A Man Called Ove
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A Man Called Ove


A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

Title:A Man Called Ove
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:337 pages

    A Man Called Ove Reviews

  • Emily May
    Sep 21, 2014

    Update: I had planned to leave this post as it is, but after seeing the continued kind responses, I thought it best to inform you that my grandad passed away just before Christmas. Thank you to everyo...

  • David V.
    May 09, 2014

    Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 5-8-14. Finished 5-11-14. First let me explain what happened to me while reading this book aloud to my wife as she was preparing dinner. I'm 70; she's al...

  • Lynda
    Jan 04, 2015

    "Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it's often one of the greatest motivations for living. Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we ...

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jul 30, 2015

    This was such a nice story! It's about the transformations we go through in life and how different events within our life affect, shape us, and make us who we are today. ...

  • Elyse
    Jul 03, 2014

    This is a tale that makes you appreciate life!I vote *OVE* as 'character-of-the-year'! The author has created the most memorable character to be found in a novel --in years. *OVE*, is an unassuming ma...

  • Debbie
    Jun 10, 2014

    Argh! It’s hard not to start this review with a bunch of expletives, because this book pissed me off royally! Shit! See, I can’t even hold it in. The cat and the fat were the straws that broke the...

  • Mio
    Jul 30, 2013

    I bought this book expecting some easy entertainment, you know, a few giggles here and there. I did not expect to spend almost half an hour crying my eyes out after finishing it - and yet, that's exac...

  • Candace
    Nov 06, 2016

    This definitely isn't my usual type of book, but I'm glad I read it. Every once in a while, you have to change things up a little. 'A Man Called Ove' was a great choice for me.Ove is a wonderful chara...

  • Megan Johnson
    Jun 19, 2017

    Since I have been reading more and more, I have realized that it is not always beneficial to give each book a 5 star rating just because you got to the end of it. This book, I mean THIS BOOK deserves ...

  • Carol
    Aug 11, 2014

    OMGOSH, what a wonderful novel! I now have my first super-favorite of 2015!This is a story of the deep and everlasting love of a contrary 59 year old man who struggles each and every day to cope with ...