A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman is a great read. Ove is a hoot, a very original character, and each chapter just builds until you realize this old coot is quite lovable. By the end, the book is quite poignant and you will shed a tear at the finale. And that’s what makes an awesome read. The author captures a man’s life, feelings, and shows how humans touch each other.
From the back blurb – At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet, a curmudgeon with staunch principles, strict routine, and a short fuse. People think him bitter, and he thinks himself surrounded by idiots.
But as he keeps trying to commit suicide (trust me, this plot works. You learn his reason, his attempts, and his failures (fortunately) ). New neighbors prove to be lifesavers and aggravating.
He drives a Saab, keeps his tools organized, shovels the walks in his neighborhood, and desperately feels the loss of his wife. She was obviously a saint. You’ll learn his backstory and that explains a lot. Each chapter title is funny and Backman’s humor will keep you turning pages.
p. 336 – At the bottom of the sheet he’s written in capital letters “YOU ARE NOT A COMPLETE IDIOT”. And after that, a smiley, as Nasanin has taught him.
Trust me, this is high praise. Read the book to get to this page and smile through tears.