Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

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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.


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