In April, I will be traveling to Sweden. I was recommended A Man Called Ove and when I found out that it is set in the country, I knew I had to read it. I am so glad I did!
What A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is about:
This book is the story of Ove and his relationships. His history is told through flashbacks and the story moves deftly through the present and the past.
Why I loved it:
This book is a perfect lesson on the adage that you can’t understand someone unless you walk a day in their shoes. I think it is easy to quickly judge people for many things like being mean or curt. We may not realize the havoc that today or life has played on them. Although you won’t imagine it from the beginning, Ove is a character you will fall in love with and, hopefully, you can take that with you into life for other people.
Where it will inspire you to travel:
My books to be read list is very long- a few pages. This book moved right to my front because I am in the middle of planning a trip to Sweden. This book is set in Sweden, but really is irrelevant to the story. I am going to Sweden to pick up a Volvo. Ove wouldn’t love me for that, he would rather I go get a Saab. But in the end we may still be friends. Especially since I have a cat…. But I digress.
The other books I have read in set in Sweden and loved is the Stieg Larsson’s trilogy that begins with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This thriller will keep you interested in spite of the originally daunting list of characters. This series will not leave you with a positive view of the world as A Man Called Ove, but is a very worthwhile series to read. What the books do have in common are main characters that are wounded and black and white thinkers. It will be interesting to see how that relates to the area when I visit. Have you been to Scandinavia? Do you have any thoughts on how these books relate to the settings? Do you have any books you love set in Sweden, Norway or Denmark? I would love to hear in the comments.
Check out my other books that inspire wanderlust.