A Man Called Ove

Ove Character Analysis

Ove is the 59-year-old protagonist of the novel. As a boy he lost his mother and then as a teenager, his father died. From his father Ove inherited a Saab, a rundown house, and a belief that doing the right thing is extremely important. He believes that men should do things—not just talk about them—and he distrusts the internet and people who work from home. He also believes that people should do things for themselves rather than use automated systems: for example, he believes that automatic cars aren't "real" cars and is troubled that computers are taking the place of people. Ove is incredibly loyal to his job, his wife, and his car brand. He drives nothing but Saabs over the entirety of his lifetime. As a young man, Ove decided that he liked houses because they were honest and fair. When men in white shirts prevented Ove from putting out the fire in his childhood home, it also began to instill a distrust of bureaucracy in Ove that follows him through the rest of his life. When he met Sonja, Ove set aside some of his principles for his relationship with her, particularly his derision for people who can't be on time. When Ove and Sonja were involved in a bus accident that paralyzed Sonja and caused her to miscarry, Ove became extremely angry that he had been unable to protect his wife and unborn child. He also engages in an ongoing feud with his neighbor, Rune, over everything from lawnmowers to heating systems to cars—but the feud is really about Ove's inability to forgive Rune for giving up on his family. When Sonja dies, six months before the novel starts, Ove is extremely lost, but he truly suffers when his boss at the housing office forces him to retire early. He feels like he's not useful for the first time in his life and sets about trying to commit suicide so he can join Sonja in the afterlife, though he worries she'll be disappointed that he's unemployed. When the cat and Parvaneh enter his life, Ove is faced with the undeniable fact that he is needed: Parvaneh needs rides to the hospital and someone to teach her to drive, and the cat needs protection from Blond Weed's dog. Despite Ove’s grouchy demeanor and the overwhelming sense of disappointment he feels about where his life has led, he proves himself to be an undeniably good-natured person. His inability to end his life in the face of a community that relies on him is a testament to his basic selflessness and the power of human connection.

Ove Quotes in A Man Called Ove

The A Man Called Ove quotes below are all either spoken by Ove or refer to Ove. 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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Chapter 2 Quotes

Every morning for the almost four decades they had lived in this house, Ove had put on the coffee percolator, using exactly the same amount of coffee as on any other morning, and then drank a cup with his wife.

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja
Related Symbols: Houses
Page Number: 5
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Ove didn't really care who was parked in the guest parking area, of course. But it was a question of principle. If it said twenty-four hours on the sign, that's how long you were allowed to stay.

Related Characters: Ove
Page Number: 7
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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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Chapter 4 Quotes

But Ove isn't bloody arguing. He just thinks right is right. Is that such an unreasonable attitude to life?

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja
Related Symbols: Color (Pink)
Page Number: 33
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Chapter 5 Quotes

And if you could just go and buy everything, what was the value of it? What was the value of a man?

Related Characters: Ove
Related Symbols: Houses
Page Number: 37
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He was a man of black and white.
And she was color. All the color he had.

Related Characters: Ove
Related Symbols: Color (Pink)
Page Number: 37
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"Engines give you what you deserve," he used to explain. "If you treat them with respect they'll give you freedom; if you behave like an ass they'll take it from you."

Related Characters: Ove's Father (speaker), Ove
Page Number: 37
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Since his father's death he had begun more and more to differentiate between people who did what they should, and those who didn't. People who did and people who just talked. Ove talked less and less and did more and more.

Related Characters: Ove, Ove's Father
Page Number: 73
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Chapter 10 Quotes

He'd discovered that he liked houses. Maybe mostly because they were understandable... Houses were fair, they gave you what you deserved. Which, unfortunately, was more than one could say about people.

Related Characters: Ove
Related Symbols: Houses
Page Number: 90
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Chapter 11 Quotes

Straight lines, even edges. People don't shovel snow that way anymore. Nowadays they just clear a way, they use snow blowers and all sorts of things. Any old method will do, scattering snow all over the place. As if that were the only thing that mattered in life: pushing one's way forward.

Related Characters: Ove
Page Number: 98
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It wasn't supposed to be like this. You work and pay off the mortgage and pay taxes and do what you should. You marry. For better or for worse until death do us part, wasn't that what they agreed? Ove remembers quite clearly that it was. And she wasn't supposed to be the first to die. Wasn't it bloody well understood that it was his death they were talking about? Well, wasn't it?

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja
Page Number: 103
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Chapter 13 Quotes

"And you can't let the girls freeze to death tonight, Ove, right? It's quite enough that they had to watch you assault a clown, no?"

Page Number: 127
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Chapter 14 Quotes

And now she stood outside the station with his flowers pressed happily to her breast, in that red cardigan of hers, making the rest of the world look as if it were made in grayscale.

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja
Related Symbols: Color (Pink)
Page Number: 133
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She wanted to get married, so Ove proposed. She wanted children, which was fine with him, said Ove. And their understanding was that children should live in row housing developments among other children.

