Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


Title: A Man Called Ove

Author: Fredrik Backman

Genre: Fiction

Story: Ove is the sort of man who keeps to himself, devoting his life to doing everything the “right” way, and living out his life with his wife, the only girl he ever loved. When she passes, Ove can’t seem to find a way to move on, in a world he doesn’t recognize, all alone.

What Worked: The flow of the story pulled me in, and kept me generally interested in what happened to Ove. The characters were relatable, but not necessarily interesting. Realistic. Humor right along side the morbid reality of death kept the story light and not depressing.

What Needed Work: Throughout the book, Ove is described as being this old curmudgeon who can’t get with the times and is looking for a way out after his wife dies. At the end of the book I read that he is in his late fifties. LATE FIFTIES! That is not old. Fifties is the new thirties, and since this book is based in Europe, I was wondering if the single payer health care over there isn’t what its cracked up to be. Fifties in the US is still very middle age – not old age. That was a big turn off for me. It made me feel differently about Ove.

Overall: This story reminds me of “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper”, which I absolutely adore – and so A Man Called Ove becomes second fiddle. I can’t not compare the two, and Arthur Pepper won my heart a few months ago so….

Rating: 3/5

If you wanna read: Amazon Link

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

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