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9/5/17 11:00 P

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I finally watched the movie yesterday. Suprisingly DH enjoyed it as well. It was very true to the book but obviously skipped some parts. The timeline at the end of the movie was different but I couldn't think of anything to be improved upon.



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5/11/17 4:19 A

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Cool!

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5/10/17 8:08 P

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So excited. Just found A Man Called Ove the movie is available free for Prime members right now. Can't wait to find some time to watch this with my DH.





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3/27/17 9:43 A

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I will be finishing today I think. When I started, I was thinking I wasn't going to like it much, but it's grown on me. I agree about Ove. I thought he might be in the spectrum.

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3/27/17 7:40 A

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I was finally able to finish the audiobook for this one. I enjoyed it. It reminded of The Rosie Project in some ways as it seems like Ove was dealing with either Asperger's or another challenge at times. While the ending works out to be somewhat predictable it was definitely a worthy read. Thank you whoever suggested this one so long ago emoticon



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2/23/17 6:30 A

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I'm still on the hold list at my library, but when I checked yesterday, I was #25 so I'm making progress.

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2/22/17 11:47 A

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Just finished the book and I loved it! Thanks to the team for the suggestion :-)

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2/4/17 3:49 P

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Sorry - I know that it is February but I meant to post these earlier. Since everyone seemed to enjoy the book maybe some will like to reflect on a few of the questions from LitLovers.com.

Discussion Questions
1. How does the opening scene, in which Ove attempts to purchase a computer, succinctly express the main points of Ove’s ongoing battle with the stupidities of the modern world?

2. Ove loves things that have a purpose, that are useful. How does this worldview fail him when he believes himself to be useless? How is he convinced that he can still be useful?

3. As readers, we get to know Ove slowly, with his past only being revealed piece by piece. What surprised you about Ove’s past? Why do you think the author revealed Ove’s past the way that he did?

4. We all know our own grumpy old men. How do Ove’s core values lead him to appear as such a cranky old coot, when he is in fact nothing of the sort? Which of these values do you agree or disagree with?

5. Although Ove has some major "disagreements" with the way the world turned out, there are some undeniable advantages to the modernization he finds so hollow. How do these advantages improve Ove’s life, even if he can’t admit it?

6. Parveneh’s perspective on life, as radically different from Ove’s as it is, eventually succeeds in breaking Ove out of his shell, even if she can’t change his feelings about Saabs. How does her brash, extroverted attitude manage to somehow be both rude and helpful?

7. Ove strives to be “as little unlike his father as possible.” Although this emulation provides much of the strength that helps Ove persevere through a difficult life, it also has some disadvantages. What are some of the ways that Ove grows into a new way of thinking over the course of the book?

8. Ove is a believer in the value of routine—how can following a routine be both comforting and stultifying? How can we balance routine and spontaneity? Should we? Or is there sense in eating sausage and potatoes your whole life?

9. The truism “it takes a village to raise a child” has some resonance with A Man Called Ove. How does the eclectic cast of posers, suits, deadbeats, and teens each help Ove in their own way?

10. Although we all identify with Ove to some extent, especially by the end of the story, we certainly also have our differences with him. Which of the supporting cast (Parveneh, Jimmy, the Lanky One, Anita) did you find yourself identifying with most?

11. What did you make of Ove’s ongoing battle with the bureaucracies that persist in getting in his way? Is Ove’s true fight with the various ruling bodies, or are they stand-ins, scapegoats, for something else?

12. On page 113, after a younger Ove punches Tom, the author reflects: "A time like that comes for all men, when they choose what sort of men they want to be." Do you agree with this sentiment, especially in this context? How does the book deal with varying ideas of masculinity?

13. On page 246, the author muses that when people don’t share sorrow, it can drive them apart. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

14. What do you think of Ove’s relationship with the mangy cat he adopts? What does the cat allow him to express that he couldn’t otherwise say?

15. On Ove and Sonja’s trip to Spain, Ove spends his time helping the locals and fixing things. How does Ove the “hero” compare and contrast to his behavior in the rest of the book? Is that Ove’s true personality?

