Posts tagged ‘Swedish’

A Man Called Ove

by Catherine Hume

I have really enjoyed this novel! Although my book club, generally, didn’t enjoy it. One woman said that her reason for not enjoying the novel was that she found the book “too masculine”. I don’t know what that means so I can’t comment.

A Man Called Ove is Fredrik Backman‘s sixth novel, and has recently been made into a film. Ove is a man who was retired from his job against his will. He lives in a small Swedish town and simply cannot function in the modern world. Orphaned at a young age, Ove learned to be self-sufficient. He fixes things. He is someone who does instead of someone who talks. Ove’s world is turned upside down when a racially mixed family move in next door. These neighbours provide an annoyance each day that disturbs Ove’s daily attempts to commit suicide. The family gradually weave themselves into Ove’s life in a way that is both heart-warming and inspiring. (more…)

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February 27, 2018 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman was born in Stockholm in 1981 and grew up in Helsingborg. He has written for the Swedish newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad and Moore Magazine (the Swedish men’s lifestyle magazine). His first novel was A Man Called Ove (2012, English translation 2013, film version 2015) and it has been followed by My Grandmother asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown(published in Britain as The Scandal) and its sequel, Us Against You. Backman is married with two children.

February 27, 2018 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment


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