A Man Called Ove

It’s been awhile and I hope to get back to blogging regularly. Please bear with me.

I literally just finished a book and had to share. It was probably one of the funniest and heart wrenching books I’ve read all year.

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“For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.”

A Man Called Ove is about Ove, a grouchy older man, a loner, who has lost his dear wife (and his job) and all he wants to do is die to be with her. However, every suicide attempt gets interrupted and his new neighbors, a mangy cat and old friends intrude on his peace.

“Ove looks at the group assembled around him, as if he’s been kidnapped and taken to a parallel universe. For a moment he thinks about swerving off the road, until he realizes that the worst-case scenario would be that they all accompanied him into the afterlife.”

The sadness (and joys) of the past are interwoven into the present giving such insight into Ove.

It’s a story about life bringing opportunities to replace what has been lost and is a reminder that there are so many layers to people that their exterior armor could never hint at.

“Love is a strange thing. It takes you by surprise.”

A delightful read.