Ove is a wonderful character. He is a grumpy old man and utterly set in his ways. As the story progresses we are provided glimpses of Ove’s past and the events that shaped him into the man he became. Beneath Ove’s toughened exterior is a story of heartbreak, disappointment, and tragedy. Never before has a character been kicked down – and then kicked while he’s down – so many times in one story.
Ove is convinced life holds little value and is determined to end it but, as he inadvertently collects strays – in the form of a ragged cat and a cast of diverse neighbours – he is forced to repeatedly postpone his suicide to deal with others problems first.
Funny, sad, happy and ultimately uplifting, loved it.
Recommended by Jane