“People said Ove saw the world in black and white. But she was color. All the color he had.”
I absolutely adored this book. It’s hilarious, especially with Ove’s reactions and thoughts towards his neighbors and people in general. There is a bit of dark humor in this novel, which I will warn about because there are attempts of suicide and notes of depression.
The stories that are told within Ove’s life are told wonderfully. I love his adoration and hostility for his older neighbor. They’ve gone back and forth in competition for years, but they’ve kept this odd relationship all throughout, and I love that Ove was more than willing to help Rune stay at his home when the people tried to put him in a home.
The back story behind Ove’s life growing up was interesting to read, he, however, didn’t exactly have the best life after his father had passed, but he made the most of it because he’d do whatever to make the things in his life constant, like his house growing up.
“She just smiled, said that she loved books more than anything, and started telling him excitedly what each of the ones in her lap was about. And Ove realized that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life.”
I loved the story him and Sonja had, as they fell in love and were married. I like how the book brought up memories at different times, and not give the full explanations of their life together.
When Ove’s new neighbors come about and move in, Ove wants nothing to do with them but they are more welcoming than he wants. Unexpectedly, they creep into his life, and although he says he doesn’t want them bugging him all the time, he actually appreciates it. I think these new neighbors also shape him into a happier version of himself because this book doesn’t exactly go into detail but Ove’s depressed over his wife’s death and wants to be with her again.
I will say that at times, more so getting into the book there is information I felt was exactly needed, so I dragged through some of those rough parts, and maybe a little all throughout it, but in general, it was a pretty fast-paced novel.
Overall, this was such a light-hearted, hilarious read from beginning to end. I think this is one of my top favorite reads. I think this book captures the true essence of the stereotypical grumpy old man wonderfully.
“This was a world where one became outdated before one’s time was up. An entire country standing up and applauding the fact that no one was capable of doing anything properly anymore. The unreserved celebration of mediocrity.”