Men are what they are because of what they do. Not what they say.
I did not expect to like this at all as it definitely did not sound like my type of book - a story about a grumpy old man that mutters all the time? But I LOVED it - I loved Ove and all the other characters. I laughed and cried, and could not put the book down. A bit soppy? Probably, but so worth the rush of feel good hormones it causes. Grab this quick easy read if you've not done so yet. Sonja I'm glad you kept on reminding me about this one.
The Story: At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. 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...
Tania's review Dec 25), 15.