Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • Michelle

      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.
Sign in to follow this  
frankie

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Recommended Posts

I don't remember how A Man Called Ove ended up on my wishlist, but when I found a copy of the novel at the library yesterday, I had to start reading it next. And it's been a real pleasure, and I've been laughing out loud a lot! :smile2: 

 

 

Here's the synopsis from Amazon: 

 

 

*

In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

*

 

 

There's something very lovable in Ove the curmudgeon. The novel starts with him being in a shop, holding an iPad and waving it around in the air, asking the clerk if it's a computer. The clerk has a hard time trying to explain to him what an iPad is and how maybe he would be comfortable with some other kind of computer. 

 

Some of the chapters follow Ove's current every day life, and others tell us his background and story and how he's come up to the point in his life where he now stands. 

 

It's funny, and it's endearing and heart-warming. :smile2: I'd heartily recommend it! 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I hope you like the book when you get to it, bobbly! I actually just thought about the book yesterday and thought I wanted to come back to this thread and say that after finishing the book some days ago, I still loved it as much as when I started the thread. It was a real feel good book, it made me laugh and it made me sad, too. :smile2: A book that will stand a re-read in the future, I'm sure! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As a Swede, I can say that this novel has been a top seller. It's up there with The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared

I still have not read either of them. I have them both. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Personally I prefer A Man Called Ove, the story was more cohesive. With the 100yo Man I sometimes got confused and bored with all the history bits. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The title of the book I am currently reading is " A man called Ove ". Who else has read this book or is currently reading this book?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quite a few people here have read it, including me. :)   I thought it was very good.   My Mum has read another one of his too, and was a bit disappointed.   I think I have one on my Kindle!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm happy to hear you're enjoying the book! :) 

 

We already have a topic on the subject, you can find it here.  I know other people have read the book, too, but they've not commented on the thread so far. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, frankie said:

We already have a topic on the subject, you can find it here.  I know other people have read the book, too, but they've not commented on the thread so far. 

 

Topics merged :).

 

I have A Man Called Ove on my TBR (to-be-read), but I haven't read it yet. I do plan to read it some day though. I'm glad you're enjoying it, Abir :).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×