Karl Ove Knausgard is Norwegian :/
I also really liked A Man Called Ove. I'm a naturally extremely mushy person so it pushed all my buttons. Some found it twee or too 'charming' but sometimes you're in the mood for that.
Also, Knaussie is *very* Norwegian, Book 2 is his hate-letter to Sweden :)
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonas son is well worth a look
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry is a much better book in my opinion. I liked Ove but I loved Grandmother.
It's one of the best novels I've read in the past year! I also recommend **Britt-Marie Was Here** by the same author. A mix of sweet, funny, and moving.
It's one of my all time favourites! I would definitively recommend Beartown as well. It's about how sports affects small towns and it is much more about the people and the culture rather than hockey.
That book is the exact artistic midpoint between UP and Gran Torino.
I occasionally throw a random book into my reading, the fates threw this one into my queue. I'm also prejudiced against mainstream/popular fiction so random reads is the only way to force open my horizons.
I started the book with an eyerolling sigh as the character is introduced as a 59 yo grumpy-ass man going through a daily routine. My "ugh" meter was off the chart. But I was listening to the Audiobook and my commute had me locked into the first hour, and really, I could give the book an hour to show its faults.
The longer it played the more wonderful it became. I write a bit on the side and it became startlingly clear that this was 95% character 5% plot driven. And what a character! Everyone knows a silent type and putting them to page is rarely successful in a show-don't-tell manner. But this book really got it.
In the end, I rode the rollercoaster. I went from "ick" to "hmm" to "wow" and had to give it a 5/5 for surpassing my prejudgements with excellent execution.
Karl Ove Knaugård is Norwegian, but as a Norwegian myself I don’t mind Sweden taking the ~~blame~~ credit.
I can't believe I never realized the movie was based off the book... Truly wonderful movie though, one of the best I've seen in years. Now curious to find the book!
I just finished that book around Christmas time! I cried at the ending; it was heartbreaking and beautiful
I've read all of Backman's books and novellas. I'm a sucker for his brand of emotional manipulation. Ove and Beartown are his best, imo.
This was such an enjoyable read, really nice human story and the pacing makes it really enjoyable to read. Also thought the film was very well done.
My Grandmother asked you to tell you I'm sorry, by the same author is also incredible, defo recommend.
I highly recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It's quite a bit darker, but beautiful and stunningly real.
I guess I’m the only one to disagree, but I hated all three of his books: Ove, Grandmother, and Britt-Marie. To be honest I don’t know why I continued reading all three, because I could tell from the beginning it was too much for me. It’s so simple, and the characters are so annoying, and the plot of each one was so stupid. Didn’t anyone else dislike these?
I know this is r/books, but wanted to drop in to say the movie is great
My Grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry by the same author is more amazing. In fact Backman just writes amazing books in general. My the grandmother one is my favorite. You should give the 100 Year Old Man who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared, a shot. It's pretty awesome too.
Just finished Ove myself. Loved every moment of it. Read it with the wife during the evenings. Its been a great journey. I picked up Grandmother and was warned its not quite the same and I may be disappointed.
Please allow me to reintroduce myself... my name is OVE!
It was my favorite book the year it released, but I've been putting off watching the movie since they almost always disappoint. I guess I'll give it a go. Is that true about an American version? Boooooo
I watched the movie with my mother after she'd finished the book. We were all alone in the cinema, so we could laugh and cry as loud as we wanted. One of the best times we've ever shared together tbh 😄
His 2017 book, Beartown, was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
i read it as part of a book club a couple of months ago. thought it was okay but lost a lot of steam halfway through, when you got the full backstory of ove worked out
the rest of it was just treading water, with the author going like, 'hmm, what's another sneaky nice thing that ove can do?! oh, i know, how about...' etc etc.
anyway it could've been a lot shorter