A Man Called Ove: A Book Worth Reading

I purchased this for my mother, who really enjoyed it. When she finished reading it, she handed the book to me.

From the start, the writing style was fun and quirky, alternating between third-person past and third-person present, but the author seemed to navigate these shifts well, and (for me), they enhanced the way the story was told. A few chapters into the book, the fun writing and interesting chapter titles met with an increasingly depressing subject matter. But as I kept reading, the humor of the main character, Ove, won out, and I found myself laughing at him and his curmudgeonly way of viewing and approaching life.screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-12-12-39-pm

Without realizing it, I was feeling closer to Ove, as if he were a real person. In all fairness, it probably didn’t hurt that he reminded me of some people close to me, and even a little of myself (at times). During the meat of the story, the author alternated between the current storyline and Ove’s past, and by the end of the middle of this tale, I was fully invested in Ove and the unlikely pseudo family he’d ended up gathering around him, despite his best efforts to keep everyone at bay.

Then came the ending, which I found difficult to read, because it affected me emotionally. Ok, I’ll say it. I read the last chapter with tears in my eyes. But make no mistake, this book is not depressing. I found it sweet and hopeful and sad at the same time. In short, it was a well-told story of the life of a unique man named Ove, and it was a tale worth reading.

I highly recommend this novel, especially if you want to read something that might affect you deeply. This is well done, and I will read more by this author.

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