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Book Review: A Man Called Ove

It seems cliche but I actually did “laugh and cry” while reading this story. Although the theme is a dark one, I found that the book left me more hopeful than sullen. The setting is Sweden and the story incidentally gives an eye-opening glimpse of Sweden’s socialistic healthcare system. Spoiler alert… it isn’t an ideal situation.

I loved the abrasive main character for his honesty and his steadfast principles. Living with such a person, on the other hand, would be challenging indeed.

There’s a charming love story thread that left this reader wondering if it were even plausible while dearly hoping it could be.

Loyalty and friendship win the day many times as death lurks nearby.

I found it an unforgettable page turner and recommend this book.

There’s a movie too. 😀




I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: A Man Called Ove

  1. i loved your review! this was my first book by Backman and i have since read all his books. he is pure talent. Ove is one character I will always remember.

      1. my pleasure Susan, I cry over his words, they resonate so deeply. hope you get to enjoy more of his work

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