A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove Summary

Written By Fredrik Backman

Readers Score: 4.5/5
Rated by 1,908 Readers

A Man Called Ove Book Summary



“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel new sympathy for the curmudgeons in your life.” —People

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.

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).

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A Man Called Ove is a Literary book, written By Fredrik Backman. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 1,908 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • A Man Called Ove

    By FriedaDS
    What a delightful book this was! I found all of the characters so "real" that I was sad to have it come to an end. Will be one I will reread in the future.
  • A must read!!

    By You got shank
    Best book I have read since All the light.. And Anne Tyler. Just amazing!! I think I will read it again, I miss the story already.
  • Very enjoyable

    By Cut wood
    What a pleasant and enjoyable book.


  • A classic.

    By hj.101
    I never would have thought that I’d read a book from start to end with a box of tissue by my side. This book is definitely a favorite from here on after. Double thumbs up dont give it justice at all. It is a must read!!
  • A man called ove

    By shay houser

    By pablo nucci
     This was by far the best novel that I have read to date. I literally felt like I was one of the neighbors that lived in that row of houses. I actually laughed and I cried. I enjoyed every bit of this book!
  • Tears and laughs

    By readhanded101
    This book left me quickly crying on a plane. I was drawn in by the grumpy observations of a simple old man and had my heart wretched by beautiful human connection
  • Didn’t care for it

    By AidaLone
    I was really hoping to like this book. Most reviews are great. I couldn’t get into it. The writing was good but the story line didn’t grab or keep me. I got through 2/3 of the book and gave up. I really wanted to like this one!
  • An Amazing Journey

    By Otolock_
    A Man Called Ove captures the essence of the grief Ove goes through after losing the love of his life. The story takes us through his ups and downs as he realizes that maybe, it’s not the end of the world yet. A tremendous read that I’d recommend to anyone.
  • Ugh

    By trythisnick
    Terrible flow to this book. Didn’t keep my interest at all.
  • Want more

    By imstillrunning
    A book about life. Beautiful.
  • A Man Called Ove

    By Canoepoler
    Great story, woven together with clues about what happens. Laugh, cringe, cry! Respected Ove, his deeds spoke much louder then his words.