‘A Man Called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman

a-man-called-ovestarstarstarstarstarFull marks for this translation from Sweden. It’s a hilarious life affirming and heartbreaking story much like Olive Kitteridge or The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. It seems that Ove (rhymes with groove with a ‘uh’ sound afterwards [oo-vuh]–see pronunciation video below) is a nasty, grumpy old man but he also has a great capacity for love. People are not always what they seem and if they behave in a certain way, there may well be a very good reason for that. This does not excuse bad behaviour but it does remind us to show grace and not make assumptions about people too quickly. Ove-rarching themes in the novel (sorry, couldn’t resist) are that love and loss are the stuff of life and community is key. Looking forward to more by this author! There is a film adaptation in Swedish with English subtitles, which I haven’t seen, but hope to find.

3 responses to “‘A Man Called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman

  1. Movie playing here in Hilton Head!!
    Need a rainy day to go and see it
    Only on at 2 pm!

  2. How cool! It’s raining here. Does that count?

  3. Laurelle Sheedy McCready

    Often when we’re focused on what is in front of us we miss the more important in our periphery. I am still thinking about Parvaneh, who knew exactly what she was doing – rescuing a lost soul – posing as a relentless pest. Thank you, Joanne, for bringing to me the gift of this story.

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