A Man Called Ove is a lovely and heart-warming story of an old crabby man of fifty-nine years. He wakes up daily at the same routine, has inflexible ideas, and a boiling temper. He is a cranky yet funny, rude, and yet tender man who is alone, unhappy; who, continually tried taking his life after his wife passed away. But his quirky neighbours consistently disturbed all his attempts, especially by his new neighbour- a pregnant lady along with her husband and two adolescent daughters. Subsequently, he started finding meaning in his life with this unwelcome friendship, and with a cat he never meant to take in.
The story moves slowly introducing Ove’s regular days with flashbacks of his past; revealing, how he ended up without family and friends. There is nothing special about this man, yet one cannot hate him even after seeing his grumbling nature. He was always helping people in his residential area despite showing unwillingness initially. The ending is affecting, making you ponder on the importance of family and friends in life.
A Man Called Ove is funny and a satisfying read. I mostly loved his changing relationships with the cat; especially, his reactions and rolling of eyes at cat were amusing. A definite appealing read to pick this month of mental health awareness.
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Title: A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
Publishing Date: May 2015
My Rating: 4 stars