A Man Called Ove: The life-affirming bestseller that will brighten your day Paperback – 7 May 2015
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It's the most enchanting, beautiful tale.
A warm and tender story about love, loss and second chances, peppered with memorable characters, wonderful set pieces and some beautifully black humour. Ove is a joy from start to finish.
An uplifting, life-affirming and often comic tale of how kindness, love and happiness can be found in the most unlikely places. (Sunday Express)
A charming debut. (People)
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- Item Weight : 260 g
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781444775815
- ISBN-13 : 978-1444775815
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
- Publisher : Sceptre; 0 edition (7 May 2015)
- ASIN : 1444775812
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the opening scenes, he is yelling at an iPad sales clerk, like an irate elder man who can’t get with times. But when you learn everything that led to it, you’ll find so many connections. Ove has so many levels to him you will lose count trying to guess what he might do in any given situation. His reactions will annoy you, irritate you beyond belief. But gradually you’ll see the stones turning. OVE is a man of order of life. A man of very few relationships, but the very few he loved, he can build an empire for them. He liked to understand, learn and create things by himself. Like what he thought, he could do. The anecdotes and flashbacks spread throughout the story tell us how he came to be the man he is; wonderful yet complex.
It’s not what the story is about, but what it leaves with you that makes you love the book.
This was such a sweet book. My eyes were wet with hot tears every now and then while I was reading this book. I loved it so much. I cried a lot over a book after a pretty long time. I had some minor issues with some portions like that of "bent person" which the author refers to rather than Ove, and I was a little bored in the beginning with Ove being too judgemental, but I would choose to ignore all such fallacies because the ending was beautiful and I cried and cried until I found the drops of tears smearing three to four pages in one go. This was an unexpected read.
There's something compelling about the story and its main character which leaves you wanting for more. The way the neighbors (and the cat) invade his cherished space and privacy and how he fights and eventually comes to like it leaves you with a kind of warm feeling. You hope to meet people like Ove and hang around them.
Sometimes it's like a Russian Roulette that you play with yourself when you are reading a book. And sometimes you do not feel connected to the book as the other readers do.
But hold on! A man called Ove is explicable tale of Love. It takes you to the Swedish town and makes u laugh till you pee. It makes you cry incessantly and sometimes you end up doing both. The emotion displayed with words are surreal and poignant. I had hangover of this book for many days. It reminded me of Uncle Podger from Jerome k Jerome's Three men in a boat. But Ove is not useless. He has every reason to be grumpy old man . I loved Ove and I believe by the end of the book. You might love him too.
The hero of the book is it's language and structure. The characters are well developed and each chapter ends with a remarkably humourous one liner. I have each chapter marked with graphite. If you are looking for humour tinged with pathos. My friend it is this book.
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No spoilers but this is the most touching and lovely heart warming book I have ever read - I loved it!!
There are many times throughout the book I laughed out loud, especially at Ove’s conviction of how things should be and his tetchiness with those who don’t see things his way. It is also a very sad and heart-warming story as Ove deals with the loss of his wife, loneliness and just how communities can be socially uplifting and rewarding.
So without spoilers, Ove is a grumpy old rhymes with odd, and with good reason.
From an era when pride in a job well done and not blowing your own trumpet, Ove was raised in a house of few words, without much in life, but what he had always seemed to be taken from him.
Long story short, he moans, but is a good guy, trying to get by in a worldgonemad. Misunderstood by most, but neverone to not help, as long as he can moan about it.
This is my first book from the author, but certainly won't be the last.
One of those rare books you mourn it ending, but will read again and again over the years.
What you waiting for? Buy it now!
Ove reminded me of the British TV character Victor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave. A grumpy middle-aged (59 years is NOT old!) man who adheres to his idiosyncratic routine, enjoys his own company and his own high moral standards and rules that are definitely not there to be broken under any circumstances. He is also fighting his own devastatingly sad loss. However, lurking beneath the seemingly hard facade, lies a very kind hearted man with a heart of gold and old fashioned values....
A quirky read and a love story with a difference that will have you laughing and crying in equal measures.