A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2014-07-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 3,469 Ratings


Now a major motion picture A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks!

#1 New York Times bestseller—more than 3 million copies sold!

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.

Fredrik Backman’s beloved first novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).


  • A great book

    By Learning composition
    One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Hard to believe a book about suicide can be both hilarious and heartwarming.
  • Love this book!

    By theresapizza
    Best book I’ve read in a while…the characters are amazing as the author brings them to life. Loved this book!
  • An absolutely wonderful book.

    By Doctor Radio
    … as I said, an absolutely wonderful book.
  • Yes.

    By fishsticks32
    Just yes 🙌
  • Gets interesting towards the end

    By Ymengzh729
    A bit too slow and way too detailed for my taste, especially in the beginning. I had to skip through a few chapters. But even as I did, the humor jumped out.
  • Ove

    By YayaNetski
    A well written character study with a cast of fascinating characters.
  • Slow plot

    By monew....
    Not my favorite read, while the book was beautifully written, I found the plot line slow and uninteresting.
  • Perfect

    By carocross
    What can I say? It’s wonderful! Read for yourself.
  • Mr Cranky Pants

    By 12345qwertfdsa
    I laughed. I cried. I had an urge to buy a Saab.
  • Emotional roller coaster

    By MaxineVCD
    Let’s just say I cried through the last 5 or 6 chapters. No wonder Fredrik Backman became so well known for this book!