One of those books was mentioned everywhere, and after much anticipation, I finally got to read it. It was worth it, and I couldn't put it down.
'A Man Called Ove', by Fredrik Backman, was a delight from the first page to the last. Backman's deceptively simple story is packed with humor and sadness, and his great character, Ove, is the most curmudgeonly man I've ever met. He might be a stereotypical 'grumpy old man', but he's surprisingly tender when you learn his backstory. Ove lives simply, has staunch principles, certain routines, and a short fuse. He feels that the world is full of idiots, especially those who buy the wrong car.
A stray cat and new neighbors burst into his well-ordered life, bringing with them mayhem and hilarity. They all have lessons to teach one another, and some of those lessons are heartbreaking. One by one, other people enter Ove's world, giving his life more meaning. Sometimes, experiences are forced upon him, and although he fights them, Ove finds a way to fix most anything.
|Author Fredrik Backman|
But the two people he has known the longest are the ones he soon sees in a different light: Rune, Ove's former friend, is the catalyst who helps bring the greatest 'disorder' to Ove's life. And Sonja, Ove's wife, provides the greatest inspiration.
It's a good thing when one can find the perfect 'vacation book'. I think it's time I looked into his other stories.
But if his other novels are as good as 'A Man Called Ove', I just might extend my time off.
'A Man Called Ove', written by Fredrik Backman, and published by Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster), is available at your local library and favorite bookstore.