Book Review A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots –  neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…


A Man Called Ove was loved by each member of our book club. At its heart it is an unconventional love story that gradually reveals itself and enfolds you in its beautifully crafted characters. Ove is perceived as a ‘grumpy old man’, routine driven, friendless, mourning the loss of his wife. When a family moves into his community they have an immediate impact on his life and the true, caring Ove emerges. This is a story where one sentence can make you cry and laugh at the same time. It is tragic but hopeful and humourous.

We recommend itMJ Readers