Today’s book was a gift from friend who is a reader and a writer. Let’s look at A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman for Book Beginnings on Fridays.
Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!
A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
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Ove’s middle name is “curmudgeon”. When a young family moves in next door and disrupts his life by running over his mailbox, will they be the next victims of his grumpiness?
Ove is fifty-nine.
What a simple first sentence. Apparently the author didn’t feel the need to grab the reader with a harpoon.
Here’s the next paragraph:
He drives a Saab. He’s the kind of man who points at people he doesn’t like the look of, as if they were burglars and his forefinger a policeman’s flashlight. He stands at the counter of a shop where owners of Japanese cars come to order white cables. Ove eyes the sales assistant for a long time before shaking a medium-sized white box at him.
Sounds like this novel is going to be character driven.