We feature lots of exciting adventures here on Year of the Yes; all in the name of pushing ourselves to say yes more. But sometimes we say yes to something much more simple, but just as rewarding. Like trying a new recipe, or picking up a new book.
Those that have been following the yes revolution for a while now, will know that the book club that we joined 18 months ago remains one of our Favourite. Ever. Yeses.
A high accolade indeed. But we love discovering news reads, and sharing them with friends. Talking about a book really brings it to life. And it is a fabulously social activity. (I recently blogged about setting up a book club over on BLoved, so head on over here if you are interested in starting your own).
So for you today we have a bit of virtual book chat. Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove.
Here’s the summary from the blurb to whet your appetite.
Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – joggers, neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly and shop assistants who talk in code.
But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible.
As you might expect, it is Ove himself that is the star of this show. He might be grumpy but he is also adorable. One of the things that Backman excels at is creating lovable, complex characters that you take to your heart and want to know more about. Ove is a prime example of exactly that.
The character that sprung to mind for me while reading, was Robert DeNiro’s character in Meet the Fockers. Ove certainly has that edge, and wit, but when you strip that back you have in essence a caring soul whose family is at his heart. You find that behind behind his grumpy exterior is a story of love and loss, and the reawakening of a true character.
You will find yourself laughing, and crying in equal measures as you follow Ove’s misadventures, and by the end you won’t want to leave him.
We read Backman’s second book My Grandmother sends her regards and apologies in real-life book club. And although I enjoyed the familiar style that absorbed me into another world and made me smile, it really is A Man Called Ove where Backman’s easy-to-read style shines through.
If you need a book to get lost in over the Christmas break, you can’t go wrong with this little gem. You certainly won’t forget Ove in a hurry.
Make this your YES!
A Man Called Ove is available on Amazon