Book: A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
Moving and humorous, poignant and soothing, well worth reflecting upon and also a palette cleanser, loved every aspect of this book. I highly recommend the audiobook as the reader's timbre and pace animate each and every character, most especially Ove.
“Her laughter catches him off guard. As if it’s carbonated and someone has poured it too fast and it’s bubbling over in all directions…It’s an untidy, mischievous laugh that refuses to go along with rules and prescriptions.” page 60
“She laughed and laughed and laughed until the vowels were rolling across the walls and floors, as if they meant to do away with the laws of time and space.” page 203
“…she starts to laugh. First it’s more like a cough, then as if she’s holding back a sneeze, and before long it’s a long, sustained, raucous bout of giggling.” page 328
Where and why does laughter enter your life? When does laughter uplift? When does it soothe? How would you describe laughter?
“You miss the strangest things when you lose someone. Little things. Smiles. The way she turned over in her sleep. Even repainting a room for her.” page 56
“Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it’s often one of the greatest motivations for living. Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder, more obstinately, with more fury. Some need its constant presence to even be aware of its antithesis. Others become so preoccupied with it that they go into the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival.” page 325
“Well, fear of dying is crucial in all of my writing, it seems, and I really don't know why. I just end up at that question over and over: How do you live a life?”How do you view death? Does it linger in the periphery? Is it out of mind? Are you in the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival?
“People said Ove saw the world in black and white. But she was color. All the color he had.” page 45
Who We Are
“Had Ove been the sort of man who contemplated how one became the sort of man one was, he might have said that this was the day he learned that right has to be right.” page 44
“‘All people want to live dignified lives; dignity just means something different to different people,’ Sonja had said.” Page 274