Fredrik Backman A Man Called Ove

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'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail 'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it' Spectator Books of the Year At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible...The word-of-mouth bestseller causing a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman's heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step - and less ready to judge on first impressions a man you might one day wish to have as your dearest friend.

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    A Man Called Ove
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    13. August 2014 um 06:18

    Ove is fifty-nine, has just retired without wanting to and since nobody seems to care anymore, watched his neighbourhood to make sure everything goes right. People are just careless like those idiots next door who when moving in not only ignore the sign saying that vehicle are prohibited but also were unable to park their trailer without destroying Ove’s post-box. He is no good with people, his stubborn and know-it-all manner prevent them from coming to close. He himself also has enough of the world and his last with is to die with decency. But his new neighbour is not scared and suddenly his life gets completely out of control. Fredrik Backman succeeded in writing an outstanding novel which makes the reader laugh and cry, which can surprise and unnerve. His protagonist is a not an easy character to like, indeed, I hated him at the beginning – the typical old chap next door who has got too much time, a control-freak spending his day rebuking everybody. But slowly this picture changes and the more the reader learns about his life, the more he starts to feel affection for him because he is not at all what he seems. It is not the character that changes during the novel, it’s the reader’s attitude which makes Backman’s “A man called Ove” a terrific reading experience. Conclusion: an exceptional novel with a stunning protagonist who might change the way you see people. 

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