11 December 2016

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


Title: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IORP664/

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: 305                                              

Status: Not Finished

Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended

I am probably a bad person. How else could I dislike a book that has more than 5000 positive reviews? A book, which everyone seems to love. Which will be a movie soon.

I have no idea what’s wrong with me? Are my expectations too high? Or maybe I’m just an old, mean-spirited, jealous little person? I really don’t know, but I couldn’t get into this book. It started well. An old man called Ove was buying a computer. And he was a grumpy old man. I could just imagine Ove looking like this:


But then, something went wrong. Ove wasn’t grumpy in a funny or interesting way. He was boring. I didn't find his character endearing. I understand that the book was suppsoed to be about a grumpy old man, who would have a change of heart, but Ove just didn't grab my attention. And the people in his neighborhood weren’t interesting either. I kept reading, waiting for them to do something that would keep me interested in their lives, but alas, it wasn’t happening. This was just not my kind of book. There came a moment when I had to put it away without finishing. I didn't even care to open the last page and see how it ended.

P.S. The writing was too simplistic to recommend it to the awisls.

A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman