Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon – the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell”. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
I loved this book so much. There’s something about grumpy old men that just makes me smile every time, so I knew this might be a book for me. Ove’s point of view was hilarious. It has always been very clear to me, that grumpy old men are not usually grumpy for no reason. I was eager to know all the reasons why Ove was who he was. I enjoyed discovering his background story piece by piece. I love Backman’s insightful writing coated with dark humor, and this story was so full of those funny-sad moments. This book reinforced my belief that small honest acts of kindness make the world go around, and that in the end, everyone needs somebody.
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