A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]

How I Read It: Ebook

Dates Read: 4/26/19-4/27/19

This book focuses on the topic of suicide and the grieving process. Specifically, this book lists multiple ways to commit suicide, so if that is a trigger for you, read at your own risk. With that being said, I truly think this book is so incredibly important and here’s why:

This book aptly follows a man called Ove, who is a very crotchety man with quite a few opinions. Following the death of his wife and a lay-off at work, Ove no longer has anything tying himself to this Earth. In the process of trying to commit suicide, something goes wrong that he has to fix. This pattern repeats itself, causing Ove to go outside of himself and farther into his neighbor’s lives.

I love this book purely because it says “hey, you could commit suicide, but there are people here that really need you to stick around”. And listen, this guy was completely alone. His wife is dead, he lost his job, and all of his constants in his life are there, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t serve a purpose. I love the positive message this book imposes despite the morbid backbone.

This book is also a really good example of why I love Fredrik Backman. He has this tendency to be able to talk about some of the worst things in today’s society while still managing to make it funny and/or childlike (I will go more in depth with this on Saturday). It amazes me how much I laughed in a book about suicide.

With all that being said, if you or someone you know are considering suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org to talk to someone who can help you.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas on this book or the blog in general, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

(P.S. There is a Swedish adaptation of this movie which is free on Amazon Prime. There is supposedly an English adaptation starring Tom Hanks in the works, but I have yet to see any dates as to when that movie can be expected.)

(P.P.S. I watched the Swedish adaptation last night. It matched the book so incredibly well, while also being incredibly smart about their planning. I highly recommend you watch it if you don’t want to read the book (although why wouldn’t you?))

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