A Man Called Ove: Fredrik Backman


A sad-funny account of a lonely old man who wants to die, but can’t kill himself for one reason or another.  Then, a pregnant immigrant woman and her family move in the neighborhood and give his life a meaning.  It is a touching story for the most part and Ove’s loneliness is heart-breaking.  The writing is witty, and humorous in parts.  What I particularly enjoyed were Backman’s conjectures of what the cat might be thinking when it gives certain looks.  Along the way, towards the second half of the book, the book gets a bit predictable, as Ove adds a bunch of characters to his team.


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