I was puzzled by why this novel was a hit with so many people. It is again, like The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson, written in a simple, highly structured way, with the same expressions and images repeated over and over and the same things happening again and again in each chapter:- the main character, Ove, visits his wife’s grave; he makes plans to kill himself; he has an encounter with modern society which aggravates him, for instance at the shops; he walks around the neighbourhood and taps/pulls/knocks three times on everything; and he gets interrupted by various human predicaments in mid-suicide-attempt. (Continue reading…)
Read more about Fredrik Backman’s previous novel, Britt-Marie Was Here.
Read about the film version of A Man Called Ove.