I have been wanting to read this book since its release but I couldn’t find a copy for years till now. When I saw it at our local secondhand bookstore, I had to restrain myself from wildly grabbing the book and shouting “MINE!” And when I finally bought it, I didn’t waste any second not reading it. I picture Ove as Mr. Fredricksen from the animated movie “Up”, only Ove is a bit younger and just like for Mr. Fredricksen, I feel a special fondness for Ove. They’re both grumpy on the outside but really kind on the inside. I knew there was a special story behind their façade.
As the plot pushes, I feel more deeply for Ove. After being forced to retire from work early to be replaced by the younger generation, he felt he no longer had a reason to continue living now especially so that his wife has already passed away. But whenever he is about to commit suicide, a beautiful memory or a knock from the neighbor or something or someone else requiring Ove’s saving would always postpone his chance to finally be with his wife, Sonja. It’s quite funny. Ove IS funny.
Told in an instrospective narrative viewpoint by Ove, this book is a very touching, several times heartbreaking but also inspiring story involving a cute stray cat, a Persian pregnant neighbor with a not so quick husband and adorable two little girls and a whole cast of neighbors whose lives were permanently changed, thanks to Ove. He didn’t know it but he was really on a mission on improving the lives of these people. That’s how big his heart is both literally and figuratively. You definitely wouldn’t want to miss knowing A Man Called Ove.