Book review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Book cover from Goodreads

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? Goodreads.

Before I go on a full rambling mode, I would like to acknowledge that it went totally over my head about posting my rambling on this book. I swear I had post it before I picked another book to read, but turns out I was wrong. It was only brought to my attention last night, and it was already 23.35 and I was sleepy and I need to wake up early the next day for Suhoor and basically I’m just a lazy person.

Okay, let’s get down to business. What do I think about the book? Oh this is tricky, because I love this book so much. There was not a single doubt as to my opinion on this book. The moment I closed the book, I know right there and then that this was an instant 5 star. For lack of better explanation on what I think about it, I’m now going to be throwing out words at what I think about it; breath-taking, brilliant, captivating, charismatic, charming, comforting, complex.

Now, that  it is out of my system, I will now try my very best to be articulate in explaining about how great this book is. When I first read the book, I honestly thought this was going to be like My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,which I’m not technically far off actually, considering it is the same guy who wrote both book. But, I was soon proven wrong. Where I struggle to like and enjoy the former, the latter was an instant crush on my part. Every part of Ove was captivating, from Ove himself down to all the other characters in the story.

Every time I had finished one chapter, I had to keep on reading because I have been charmed by Ove, by wanting to know more about Ove and all his antic sets of neighbours. Also, Cat Annoyance? Oh man, Ove cracks me up; who would name a cat Cat Annoyance if not someone like Ove?

Before I continue with my rambling, I have a question. Have you ever read a book review where someone says something that goes along the line of, “oh my God, this is such a sweet and heartwarming story” or “I feel warm when I read this book” or something like that? Because I have. And almost every time, I would frowned because I have never understood people when they said they felt warm from reading something. You’re suppose to feel warm from a heater or some sorts. Also, what even is a sweet story? No, seriously, what?

Then one day, I picked up this book; lo and behold I am now in full understanding of what it means to read a sweet story and feeling warm as the aftermath. This was the book. This was the story that brought me a full understanding of a sweet and heartwarming story. Granted that I cried in my office as I finish the book, but it was a mixture of sadness, relieve, happiness, and a tinge of sweetness. I felt like I know every single one of those people personally like they were my own neighbours; I feel like I was going to miss Ove, Cat Annoyance, Parvaneh, Patrick, their kids, Jimmy, Adrian, Misrad, Anders, Rune, Lena, Anita, and Anders. It was bittersweet to have finished the book.

Where I struggle to like the characters in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, I have no doubt that I am already loving almost all the characters in A Man Called Ove, without a doubt. I seriously recommend this book for everyone, regardless of your favourite genre. If you’re into a sweet-like kind of story (whether you’re already blessed in knowing what a sweet story is or want to know what a sweet story is), if you’re going through a loss of someone you care for deeply, if you’re feeling lonely, if you’re feeling like you have lost your PIZAAAZZ (not pizza, good God, if you lost your pizza, you better track down those people who lost it and get it back while it still hot), or if you’re just simply looking for a good book to spend your weekend, give this book a go. It’s going to be worth your time, I promise.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: A Man Called Ove

Author: Fredrik Backman

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Humour

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4 thoughts on “Book review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

  1. Gue juga pernah dil ngerasa warm dan sedih ketika kelar baca buku yang super bagus. Hal pertama yg ada di pikiran gue adalah: “i’m so gonna put this book on my favorite list”. Hal kedua: “I’ll never find a book as good and heartwarming as this”. Yang kedua hiperbola sih haha, but I believe that some books are just irreplaceable.


    1. Gue sih baru pertama ini kali banget, Sep. Berasanya bener-bener merinding bahagia (lebay!) pas berhasil nemu suatu cerita yang beneran sweet dan heartwarming banget.


      1. Yang ini gue ada hard copynya, Sep. Menurut gue sih worth the read ketimbang bukunya yang satu lagi. Tapi dia udah bikin buku baru lagi, nah gue lagi nyari karena penasaran.


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