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''A Man Called Ove'' is the bestselling debut novel of Swedish author Fredrik Backman. It tells the story of Ove (pronounced "Ooo-veh"), curmudgeon and neighborhood wet blanket, who wants nothing more than for things to be the way they always have been, for people to follow simple rules and to be with his wife. He is unwavering in his belief that the only type of car worth driving is a Saab, he has no understanding for young people today who do not even know how to brew a normal cup of coffee and even though he was removed from his position as chairman of the Residents' Association years ago (an event Ove himself only remembers as "the coup d'etat") he still makes his daily rounds to make sure nobody is parked in the wrong place and that the garbage is put in the right bin.

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''A Man Called Ove'' is the bestselling debut novel of Swedish author Fredrik Backman. It tells the story of Ove (pronounced "Ooo-veh"), "Oo-veh"), curmudgeon and neighborhood wet blanket, who wants nothing more than for things to be the way they always have been, for people to follow simple rules and to be with his wife. He is unwavering in his belief that the only type of car worth driving is a Saab, he has no understanding for young people today who do not even know how to brew a normal cup of coffee and even though he was removed from his position as chairman of the Residents' Association years ago (an event Ove himself only remembers as "the coup d'etat") he still makes his daily rounds to make sure nobody is parked in the wrong place and that the garbage is put in the right bin.


* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Ove is presented for the audience trying to by an 'Ajjpadd' from a suffering retail worker, clearly establishing both his distrust of the modern world and his aggressive way of dealing with it.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Ove is presented for the audience trying to by buy an 'Ajjpadd' from a suffering retail worker, clearly establishing both his distrust of the modern world and his aggressive way of dealing with it.


* ABoyAndHisX: A man and his cat, regardless of all Ove's protest to the contrary. True to form, what really sells him on the cat is one of the neighbours complaining about it.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Ove is presented for the audience trying to by an 'Ajjpadd' from a suffering retail worker, clearly establishing both his distrust of the modern world and his aggressive way of dealing with it.
** Parvaneh is presented joining Ove in yelling at Patrik for demolishing his mailbox, and soon shifts to yell at Ove for his attitude, establishing her no nonsense attitude.


* DaddysGirl: Sonja.

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* DaddysGirl: Sonja.[[DaddysGirl Daddy's Girl/Boy]]: Both Sonja and Ove.

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* UnflinchingWalk: When Ove changes his mind about suicide by train (in empathy with the driver) he steps off the track in the last minute 'as calmly as if he was getting up to get a cup of coffee'.


* PowerFantasy: For grumpy old men. Ove feels he has no place in the world any longer. In the end he [[spoiler: has rallied the neighbourhood around him in the name of 'the proper way of doing things', saved an old friend from a hated 'whiteshirt' and thereby gained his revenge for all the times they wronged him, gained a new family including the grand children he never got to have (one of them following in his footsteps with an interest in architecture), honoured his wife's legacy by helping her students even after she is gone, made himself respected by all his neighbours for his practical abilities, and when he finally dies he is immediately missed because his lack of inspection rounds are noticed, and more than three hundred people attend his funeral, all professing how much he meant for them. In the very last paragraph of the book, a younger curmudgeon moves into his old house and is noticed to drive a Saab, thereby carrying Ove's legacy. Oh, and Ove also is revealed to be rich, due to his and his father-in-law's fiscal responsibility.]]

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* PowerFantasy: For grumpy old men. Ove feels he has no place in the world any longer. In the end he [[spoiler: has rallied the neighbourhood around him in the name of 'the proper way of doing things', saved an old friend from a hated 'whiteshirt' and thereby gained his revenge for all the times they wronged him, scared the crap out of a disrespectful muscular young man with neck tattoos, gained a new family including the grand children he never got to have (one of them following in his footsteps with an interest in architecture), honoured his wife's legacy by helping her students even after she is gone, her death, made himself respected by all his neighbours for his practical abilities, and when he finally dies he is immediately missed because his lack of inspection rounds are noticed, and more than three hundred people attend his funeral, all professing how much he meant for them. In the very last paragraph of the book, a younger curmudgeon moves into his old house and is noticed revealed to drive a Saab, thereby carrying Ove's legacy. Oh, and Ove also is revealed to be rich, due to his and his father-in-law's fiscal responsibility.]]

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* BadassGrandpa: The men honking at Parvaneh during a stressful moment realised this a bit too late. Everyone else on the street decided right then and there to NOT get on the wrong side of the old man without tattoos pressing the muscular young man with tattoos against a car.

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* ChekhovsSkill: Low key example. Ove's first act of displaying his practical abilities is to manoeuvre Patrik's car with a trailer. Later he weaponises this ability against the whiteshirt.

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* ThePollyanna: Sonja never displays any hint of anger, and even when she grieves she has an optimistic undertone.

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* IntrepidReporter: Weaponised.

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* PowerFantasy: For grumpy old men. Ove feels he has no place in the world any longer. In the end he [[spoiler: has rallied the neighbourhood around him in the name of 'the proper way of doing things', saved an old friend from a hated 'whiteshirt' and thereby gained his revenge for all the times they wronged him, gained a new family including the grand children he never got to have (one of them following in his footsteps with an interest in architecture), honoured his wife's legacy by helping her students even after she is gone, made himself respected by all his neighbours for his practical abilities, and when he finally dies he is immediately missed because his lack of inspection rounds are noticed, and more than three hundred people attend his funeral, all professing how much he meant for them. In the very last paragraph of the book, a younger curmudgeon moves into his old house and is noticed to drive a Saab, thereby carrying Ove's legacy. Oh, and Ove also is revealed to be rich, due to his and his father-in-law's fiscal responsibility.]]


* CoolCar: Anyone with even a passing interest in vintage Swedish cars will love this movie, as Ove's (and Rune's) life story is told by a cavalcade of progressively more modern Saab's (and Volvo's).

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* CoolCar: Anyone with even a passing interest in vintage Swedish cars will love this movie, as Ove's (and Rune's) life story is told by a cavalcade of progressively more modern Saab's Saabs (and Volvo's).Volvos).

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* CoolTrain: Likewise, Ove's job at the railway provides the filmmakers with ample opportunities to show off old train sets, which they make the most of.

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