Monday, November 14, 2016

A Man Called Ove - #TeaserTuesday and First Paragraph / First Chapter / Tuesday Intros

Ove is one of the most fascinating characters I've read about in a long time. He's not likable, and I'm pretty sure I'd avoid him if he were my neighbor. But ... sometimes there's more to a person than what we see on the surface.
This is a 5-star book that I highly recommend.

First Paragraph:
Ove is fifty-nine.
     He drives a Saab. He's the kind of man who points at people he doesn't like the look of, as if they were burglars and his forefinger a policeman's flashlight. He stands at the counter of a shop where owners of Japanese cars come to purchase white cables. Ove eyes the sales assistant for a long time before shaking a medium-sized white box at him.
     "So this is one of those O-Pads, is it?" he demands.

Teaser from 36% on my Kindle:
She talked as if she were continuously on the verge of breaking into giggles. And when she giggled she sounded the way Ove imagined champagne bubbles would have sounded if they were capable of laughter.

Genre: Literary / Humorous
Book Length: 352 Pages
Amazon Link: A Man Called Ove

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn of Books and A Beat. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you're reading. No spoilers, please!

First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you're reading or thinking about reading soon.

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Cleo Bannister said...

I've heard many good things about The Book of Ove Sandra, and yes, I like the opening and the teaser so I'd be interested in reading on. I do like character that have far more to them than you'd imagine - and a feel-good book is never a bad thing.

Margot said...

I own this book but haven't read it yet. I like the first paragraph as well as the teaser you chose. I really need to get to reading this!

Emma Littlefield said...

I enjoyed The Unlikely Pilgrimage so this might be one for me...

diane said...

This was a sweet story; enjoy.

JoAnn said...

Everyone seems to love this book... and yet it still unread on my kindle. I WILL read this in 2017!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I definitely loved this book, and Ove was someone who might make me gasp a little, if he were a neighbor. He took warming up to, but then I was rooting for him.

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Enjoy!

Beth F said...

I too haven't read this ... hope to get to it soon.

Laura Thomas said...

What a delightful teaser. Made me smile.

You have me curious about Ove now. I think we've all come across someone like him.

My TT from One

Kathy Martin said...

This doesn't sound like my kind of book but I hope you enjoy it. This week my teaser comes from Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts. Happy reading!

Paulita said...

Wow. Sounds like you loved this one. High praise indeed. Here's Mine

Anonymous said...

Wow I love that teaser! I've heard nothing but great things about A Man Called Ove (and the author in general), and I'm definitely going to try and read it this month.

Happy reading! Here's my teaser of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Anonymous said...

I haven't come across this one before - but I certainly would continue reading. It sounds like it would be one to dive into when I need a break from my usual reading fare.

The Candid Cover: YA Book Blogger said...

This sounds like quite a fun book to read! I love how wonderful your teaser makes her laugh sound. I always enjoy humorous books and I really need to add a few more to my TBR. Happy reading! :)

Peggy Ann said...

Yes, yes, yes! I have read it and all this author's other books. LOVED it!

Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads said...

I've heard such great things about this book. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
Thanks for stopping by my TT!

Eustacia Tan said...

I've heard so many good things about this! It sounds really good!

Silvia Paoletta said...

I didn't know about this title, but glad you found it so good!
Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog earlier :)