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A Man Called Ove: A Novel de Fredrik Backman
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel (original: 2012; edição: 2015)

de Fredrik Backman (Autor)

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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 neighbour 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.… (mais)
Membro:ArtRodrigues
Título:A Man Called Ove: A Novel
Autores:Fredrik Backman (Autor)
Informação:Washington Square Press (2015), Edition: Reprint, 337 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:Nenhum(a)

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A Man Called Ove de Fredrik Backman (2012)

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This is a nice story. It is not a great classic, but is is a nice story. * I still am not sure what to rate it. I want to give it 2 stars but that's rather low. It reached its potential after all.

The text struggles with tense (for obvious reasons-- he's trying to do a lot with tense) and some of the sentences could have been edited. In some ways, his pattern of thought read like a millennial and that didn't ring true to me. Similarly the tension was always shown via expletives. Creative books don't need that many. I grew tired of the continual tension(and expletives).

Some other parts didn't ring true-- like Patrick disappearing for half the book. Other parts were confusing--white shirts don't exist in the US.

Most interesting for me, were the social statements (either purposeful or accidental) made in the book and in the subsequent popularity of the book.

Because, let's face it, this book would never have been popular during the Baby Boom. Too many youngsters about. This wouldn't click. But Baby Boomers now call a lot of the shots as far as book buying. What does that say about them and us and what we're in the process of doing to them? Similarly, though it was set in Europe, not much is that different in the US as far as population, ages, etc. And, while the book in some ways battled racism, it still surreptitiously contained it. **

There's a lot more that I could say about the unspoken social observations made in the novel but they would be tinted with my own biases. So I'll stop for now. Because, though I may be old and curmudgeonly before my time, I at least can practice keeping my own opinions around people who really want to hear them.

*Old traditionalist curmudgeons battling racist beliefs, etc., are not new. See [b:Major Pettigrew's Last Stand|6643090|Major Pettigrew's Last Stand|Helen Simonson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1320539020s/6643090.jpg|6837577] and a host of others.


**I was surprised at the attitude towards suicide, though. My understanding was that euthanasia was actually legal in most countries. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
This book will go into my top ten favorites. I loved the writing style and I really enjoyed all of the quirky characters, but so well written. I won't forget this book. I want to read more from this author. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Sep 22, 2021 |
Book club book. Good. A little boring. Grumpy old man but only 59. Widower for many years. Makes friends and changes. ( )
  avdesertgirl | Aug 22, 2021 |
A great second choice for reading rehab. It felt too rookie at first, but I am a sucker for a quirky character and charming village people, and that sufficed. ( )
  eslee | Aug 11, 2021 |
This book about grief will make you feel warmly toward a man we all want to avoid. It's funny and immersive and had moments so sad that I had a hard time picking it up again. But the writer (and translator) did a good job and eventually I wanted to see what would happen. It's a bit of a tale (rather than Real Life) and as such it wraps up neatly at the end. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
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Den svenske suksessbloggeren Fredrik Backman drar oss gjennom en forutsigbar fortelling som trykker på alle de rette knappene inntil vi er trygt plassert innenfor vår egen komfortsone.
adicionado por annek49 | editarNRK, Knut Hoem (May 9, 2013)
 
Livet är obegripligt, världen är läskig och det går inte att skydda sig mot den. Fredrik Backman berättar underhållande om botemedlet i sin debutroman.
adicionado por annek49 | editarDN, Lotta Olsson (Jan 14, 2013)
 
Genom humorns prisma belyser ”En man som heter Ove” teman som åldrande, vänskap, sorg, livslust och den föränderliga mansrollen. Boken är varken behärskad eller finputsad – delar är återvunna från Café-bloggen och har skarvats in lite slarvigt – men den är en skruvad och gripande romandebut som mycket väl kan vara början på ett stort humoristiskt författarskap.
adicionado por annek49 | editarSvenska Dagbladet, Sam Sundberg (Oct 18, 2012)
 
This word-of-mouth bestseller has sold more than 650,000 copies in Sweden and has been a hit across Europe. It deserves to do at least as well here. I loved A Man Called Ove so much that I started to ration how much I read to prolong my time with this cantankerous, low-key, misunderstood man. If you enjoyed Rachel Joyce’s marvellous bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, you will love this book.

Each short chapter of A Man Called Ove could stand alone as a beautifully crafted short story. Bring the chapters together and you have the most uplifting, life-affirming and often comic tale of how kindness, love and happiness can be found in the most unlikely places
 
Backman's tale of 59-yea-old curmudgeon, Ove, not only captured the hearts of Backman's fellow Swedes, but has also swept across Europe as a word-of-mouth best-seller; a domino effect that suggests community spirit and social responsibility isn't quite so lacking as we're often told it is....On occasion the slightly repetitive tone becomes cloying, but Backman can tickle the funny bone and tug on the heart strings when he needs to, and is a clever enough storyteller to not overindulge in either.

For those of you who don't want your fiction to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, A Man Called Ove isn't for you. Yet it's surprisingly cheering to think how many people have embraced this simple but heartwarming novel.
 

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Airoldi, AnnaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Darke, Niklasautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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 neighbour 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.

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