Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.
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I Laughed and I Cried
- Bill "The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else."
The best I've listened to in years!
I've already listened to this book more than once. I love the characters. They feel like family to me - quirky, funny, and multidimensional. This is a book that reminds you of what's extraordinary about the ordinary, and hints at the complex spirit inside the people we meet and think we know. I love the way the author sets the stage of various times and places through the chapter titles.
I wish there were another book to compare. This one really stands alone for me.
I found Ove's conversations with his wife moving. Her upbeat spirit and how she loved Ove, despite his curmudgeonly ways, reminded me of those rare, gem-like people you meet a few times in your life who just glow from within.
"A Man Called Ove" and "The Good House," though both extremely different from one another, are two of the best books I've listened to in years.