This book is hailed as a must read for those who loved Elinor Oliphant is completely fine. Now, as someone who has Elinor Oliphant as a favourite book, I thought this was a bold claim but I was hopeful as there’s nothing better than finding a gem of book that stays with you long after you’ve read the last page.
Sadly, A Man Called Ove, didn’t do this for me.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book and has certain good moments throughout the story, but on a whole it certainly didn’t capture me in the same way as Elinor did. This is why it’s hard to compare one book to another because it clouds judgement before going in.
However, A Man Called Ove, is a charming story about an eccentric man who tries to navigate through the world with a perspective that makes him seem fairly odd to those who knows him.
At the heart, the book tells the story of Ove and his wife, how they met and fell in love and the tragedies they faced. It also shares how Ove navigates his life on his own, how he views things in a way that seem odd to most people but perfectly logical to him.
What is charming about this book is how it helps show the world through a different lens, we all know someone who’s a little odder than usual and we never quite know what to make of them. Books like A Man Called Ove and Elinor Oliphant shows that ‘normal’ isn’t the only way someone approaches life.
With mental health becoming more of a theme in contemporary fiction, novels like AMCO show that the quirky and oddballs that we often dismiss have fascinating stories to share about their lives.
A Man Called Ove is a good read if you’re looking for something a little different, and I guess in its own way it is memorable and has it’s own take away like any good novel should have.