Apparently, A Man Called Ove is one of the more beloved books in the last few years. I mean, just check out that impressive 4.5 star rating with over 16,000 views. People love this thing! So, what's wrong with all of them and what is right with my 1.5 star rating? 😊 Read further to find out.
So, actually, we're all right. I mean, its a book and people all have their own opinion of what is enjoyable and entertaining to them. Clearly, this one was neither for me. I knew the premise before I started, curmudgeonly old man melts your heart with his external rudeness but internal kindness. I think I liked it better when I saw it the first time in Disney's Up!
I really did have to check myself after finishing. How is it possible that this book is so well liked by others and so disliked by me? Did I not get that under Ove's tough exterior is this super sweet guy who cares for others? No, I got that. Perhaps I missed this books message that no matter how tough life is, you can still find meaning, and yes, even love later on. Figured that as well. So what is it about this book that others find so mesmerizing? I really do think it's Ove.
But here is where they are wrong; everyone's overthinking it. Everyone is looking so deeply into his character and drawing conclusions that you have to work to get to and missing what is right in front your face - this guy is a huge JERK! I mean, really, he is a miserable, awful human being who enforces rules, is incredibly rude to others, and has unbelievably pessimistic view about the world and people! He is not endearing; he is just an a&*hole!
What I think also did this book in, at least to me, as that the story really is quite boring. The events that occur are so menial; his past so expected. Yes, I get it, it's real life; but guess what, real life is boring. I read for entertainment and excitement. This book had neither.
I also think I just have a philosophical disposition that is opposite Ove. He seems to not enjoy life; he seems angry with most people; he seems to be frustrated a lot... you get the idea. Why live life that way? Worst, why spend time in real life (like I did) reading about a person with this view of life for 300 pages? Well, my recommendation to you is don't do that. Sure, 16,000 people might be right. However, if you want to be entertained with an awesome and exciting story about a well-rounded and optimistic character this is NOT the book for you. If you want the exact opposite, read ahead!