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja
Related Symbols: Houses
Page Number: 136
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Chapter 17 Quotes

As if the kitchen had been built for a child. Parvaneh stares at them the way people always do when they see it for the first time. Ove has got used to it. He rebuilt the kitchen himself after the accident. The council refused to help, of course.

Related Symbols: Houses
Page Number: 163
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Chapter 23 Quotes

But everywhere, sooner or later, he was stopped by men in white shirts with strict, smug expressions on their faces. And one couldn't fight them. Not only did they have the state on their side, they were the state.

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja
Related Symbols: White Shirts
Page Number: 204
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Every human being needs to know what she's fighting for. That was what they said. And she fought for what was good. For the children she never had. And Ove fought for her.

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja
Page Number: 205
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Chapter 24 Quotes

When she says that last bit she points at a figure in the middle of the drawing. Everything else on the paper is drawn in black, but the figure in the middle is a veritable explosion of color. A riot of yellow and red and blue and green and orange and purple.
"You're the funniest thing she knows. That's why she always draws you in color," says Parvaneh.

Related Characters: Parvaneh / “The Foreign Pregnant Woman” (speaker), Ove, Nasanin
Related Symbols: Color (Pink)
Page Number: 212
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Both men, once as close as men of that sort could be, stare at each other. One of them a man who refuses to forget the past, and one who can't remember it at all.

Related Characters: Ove, Rune
Page Number: 218
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Chapter 28 Quotes

After the accident Ove bought a Saab 95 so he'd have space for Sonja's wheelchair. That same year Rune bought a Volvo 245 to have space for a stroller. Three years later Sonja got a more modern wheelchair and Ove bought a hatchback, a Saab 900. Rune bought a Volvo 265 because Anita had started talking about having another child.

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja, Rune, Anita
Related Symbols: Cars
Page Number: 245
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Rune and Anita's lad grew up and cleared out of home as soon as he got the chance. And Rune went and bought a sporty BMW, one of those cars that only has space for two people and a handbag. Because now it was only him and Anita, as he told Sonja when they met in the parking area. "And one can't drive a Volvo all of one's life," he said with an attempt at a halfhearted smile. She could hear that he was trying to swallow his tears. And that was the moment when Ove realized that a part of Rune had given up forever.

Related Characters: Rune (speaker), Ove, Sonja
Related Symbols: Cars
Page Number: 246
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Chapter 32 Quotes

When he almost imperceptibly takes a half step backwards into the hall...he notices, from the corner of his eye, the photo of Sonja on the wall. The red dress. The bus trip to Spain when she was pregnant. He asked her so many times to take that bloody photo down, but she refused. She said it was "a memory worth as much as any other."

Page Number: 280
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Chapter 33 Quotes

He thinks about how Sonja would have taken it if she'd found out. If she'd known that her best friend had not asked for her help because Sonja had "enough problems." She would have been heartbroken.

Related Characters: Ove, Sonja, Jimmy, Rune, Anita
Page Number: 287
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Chapter 39 Quotes

"They can call me whatever they like. No need for you to stick your bloody nose in."
And then he puts up the drawings one by one on the fridge. The one that says "To Granddad" gets the top spot.

Page Number: 330
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Ove Character Timeline in A Man Called Ove

