Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Title: A Man Called Ove

Author: Fredrik Backman

Published: Atria Books July 2014

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read from July 15 to 16, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

A wonderful debut novel by Swedish author Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove had me laughing out loud, and blinking back tears.

“He was a man of black and white…. Ove wanted what was right to be right, and what was wrong to be wrong.”

Ove is a man who believes in order, routine and rules, he has worked hard all of his life, paid his taxes, taken care of his beloved wife and his house but now, forced into retirement and alone at 59, he no longer has any wish to continue on. He has made his peace, planned carefully for his departure, but is wholly unprepared for what follows after his new neighbours accidentally flatten his mailbox.

Undaunted by Ove’s inflexible opinions, gruff manner and short temper, Parveneh and her family make demands of Ove that he cannot resist. And then comes a mangy cat, a homeless teen and a man in a white shirt, and slowly, despite his best intentions, Ove begins to live again.

Simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, this is a story about love, grief, life, death and Saab’s. Told with heartfelt emotion, wry insight and a sense of humour, Backman has created an endearing character, few will be able to dismiss.

“It isn’t what a man says that matters, it is what he does.”

For all that it made me feel, I’m declaring A Man Called Ove my favourite book of the year so far.

A Man Called Ove is available to purchase from

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate W
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 17:07:30

    Ohhhh… I’ve got this one in the TBR stack at the moment *moves it to top spot*



  2. Teddyree
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 11:56:25

    Wow, yours is the first review that has me anxious to pick this one up. Thanks Shelleyrae



  3. stacybuckeye
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 13:22:16

    Second gushing review I’ve read tonight! Adding it to my wish list!



  4. Carol
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 13:55:01

    I read this about a week ago and TOTALLY agree with you 100%. I bought another copy just to share with more friends. I LOVED this book!



  5. Laurie C
    Jan 26, 2015 @ 22:36:30

    Just posted my review — linking to yours! (I cried, too.)



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