A Man Called Ove – Book Review

Book Review: Fredrik Backman after more than 1000 of Backman's readers cast a ballot, he ‘composes a novel ‘about him, A Man Called Ove was the outcome.

Author: Fredrik Backman

Genre: Novel

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Pages: 337

Price: $14.49

A MAN CALLED OVE - Book Review

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Fredrik Backman is a Swedish columnist & blogger whose character Ove first sprung up in the writer’s blog. After more than 1000 of Backman’s readers cast a ballot, he ‘composes a novel ‘about him, A Man Called Ove was the outcome.

‘What did they think about awakening on a Tuesday and done having an intention?’ is an inquiry Ove poses to himself, when following 40 years of marriage, he gets himself jobless and alone. It’s been his significant other, Sonja, who’s constantly been simply the cushion and the world.

But then again, would you be able to fault him? Rather than the request and consistency he desires, what Ove sees around him is: ‘A shed-heap of men with expounding whiskers, changing positions and changing spouses and changing their vehicle makes. Very much like that. At whatever point they feel like it.’

Ove has extremely unmistakable, maybe unbending convictions spot on and wrong, too, whether it’s the appropriate method to make espresso or the brand of a vehicle to possess (just a Saab). Ove sees the world dressed in dark or white while his significant other was ‘shading.’

The creator has made a conceivable ‘voice’ for his curmudgeonly principal character and the focal point through which such a man may assess the world.

I was astonished to find Backman is just 33. He is a self portrayed school nonconformist’ who says he based Ove’s personality on a contention he had with his own dad. We’re told Ove is 59; he would have been more reasonable for me as a more seasoned man.

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We experience metropolitan Swedish life in this novel, where knowing your neighbor and having a local area is esteemed yet where migration and changing convictions and qualities

are changing the scene.

At last, however, Ove can show a dad the significance of remaining by his child. What’s more, it is battling an endeavor to move an older neighbor into a senior’s office that turns into the lightning bar for energizing the local area and eventually Ove.

You can hear Backman’s regard for his seniors and the individuals who have abilities working with their hands. To some extent, his character Ove gets into trouble due to his failure to decipher individuals’ conduct, get ‘outsiders’ or show adaptability.

Or on the other hand, as Ove puts it, ‘It is hard to concede one isn’t right, especially in the event that one has been off-base for quite a while.’ He causes us to notice our own decisions.

The book manages dark topics on occasion when Ove can see just one way out of his misfortune and forlornness. Melancholy among the older or individuals managing an accomplice’s passing is an undeniable issue that time after time goes undetected.

In any case, Ove’s rehashed endeavors to discover a goal to his circumstance loses their effect on me. I got it the first run-through. Then again, I turned out to be so joined to Backman’s character that I broke a ‘rule’ of mine and jumped as far as possible to ensure Ove was still there as well.

This book would be appropriate for a youthful grown-up to grown-ups. A Man Called Ove is rich with subjects about youth and maturing, and misfortune, and how migration can improve a local area; it presents these issues that open the conversation and encourage us to see our vulnerable sides.

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Critic’s Views


Backman’s enchanting presentation novel should locate a prepared crowd with English-language readers-madly entertaining, wry portrayals, great pacing… In the challenge of Most Winning Combination, it is difficult to thump crotchety Ove and his covered-up, liberal heart.


A Man Called Ove is stunning. The expressive language is the confetti tossed generously all through this festival of biography, adding shimmer and shading to an all-around stupendous gathering. Backman’s characters feel so valid that readers will probably discover analogs living in their own areas.


The disclosures about his past are what make the story so charming. At the very least, alongside the characters in the story, who come to find that Ove is something beyond the irritable elderly person they initially met, the reader is in for a charming ride.

A Man Called Ove advises us that even the most troublesome individuals have a backstory that clarifies their present method of connecting and maybe, uncovers the positive side of those characteristics.

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