A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

“A Man Called Ove” is 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.

A man called Ove by Fredrik BackmanI 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.


 

About M. Bijman

Avid reader, longtime writer of book reviews and literary analyses. Interested in literature, creativity and cognition, language and linguistics, musicology, and technology. Occasionally writes poems and bits of music.

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