A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Has anyone read this book? It’s a Swedish book that has been the New York Times best seller list for more than 19 weeks and recently was released as a movie.

I admit that I wasn’t really that interested in reading this book. However, when I finished A Little Life and had another trip coming up and no time to go to the library and no time to think about what to read, I popped into Kramerbooks and there it was. Then I read it in just a few days which was facilitated by a solo work trip. Lots of reading time! Including at a restaurant I specifically went to for BBQ. It came highly recommended by my Uber driver but there was no BBQ on the menu. Seriously!

Okay fine. Back to the book. Seriously! No BBQ. What’s the point of going to North Carolina if I can’t have a pulled pork sandwich?! Okay, really now. Book. A Man Called Ove is about a suicidal curmudgeonly widower who keeps having his plans for death ruined. Sounds awful, right? It’s not. It was a pretty light, fun read, actually. I say actually because I was really surprised I enjoyed reading it. I do not like suicide jokes at all. I have almost no tolerance for them and have no problem making that clear when I hear one. But this book was quite fun, charming even.

Ove is very concerned with making sure things are done right. He’s the kind of man who whole heartedly believes there is a right and wrong way to do things. This is his problem: he keeps finding people doing things not-right and he has to come in to rescue the situation.

This is a book that I would recommend if you’re looking for a light, easy read. It’s a fast, short read. Give it to the curmudgeon in your life. I wouldn’t say it’s a “must read” but it’s definitely a fun read.

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