Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

Image from Simon and Schuster

In this tragicomic story, we meet a man who is larger than life. Widowed, laid off and no longer engaged with life, Ove just wants to kill himself, while minimizing fuss, waste and mess.

The story builds as "ignorant" people "without principles" keep interfering with his plans. Demands multiply, bringing Ove into unwanted contact with those he most despises: tattooed thugs, the mechanically inept, IT consultants, and men in white shirts. Again and again, Ove is distracted from his suicide plans by the need to help others. He's obliged to repair machinery, rescue a "vagrant" cat, and teach a pregnant "foreigner" to drive. By turns tragic and hysterical, this is a rollicking read. It's also a movie.

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