A Man Called Ove

Anders Character Analysis

Anders is Ove's neighbor across the street who owns a towing company. He drives an Audi and dates a woman that Ove refers to as the Blond Weed. These factors lead Ove to ridicule him and refer to him as "the fop Anders." Later, he earns Ove's seal of approval by towing the man in the white shirt's Škoda. He breaks up with Blond Weed and begins a relationship with Lena.

Anders Quotes in A Man Called Ove

The A Man Called Ove quotes below are all either spoken by Anders or refer to Anders. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Washington Square Press edition of A Man Called Ove published in 2015.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Because nowadays people are all thirty-one and wear too-tight trousers and no longer drink normal coffee. And don't want to take responsibility. A shed-load of men with elaborate beards, changing jobs and changing wives and changing their car makes. Just like that. Whenever they feel like it.

Related Characters: Ove, Anders
Page Number: 11
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Anders Character Timeline in A Man Called Ove

The timeline below shows where the character Anders appears in A Man Called Ove. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. (Three Weeks Earlier) A Man Called Ove Makes His Neighborhood Inspection
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...to turn out like this. Ove stands in his living room and watches his neighbor, Anders, jog outside. Anders drives an Audi and bought his house with a loan, and Ove... (full context)
15. A Man Called Ove and a Delayed Train
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...Services and soon both Ove and Rune will be placed in homes. Weed gets into Anders' Audi and Ove wants to destroy the car, but he suddenly feels out of breath.... (full context)
34. A Man Called Ove and a Boy in the House Next Door
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...plan. Patrick hobbled out the door and came back again a few minutes later with Anders and Jimmy. Anders hesitantly explained that he owns a towing company and also that he... (full context)
35. A Man Called Ove and Social Incompetence
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...spent the last few nights in Patrick and Parvaneh's kitchen with Jimmy, Mirsad, Adrian, and Anders, formulating a plan to help Rune. After a few nights, Ove made a phone call. (full context)
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...and he asks who's going to take care of him, and Ove, Parvaneh, Patrick, Jimmy, Anders, and Adrian appear behind her and say that they will. The man looks suspicious. Lena... (full context)
37. A Man Called Ove and a Lot of Bastards Sticking Their Noses In
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...and looked just as grumpy when he saw the paper. Lena giggled that she and Anders were going skating, and Ove closed the door on her. He cleaned up junk mail... (full context)
39. A Man Called Ove
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...let Parvaneh follow Ove's stretcher into the operating room and it takes Patrick, Jimmy, Mirsad, Anders, Adrian, and four nurses to keep her from following. She overturns benches and screams at... (full context)
A Man Called Ove and an Epilogue
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...cell phone with a camera, preferring physical photos instead. By fall, Lena moves in with Anders and Ove backs their moving van in for them. The next spring, Ove shows Sonja... (full context)