A Man called Ove – An Excerpt

Ove was, well, Ove was Ove. Something the people around her also kept telling Sonja.
He’d been a grumpy old man since he started elementary school, they insisted. And she could have someone so much better.

Maybe he didn’t write her poems or serenade her with songs or come home with expensive gifts. But he believed so strongly in things: justice and fair play and hard work and a world where right just had to be right. Not so one could get a medal or a diploma or a slap on the back for it, but just because that was how it was supposed to be. Not many men of his kind were made anymore, Sonja had understood. So she was holding on to this one.

A Man called Ove, Fredrik Backman


11 Replies to “A Man called Ove – An Excerpt”

    1. Quite easily, my best book for 2019 as of yet. Is the movie out? I thought it was getting adapted? I know Hanks is starring as Mr Ove, and that’s one big reason to not miss this one. Please tell me if it’s released.

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      1. 🙂 Tom Hanks one is still in production but do watch the original one, the swedish one 🙂 it is awesome, you will surely like it 🙂


      1. It was definitely very sweet. The sad bits for me was watching Ove struggling to fit in in a more modern world than the one he’s used to, and having to do it alone since his wife is gone. It reminded me a lot of my older relatives and how they feel a bit lost and out of place around new technology and new ideas.
        And the bits where he’s about to commit suicide always got to me.
        It does end up sweet, but there were definitely some sadder moments for me.


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