Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review: A Man Called Ove

Title A Man Called Ove
By Fredrik Backman
Genre Adult Fiction
Format Print
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis
Ove's lived a good life he had a good job a good car and a wonderful wife. When he loses his wife  and then his job he decides he's done and it's time to join his wife. But first he has to deal with the pesky new neighbors always asking to borrow things and the mangy cat that won't stop following him around and his arch nemesis, The Men In White Shirts, who are trying to take away his old frenemy.  As he becomes unwillingly enmeshed in his neighbors lives he finds there just might be more to live for than he thought.

First Sentence
Ove is fiftey-nine.

Lets start with that first sentence. Other than the fact that Ove acted twenty years older than he was this book was a delight. Yep, just like everyone else has been saying.

I "cheated" and watched the movie first and found both the movie and book so similar that I kind of wished I'd read the book first. Let me explain. Unless you're a speed reader or the book is very short, it usually takes longer to read a book than watch a movie. And when they're both so similar it can FEEL like the book is taking even longer to read because you know what's coming. Does that make sense? No? Yeah, I'm not making much sense to myself either.

Anywho, I ended up enjoying both the movie and the book and loved the ending of the book better than the movie so there you go. A reason to read the book. And I'd recommend you read it before watching the movie.

15 comments:

  1. Good to know. I have to say that based on Suey's description of him from her review, he could still be 59 because my 60-year-old sister acts like that, lol. It think it just depends on the person.

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    1. Really? Yeah, I guess my mom was kind of like that.

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  2. I enjoyed reading this but have yet to read his other books. Will have to read them at some point.

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    1. I have two other of his books. I look forward to reading them.

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  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! It seems like you are really on your way out of your reading slump. Yay!

    I actually haven't heard of this book or the movie, but I will definitely read the book first. It has a really interesting premise!

    Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. Yes, reading slump is over. Yay!

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  4. I've heard only good things about this one. I need to read it one of these days. Don't know why I'm hesitating -- maybe because I've heard it gets off to a very slow start??

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    1. It's kind of a slow start but not really. I've read much slower.

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  5. When I picked this up, I had just finished a Liane Moriarty book, and I wasn't in the mood for this one. I enjoyed what I read, but I just needed something else. I plan on picking this up again soon.

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  6. I know exactly what you mean with the whole 'the book feels so slow' thing. I watched The Hobbit before I read it (sacrilege, I know) and the same thing happened to me. I did understand the story better but that was mostly because Tolkien's writing is expressive almost to the point of exhaustion. Back to this book, though; I didn't even know there was a book counterpart! From what you said, I think it would be wise of me to read the book first :)

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Yeah. I can never decide what’s better. Movie or book first.

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  7. I didn't even know this was a movie, though I don't know if I want to watch it after loving the book so much. I loved this book so much and I kind of want to re-read it again!

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