Monday, July 28, 2014
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Brilliant book. Would make a fantastic movie. I totally loved it and laughed out loud repeatedly and kept telling my husband about the story as I read it. After 59 year old Ove is laid off from his job, he realizes that he really does have no reason at all to live and it is time to join his recently deceased wife, Sonja. He plans out his suicide attempts methodically to create as little mess as possible, but each attempt is thwarted as he winds up having to help other people who are all incompetent. He makes friends with his new neighbors Parvanah and her husband Sebastian and their children and is drawn into more relationships - with a cat, the mailman, a boy who becomes temporarily homeless, a man whose life he winds up saving during one of his failed suicide attempts and his neighbor who was a friend turned enemy but is no longer either now that he has altzheimer's. Strewn with memories of his past and the craziness of his present, Ove's story is just fabulous. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.