Wednesday, 12 October 2016

A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman

Posted by Lesley Sackett Winfield

I absolutely adored this book. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the grumpy old man called Ove. I believe everyone has someone in their life that Ove reminds them of, which is why this book is so powerful. It deals with the real issues of loss and what it’s like to grow old in a world that’s changing around you faster than you can absorb.

Ove is used to things being right. There’s a right way to do things and a wrong way, and Ove believes things should always be done the right way. This grumpy yet loveable man finds his world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

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 neighbour from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered on his face all the time? However, behind his cranky exterior is a story of sadness and perhaps redemption.