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En man som heter Ove (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Fredrik Backman, Torsten Wahlund

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Member:frswe
Title:En man som heter Ove
Authors:Fredrik Backman
Other authors:Torsten Wahlund
Info:Stockholm : Bonnier Audio, cop. 2012
Collections:Books read in Swedish, Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction, Swedish authors, Sweden, Audiobooks, Humor, Loneliness

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Author) (2012)

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I want to buy this book so I can drown it in my tears instead of threatening my Kindle with the dreaded bag of rice again. The story's start is misleading - grumpy old man doing grumpy old man things, so how can you even like this guy?

But wait! There's more.

Ove's story is beautiful and haunting and resonates with me on a level that I, a twenty-something white American girl, don't fully understand. The book did a beautiful slow reveal of Ove's past with his wife and gave insight into his neighbors' lives and why on earth they would put up with his shenanigans. It's funny, it's moving, it's cute, and there's a delightful Cat Annoyance too. The writing is good and solid, which I'm uncertain is in spite of or due to the translation from Swedish, but this book is intensely quotable. I'm definitely getting the Swedish version and giving it to my grandpa, since he is Ove in many ways.

Honestly, it reminds me of the movie Gran Torino (one of my favorites, although Ove is considerably less racist), and as soon as I made the connection I couldn't stop picturing Ove as Clint Eastwood. I would be okay with this when Hollywood inevitably gets ahold of this story and decides to... well, Hollywood all over it. The Swedish version is/was being filmed - or I figure as much since I can't read Swedish - so it's only a matter of time.

I'll still cry. Probably.

Disclaimer: I did receive this book for free via NetGalley, but that has in no way influenced my review. ( )
  strongasanoak | Sep 25, 2014 |
Backman, Fredrik. A Man Called Ove. 8 CDs. unabridged. 9 hrs 9 mins. Dreamscape Media. 2014. ISBN 9781629239804.

A Man Called Ove, the first novel from Swedish breakout novelist, Fredrik Backman, has found immediate worldwide success and quickly became an international bestseller. A stereotypical grumpy old man, Ove, finds his quiet solitude changing when a young family moves in next door. Ove is the kind of man that yells at kids to get off his lawn and is the bane of the local resident's association. He may come across as gruff and bitter but behind the unpleasant exterior there is a dignified man with a story of love and heartbreak. The young couple next door and a scruffy cat may be the perfect combination to break Ove out of his shell and to help him truly start living. This adorable tale may start painstakingly slow but quickly gathers speed as Ove's neighbors start testing his patience and breaking him out of his sad routine. The English edition of the audiobook, is narrated beautifully by the talented voice and film actor, George Newbern. Witty and full of heart this is a tale that readers of all ages will enjoy.​ - Erin Cataldi, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN​ ( )
  ecataldi | Sep 22, 2014 |
got this book for free from Netgalley. When I first started, I was a bit sceptical. The depiction of the characters seemed a bit thin. But a few chapters in, I realized that I was having trouble putting it down and the book seemed to grow in depth. I got really engrossed in the story and the author's depiction of the Bloomsbury Group through a fictitious Vanessa Bell's eyes. The writing is beautiful and Parmar gives Bell a strong, humorous, smart and very human voice. She also does a great job depicting Bell's loving but conflicted relationship with her sister, her crumbling marriage, and her friendship with Litton Strachey and others. She weaves in what I assume are real letters written by various people at the time. This serves to make the language of Bell's first person narrative ring true and gives more life to all the historical figures in her book. Unusually good historical fiction. ( )
  Eesil | Sep 21, 2014 |
Loved this book. At the top of my best read books of the year, and recommended reading to anyone who loves a great story with memorable characters. Read numerous chapters to anyone who would listen after laughing, and crying, out loud. ( )
  Willie3 | Sep 21, 2014 |
Ove is a cranky and seemingly bitter old man, missing his late wife and without purpose in his life. He's a stickler for the rules (no cars in the residential area), stubborn (won't turn the heaters up in winter because it's too expensive) and resolute about what is right and wrong. Oh, and he loves his SAAB.

Everything changes though when a family move in next door and Ove's routines are completely shattered when pregnant Parvaneh takes an immediate interest in him.

Ove is a practical man, and his gruffness and short temper are endearing (and sometimes funny), making it hard not to like him. Some of the stories from his past are amusing, some heartbreaking and it was interesting to watch events and people shape his character over the years. I especially liked the backstory between Ove and Rune (a neighbour, former-friend and fellow member of the Resident's Association).

A Man Called Ove is based in Sweden and translated - extremely well - into English. Fellow reviewers have admitted that Ove's story brought them to tears, however I wasn't as deeply moved. I found A Man Called Ove an enjoyable read and think it will be popular with readers. ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Sep 20, 2014 |
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Den svenske suksessbloggeren Fredrik Backman drar oss gjennom en forutsigbar fortelling som trykker på alle de rette knappene inntil vi er trygt plassert innenfor vår egen komfortsone.
added by annek49 | editNRK, Knut Hoem (May 9, 2013)
 
Livet är obegripligt, världen är läskig och det går inte att skydda sig mot den. Fredrik Backman berättar underhållande om botemedlet i sin debutroman.
added by annek49 | editDN, Lotta Olsson (Jan 14, 2013)
 
Genom humorns prisma belyser ”En man som heter Ove” teman som åldrande, vänskap, sorg, livslust och den föränderliga mansrollen. Boken är varken behärskad eller finputsad – delar är återvunna från Café-bloggen och har skarvats in lite slarvigt – men den är en skruvad och gripande romandebut som mycket väl kan vara början på ett stort humoristiskt författarskap.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Backman, FredrikAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Due, Nina M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mennerich, LaurenceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ravnild, Louise ArdenfeltTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sybesma, EdithTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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