A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
This is an uplifting tale that makes you appreciate life. It is heartwarmingly wacky and quirky and so down to earth.
Ove is a grumpy, bitter old man, who has a cynical approach to everything, staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. He is also an honest man with integrity. However, there is also a loneliness and sadness surrounding him and a sense of despair. Ove’s wife of 40 years has recently died. He is now being forced to retire, and he has given up on life and what he intends to do will break your heart.
Enter into the story the quirky neighbours, the boisterous young family that moves in next door, the stray injured cat, the Saab, the best friend that Ove no longer speaks to, and you can’t help but laugh even though there is Ove’s sadness. Ove’s crazy antics and conversations with his neighbours and the stray cat, are laugh out loud hilarious!
One of the things I loved about this book is that seemingly serious situations end up hilarious, while scenes that seem to be completely for comic relief can really pull on your heart strings. This feel good story will make you cry, smile, break your heart and wish that you had a friend just like Ove.
I absolutely loved this treasure of a book.
Review by Jenny @ Great Escape Books