16. Ove and Sonja’s love story is one of the most affecting, tender parts of the book. What is the key to their romance? Why do they fit so well together?

17. Saab? Volvo? BMW? Scania?
(Questions issued by the publisher.)



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2/4/17 3:46 P

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No, I didn't realize there is a movie. Looks like it came out late 2015 and won some awards in 2016. It is nominated for a few Academy Awards so that could explain it Cheryl.

I will have to look for the movie to rent. It only was shown one time at an Arts theater downtown around here. Surprising though that there isn't a showing set up for closer to the Academy Awards somewhere nearby.

I haven't finished it yet but I'm at the point where the neighbor is in the hospital.




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2/4/17 8:56 A

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I didn't know it was a movie. Was it recent? I've been trying to figure out why the wait list was so long for it. I'm still #55 on the hold list.

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2/2/17 1:21 P

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I enjoyed it also! lots of fun to read. Did anyone see the movie? It played at our tiny "art movie" theater, but I missed it

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2/2/17 5:26 A

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I really enjoyed this book. I work with a couple OVE type people, so it was very entertaining reading this.

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"Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe." -- St. Augustine



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2/2/17 4:00 A

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I am still on the wait list. I'm looking forward to finally getting to read it.

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2/1/17 12:08 P

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Excellent book and worth the wait!

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1/30/17 7:16 P

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I'm still on the waiting list. #53 (I think) for the book and #24 for the electronic version.

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1/30/17 7:10 P

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I restarted the audio version of this book today. Ove just saw his wife from the train for the first time :)



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1/15/17 7:43 A

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I'm looking forward to this one. I'm still very far on the waiting list though. In the 80's for a hard copy and I think in the 50's for the electronic version.

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1/12/17 10:32 P

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Just finished reading A Man Called Ove. What a great read!!!

For a new me.


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1/11/17 8:57 A

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I was able to get the audio version checked out again so hoping to restart it later today. Need to finish the book I'm currently listening too first (otherwise, I will never get any finished this year either LOL).



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1/10/17 4:53 P

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Ove is really starting to grow on me. emoticon

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1/9/17 12:42 P

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Just learned last night that they're turning this into a movie.

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1/8/17 4:42 A

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This was one of my favorite books of all time. I am in a Book Club and when it was my turn to host this was the book that i chose for discussion. I even made a cake and put "Ove" on the top of it. Look up the pronunciation of his name. You will be surprised. Last week I found this movie On Demand and watched it. It had subtitles. The movie was true to the book and I watched it twice.

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1/3/17 3:44 P

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By a lucky coincidence, I was given this book as a Christmas gift. Looking forward to reading it!

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A Man Called Ove
Ove is definitely somewhere on the Asperger’s spectrum. He functions with strict routines, finds change particularly difficult, everything is black and white in his mind with nothing in between. Life has presented Ove with its fair share of challenges which he has worked through until the last. This last challenge severely upsets him making him feel he no longer has any value.
I found the story is written with a great amount of detail and sometimes I would have liked it to move on faster. But in all honestly it is integral to the narrative. The juxtaposition of Parveneh and her family with Ove forces him out of his comfort zone and routines. There are many funny events that follow once Parveneh arrives and it is satisfying that Ove regains his sense of self. By the time I finished this book I was most happy I had read it.


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12/28/16 10:33 A

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Thanks for that, Deb. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to read this in January. I'm moving up on the list, but I'm still at 108 last I checked. It's on my list for 2017 anyway.

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12/23/16 7:08 A

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I am so excited to read a new book and share thoughts and ideas with others. emoticon

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12/16/16 6:11 P

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Started the audio book on this one today but it expires tonight so probably won't be able to get it finished. FYI in case anyone is wondering, the reader is pronouncing it Ov-ah.



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12/11/16 10:13 P

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I was able to get this book as an audio book but I haven't started it yet. Hoping to get through December's book first :)



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Please post any comments/questions about A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman in this thread.



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