A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2014-07-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 843 Ratings
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Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm!

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.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).


  • A Book Worth Life

    By __bookie__
    One of the best books I have yet to read. Worth 5 stars, the sky, and the life beyond!
  • Warms your heart

    By Jeffclt
    It took me a bit to get into this book as Ove's character was unfolding, but the way little pieces were given about his life and his past, it had me in tears multiple times. A charming story that reminds you of people In your own life, what's important, and what is beautiful about relationships when you let yourself open up.
  • Satisfying yet sweet

    By izlatteaword
    This book is like smooshing the movies Up and Gran Torino and throwing into suburban Sweden. Loved it!

    By CarolMO-1
    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 the pain and loss of the only person who ever understood him, and the never ending guilt of not preventing a horrible tragedy. It is also a comical and entertaining account of A man called Ove and his peculiar ways......an honest man with strict principles who abhors "the men in white shirts" that have done him wrong, a man who fights for what's right, a man who will no longer be cheated out of a kroner, a man who eventually becomes spoiler a hero and loved by all. Ove's crazy antics with his new neighbors and numerous outlandish conversations (my favorites were with the vagrant cat)..... are laugh-out-loud hilarious and OMG his vocabulary...... "selective obesity"???......will not forget that one! This feel good story will break your heart, (so keep the tissues handy) make you smile, and wish you had a friend like Ove. Do Not Pass This One By!
  • A man called Ove

    By 10sny1
    I can't say enough about this book!!! I absolutely loved it!! Do yourself a favor a read it! I didn't want it to end.
  • A Man Called Ove

    By Billybob1234568790
    Read in 3 sittings, 1 of which was in the bar while my husband was away and I grinned and tittered at bits. The next day I cried. Beautiful read. We can all relate in some way I think to the characters and you do feel yourself cringing at the complete 'un-PC' vocabulary which makes it all the more real.
  • So much fun!

    By thareeve
    I am not an avid reader. I stumbled upon this book and just could not put it down. I really enjoyed the way the story was told. The writer takes the reader through fun-to-follow paths in any given chapter. This book was worth the investment of my time.
  • A Man Called Ove

    By Reads2me
    Just wonderful. I laughed out loud and cried more than once. If you are not a complete idiot, read this book. Please.
  • A Man Called Ove

    By Her Irish Gram
    Charming and funny. I smiled through the entire read. It will be some time before I read another book so quickly. A 5 star for sure.
  • Get ready to laugh and cry

    By Sunni16
    I read this book over a year ago, and yet when someone mentions "good books", I always come up with this one. I know that I've literally read hundreds of books, yet this has a special place for me. It may be that we all know an 'Ove'.