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.
Carl Fredrik Backman was born on the 2nd of June 1981 in Stockholm. He was raised in Helsingborg. He did Religious studies but did not finish and worked as a fork lift driver. When the Helsingborgs Dagblad started a free Xtra Helsingborg Backman applied for a writing job.After a trial period he continued to write columns for the newspaper. He kept a blog about his wedding and about becoming a father.
His debut novel "En man som heter Ove" was released in 2012
This was a book group book. I had never heard of the book but it was compared with "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" which I did enjoy so I was curious.
The first fifty pages gave me a hard time. Ove is a very grumpy man and I was tired of him after about 25 pages. He is simply not a person I can relate to. There did not seem to be any positive thing in his life or he was not able to see. So the rule kicked in... read 100 pages before you put it down.
And I did finish it in the end. I still had a hard time with Ove but the situations happening to him are so ridiculous that I did manage to grin at points. Some of the other characters involved in the story are likable and I totally loved the cat and the dialogue between Ove and the cat (that is if you can call it dialogue). The other reason I did finish the book is because I really enjoyed the writing. Mentioned conversations with the cat really feel like that. The behavior of the neighbors, the children and Ove's reaction to everything feel real even though the situations are over the top.
Een man die Ove heet
Author: Fredrik Backman
Original title: En man som heter Ove
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