I think there are certain books that just read as movies. This is one of those books. It is a rather simple story of a man whose wife passed away and he was so fed up with living that he was determined to kill himself off. The book progresses in a way where his plan are thwarted by his irritating, albeit, well-meaning neighbors. He is changed mid-novel by his renewed sense of purpose.
In all honesty, it was a bit hard to get into the book at first. It seemed a bit predictable in nature and I was not sure I was interested in the ride that it was taking me on. But, about half way through, when I felt a bit more connected to the characters, I started to care about Ove. The second half of the book dealt a few welcomed surprises and the ending was so perfect that I gave it 4 stars on my Goodreads rating. (I leave 5 stars for books where I’m totally blown away).
As I was getting ready to write this review, I did a search and saw that there actually is a movie out based on the book! The trailer is so true to the story and I love seeing a visual of the characters and the neighborhood described in the book.
Here is the trailer. Enjoy.
Can I admit one, little embarrassing fact? I read it as if it were written in English. I knew it did not take place in the U.S., but I did not have it in my head that these characters were not speaking English. Oops. After seeing the trailer, it makes me appreciate the book even more as an independent, character-driven movie and novel.
Have you read it yet? What did you think?
PS – Interested in reading what I’m reading? I’ve just started The Orchid House.