The excerpt above depicts the kind of love that "A Man Called Ove" explores. While it's definitely not a love story, this book cannot be described as anything other than a story about love and how it affects the life of a cranky old man named Ove.
When Ove was a cranky young man, he fell in love with a vivacious young woman named Sonja. She brought color into his world. By the time we meet Ove in his story, he's grown old. But his memories of Sonja are anything but faded, and he isn't quite sure what to do with the pain they cause. We watch him struggle through his daily routines, his grace and friendliness no less than that of a bull in a china shop. And yet, by the end of his story we can't help but be a little bit in love with a man called Ove.
PG - Mild language
Here's the honest truth- it took a very, very loooooooong time for me to finish A Man Called Ove. The reason is that this book is slow. And when I say slow- I mean s-l-o-w. But I loved every bit of it. The story was a delightful glimpse into the life of a cranky old man who, on the surface, at first struck me as somewhat annoying and weird. But the more I learned about Ove, the more I appreciated him and even found myself relating to the grumpy old man. This was a great book, and I highly recommend it!
Review By: P.L. Jones