A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman



This is the story of Ove’s life. A life where his world was neatly compartmentalized with his work and his wife. And once his wife passed on he was only left with her memories. He longs to be with her because now the world no longer holds any meaning for him. When he looks at the world going by him he doesn’t recognize it anymore. Technology has taken over and common sense is a thing of the past; like him.

The book has a bunch of relatable mishaps that anyone with parents or grandparents can relate to. Ove doesn’t understand technology and most readers of this book have dealt with an older generation person who doesn’t get it either. The story starts out with Ove trying to buy an iPad but calling it an Opad. Ove’s insistent on thinking he knows what he’s talking about when really he doesn’t. He eventually wears the sales associate down to the point of the sales associate passing him off onto his coworker and saying, “I’m going to lunch.” I’m sure my kids feel like that with me when they try to explain SnapChat to me.

A MAN CALLED OVE was a written story. There were moments when it lulled for me. I’m sure that’s because this isn’t my normal genre. If you’re looking for a grumpy old man story this one shouldn’t be missed.

“Ove has been a grumpy old man since the first day of second grade”


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