A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a bestseller novel and takes a quirky look at the life of Ove- a 59-year-old man. Ove can be described as a curmudgeon- a man who points nastily to people he does not like. He has his set of rigid rules and principles and is short-tempered. However, behind his grumpy exterior, there is a story which the author details in the audiobook. Ove has suffered a lot in his life and gone through many losses. Ove’s mother died when he was six years old. He had a longer and good relationship with his father. There are more losses which Ove experiences in his life. He loses his father, his job, and then the council passed an order to sell his land. His wife Sonja meets with an accident in which she lost her legs and her child which she was carrying. She later dies of cancer.
Ove gets so fed up with life that he makes multiple attempts to commit suicide. However each time he is interrupted by his neighbors or due to the feeling of compassion he has for others. He is very annoyed as people rely on him though he makes it very clear that he is least interested in them. His life changes when one day a chirpy young couple with two equally chirpy daughters shift to his next door as his neighbors. They compel Ove to interact and engage with the world again and explore the beauty of life. They weave themselves in the life of Ove and give him a worthy reason to live his life again.
The book received positive reviews. It has sold more than 650,000 copies in Sweeden and became a hit worldwide. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a beautiful story of an old man who is frustrated with life. The author builds up the character of Ove piece by piece and takes the readers into his world and the reason why Ove has turned grumpy in life. The author makes the readers relate to the character of Ove as a person next door. Each of the chapters in the novel presents life lessons which come together to portray the life of Ove. It is a thoughtful novel exploring the life of Ove and highlights the ways in which one person can impact the lives of others.