A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

Book - 2014
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A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.
Publisher: London :, Sceptre,, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781444775792
9781444775815
Branch Call Number: F BAC NVD
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 23 cm

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lilyofthevalley3
Aug 09, 2017

Ths book was funny, sad, and annoying at times, but heartwarming also!

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HamiltonLaurie
Aug 03, 2017

I picked up the book after watching the movie in theatres (twice!) and realize now how well the movie screenplay and acting was done. In the past I have tried to read a book after having seen the movie but it didn't go well. In this case I was able to laugh all over again as I pictured what the characters were saying and doing. I would highly recommend both the book and the movie!

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telger
Jul 19, 2017

I picked up this book because of the many rave reviews I heard. My expectations are met plus beyond that. I love how Ove's character changes - even his rough ones seemed justified to me as the story shows how he trusted and then violated. But then true love happens and kindness and human compassion prevails. Such a common, regular and familiar scene- universal actually. I have to admit I shed tears while reading this book. And I see many, real "Oves" in my life. Thank God!

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tuzzi
May 30, 2017

The character development in this book is beautiful, Ove's story deep and touching, and the intertwining of character relationships very well done. I cried so many times ready this book but not just of sadness; there are so many beautiful passages and heartwarming moments.

And I laughed a lot too. I can't recommend this book enough.

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PJD
Apr 15, 2017

It wasn't a real page turner but it sure was a nice read.

VaughanPLDonnalee Apr 10, 2017

I must admit, it took me a little while to get into this book. I read the first third slowly and intermittently. I didn't really like like Ove much at first. This, however, exactly mirrors the usual effect the grumpy Ove has on people. I stuck with it, however, because the book had come so highly recommended and I was very glad I did. Yes, like many before me, I too fell under Ove's spell. It was a funny, entertaining book about grief and death. The book was charming, pleasant, yet still very bittersweet. I was sorry when it ended. Highly recommended.

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callaottawa
Mar 15, 2017

Despite being totally predictable with unreal happy endings for all characters, I really enjoyed this book from its first to its last page. Could be just a relief from these discouraging times, but it was well written and gave me a lift.

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dontbugmeimreading
Mar 08, 2017

I loved it. Ove reminds me of so many people. I am about to see what else my library has to offer by the same author.

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norma777
Mar 06, 2017

Excellent. A must read.

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AngelaWard1
Feb 10, 2017

Wonderful book!

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Magicworld
Aug 21, 2015

“And time is a curious thing. Most of us only live for the time that lies right ahead of us. A few days, weeks, years. One of the most painful moments in a person's life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead. And when time no longer lies ahead of one, other things have to be lived for. memories, perhaps.”

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Magicworld
Aug 21, 2015

“To love someone is like moving into a house," Sonja used to say. "At first you fall in love in everything new, you wonder every morning that this is one's own, as if they are afraid that someone will suddenly come tumbling through the door and say that there has been a serious mistake and that it simply was not meant to would live so fine. But as the years go by, the facade worn, the wood cracks here and there, and you start to love this house not so much for all the ways it is perfect in that for all the ways it is not. You become familiar with all its nooks and crannies. How to avoid that the key gets stuck in the lock if it is cold outside. Which floorboards have some give when you step on them, and exactly how to open the doors for them not to creak. That's it, all the little secrets that make it your home. "

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Magicworld
Aug 21, 2015

“She just smiled, said that she loved books more than anything, and started telling him excitedly what each of the ones in her lap was about. And Ove realised that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life.”

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rrmueller
Jun 10, 2016

Fantastic! This booked grabbed me so completely that by the end I was hoping and wishing it would go on and on. Good for a book club.

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