#BookBeginnings A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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?

First Sentence:

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.

What do you think? Have you read A Man Called Ove:  A Novel by Fredrik Backman?


  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I loved this book, and Ove grew on me. Yes, he was pretty rude and a curmudgeon, but those qualities made him an interesting character to read about. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    • Roberta

      I assume there’s a reason he acts like he does, but I’m not very far into it yet.

  2. Karen

    This sounds like an interesting book. Another one to add to my ever-growing TBR list. If only I could read them as fast as I add them to the list!

    • Roberta


      It has quite a few good reviews, plus Shan recommended it.

      The too huge TBR list is why I’ve started speed dating books. 🙂

  3. Literary Feline

    I have so much love for A Man Called Ove. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Ashley S.

    This book sounds really good! Ove seems like quite the interesting character. Happy reading! 🙂

  5. Margot @ Joyfully Retired

    I really liked this book. It was a book club choice and almost every member was positive about it. I hope you enjoy it too. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Roberta

      Wow, it’s unusual for everyone in a book club to agree. I have to say I am enjoying it.

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