it was. It was simply perfect.

I will buy myself a physical copy and treasure it forever, because this is now one of my all-time favourite books. I will defnitely be checking out other books by this author.

7 out of 7 stars