A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2014-07-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 699 Ratings


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).


  • 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'.
  • A great read

    By Solonreader
    My father was Swedish - and Ove has may of his traits: impatient, opinionated, quick to anger, and intolerant of fools and drivers who followed too closely. He would also be the first person to help fix anything broken. As I read this marvelous book I recognized my father — and myself! I share those same traits. Fortunately I also recognized my eagerness to reach out to people in need, to work hard, and to be honest. This was one of those books that I wanted to go on and on …. I'd laugh while reading one page - and then hold back some tears a few pages later. This is a book that will touch your heart — and if it does not - I will worry about you.
  • A man called ove

    By didi450
    I loved everything about this book, writing style and characters. The unraveling of the story kept me intrigued. I couldn't put it down and was terribly sad when reading it came to an end.
  • Great Read

    By andrewthewriter
    Just read it. You will not be sorry. Fantastic read.
  • I laughed, I cried...

    By Lwdz
    I started off slowly with this book but I'm so glad I stuck with it. The pace and the tone seemed to escalate their way to the perfect ending. A funny and heartwarming send up to curmudgeonly virile men of an older generation. I am buying this for my father and step father tomorrow.
  • A Man Called Ove

    By Mdhlucky13
    An incredibly endearing book- couldn't help myself and read it 3 times.
  • A Man Called Ove

    By Artymusician
    I loved this book and the wonderful characters in it! Wow! I was skeptical at first, but am glad I continued to read. What an outstanding treat I will never forget! Ove's wife -- the love of his life -- knew she had a jewel in the rough. Maybe because of her father, she could see beneath the silent and seemingly grumpy exterior. Wish everyone had the patience to see beyond the artificial images people judge others by. Great book!!