‘A Man Called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman

2012, 337 p.

Although this book purports to be about a curmudgeonly old man, the American film (renamed ‘A Man Called Otto’) stars Tom Hanks so he certainly couldn’t be too curmudgeonly. As someone who has experience of Grumpy Old Men (Reader, I married one) Ove is only eye-rollingly annoying with a heart of gold. It was altogether too saccharine for me.

There are advertisements at the end of the book for the author’s other publications, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologizes and Britt-Marie was here. They sound just like this book with an misunderstood older person covering a hidden warmth who blossoms under the attention of others. Pardon my cynicism.

Sourced from: purchased e-book (it was on special)

Rating: 5/10

6 responses to “‘A Man Called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman

  1. I went to a Book Chat today at Sandy Library and one of the readers there had read Book 3 of this trilogy after ‘quite’ enjoying Book 1. But Bk 3 was too long for itself, she said.
    It was a good group, a bunch of discerning readers, so I enjoyed myself:)

  2. Going to see the film today.

  3. I’ve seen the Swedish film as well as the Hollywood remake. Judging by your review, it sounds as if the Hollywood/ Tom Hanks version was truer to the book. In my memory at least, the Swedish movie was less saccharine

  4. I enjoyed the Swedish film much more than the US one, though Tom Hanks is always hard to resist

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