The timeline below shows where the character Ove appears in A Man Called Ove. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. A Man Called Ove Buys a Computer That is Not a Computer
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The narrator introduces Ove: he's 59 and drives a Saab. He's in an Apple store, holding a box and... (full context)
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Ove continues to inspect the iPad and asks where the keyboard pulls out. The clerk nervously... (full context)
2. (Three Weeks Earlier) A Man Called Ove Makes His Neighborhood Inspection
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Ove and the cat meet each other at 5:55am and immediately dislike each other. Just as... (full context)
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Ove inspects the sign saying that cars aren't allowed in the residential area by kicking it.... (full context)
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Ove inspects the bike shed and puts an improperly parked bicycle into the shed. Then he... (full context)
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The narrator says that life wasn't supposed to turn out like this. Ove stands in his living room and watches his neighbor, Anders, jog outside. Anders drives an... (full context)
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Ove looks at the house opposite his, where a family with children is moving in. He... (full context)
3. A Man Called Ove Backs Up With a Trailer
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Ove looks out his window and sees a short foreign woman gesturing furiously at a very... (full context)
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The woman's husband, whom Ove deems the Lanky One, gets out of the car and his wife, the Foreign Pregnant... (full context)
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The Lanky One backs the trailer over Ove's mailbox. Ove storms to the door of the car and yells at the Lanky One... (full context)
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...Woman grumbles that the Lanky One shouldn't be allowed to rewind a cassette, and thanks Ove. Ove reminds them that they can't drive in the residential area. As he heads back... (full context)
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Ove goes into his house muttering about his new neighbors. He stares at his living room... (full context)
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Ove puts the container in the fridge and returns to his living room. He realizes that... (full context)
4. A Man Called Ove Does Not Pay a Three-Kroner Surcharge
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Ove gives his wife (whose name is later revealed to be Sonja) two plants, even though... (full context)
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Ove considers telling Sonja about the cat, which continues to stick around. Ove is wearing his... (full context)
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It usually takes Ove 14 minutes to reach the florist's, but today a black Mercedes tailgates Ove's Saab. Ove... (full context)
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When Ove approaches the shopping center, he notes the two available parking spaces and wonders why everyone... (full context)
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Ove sees the Mercedes enter the shopping center parking lot, and the two cars begin racing... (full context)
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Ove enters the florist's with a coupon and spends 15 minutes arguing with the manager that... (full context)
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Because of this, Ove now stands in front of Sonja with two plants and explains to her that he... (full context)
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None of Sonja's friends understood why she married Ove. They called him antisocial and bitter and complained that he didn't see the point in... (full context)
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The narrator says that Ove is a man in black and white, while Sonja was color. Before meeting her, the... (full context)
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After Ove's mother died, Ove and his father didn't speak much except for about engines. Ove's father... (full context)
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On Saturdays, Ove's father would teach Ove how to work on the Saab, and on Sundays they went... (full context)
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Ove quietly said that they should take the wallet to the lost property office. Ove's father... (full context)
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When Ove was 16, his father died and Ove stopped being happy. Ove made it clear to... (full context)
6. A Man Called Ove and a Bicycle That Should Have Been Left Where Bicycles Are Left
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The narrator says that Ove just wants to die in peace. He didn't kill himself right after Sonja died because... (full context)
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Ove gets out of his Saab, locks the garage door, and heads back to his house.... (full context)
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Ove and the youth glare at each other and Ove notices another teenager with "black stuff"... (full context)
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As Ove stomps back to his house he thinks about all his horrible neighbors. He remembers that... (full context)
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When Ove gets close to his house, he notices that “Blond Weed” is yelling violently and throwing... (full context)
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On his way to his shed Ove notices a puddle of urine from the dog. Ove gets out his drill and drill... (full context)
7. A Man Called Ove Drills A Hole For A Hook
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Ove puts on his best pants and shirt and covers his floor with a sheet of... (full context)
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Ove flings the door open to find the Lanky One and the Pregnant Foreign Woman on... (full context)
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Parvaneh asks Ove if he's always this unfriendly, to which Ove replies that he's not unfriendly. He asks... (full context)
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Patrick asks Ove what he's doing, and Ove scathingly replies that he's drilling. Parvaneh rolls her eyes and... (full context)
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Ove raises his eyebrows and Patrick says they need a ladder and an "Eileen key." Ove... (full context)
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Ove turns his attention to Anita, who he thinks has gotten exceptionally old since he last... (full context)
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Ove suggests that Anita should've thought about needing help like this when she staged the coup... (full context)
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Patrick steals a glance through Ove's open front door and notices marks on Ove's floor. He asks if Ove cycles inside.... (full context)
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Ove sits down on his stool. His heart is thumping too hard and he struggles to... (full context)
8. A Man Called Ove and a Pair of His Father's Old Footprints
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Ove became an orphan at the age of sixteen. After his first two weeks working on... (full context)
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Two years after Ove's father died, Ove and Tom were the only ones present when money disappeared out of... (full context)
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Throughout the afternoon, two young men who worked with Tom accused Ove. The next morning, the foreman fired Ove. Tom hissed "thief" at Ove as he walked... (full context)
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Ove left the director's office. As he reached the front door, a woman from the office... (full context)
9. A Man Called Ove Bleeds a Radiator
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The narrator notes that the brain functions faster while it's falling. Because of this, after Ove kicked his stool, he had a lot of time to think about radiators. The narrator... (full context)
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Ove and Rune had developed the Residents' Association. Ove was the chairman and Rune was the... (full context)
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Rune bought his BMW long after that and Ove thought he was an idiot for doing so. Sonja only rolled her eyes at Ove... (full context)
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Ove falls and hits the ground. He swears when he realizes that his rope broke, which... (full context)
10. A Man Who Was Ove and a House That Ove Built
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After Ove turned 18, he passed his driving test, sold his father's Saab, and bought a marginally... (full context)
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Ove got a job at a construction site. He worked construction during the day and as... (full context)
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Ove avoided his neighbors, all of whom disliked him greatly. Ove met the elderly old man... (full context)
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One Sunday, a man in a suit appeared at Ove's gate and asked Ove for water. Ove gave him some and they ended up sitting... (full context)
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Ove tried to avoid his neighbors, but several weeks after finishing his house one of the... (full context)
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When Ove reached his porch, he realized it was his elderly neighbor's house burning, not his own.... (full context)
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By that time, the fire department had arrived and the fire had reached Ove's house. When Ove ran to put out the fire, a man in a white shirt... (full context)
11. A Man Called Ove and a Lanky One Who Can't Open a Window Without Falling Off a Ladder
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When Ove leaves his house for his inspection the next morning, the ground is covered in snow.... (full context)
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The cat is back when Ove comes out of his shed. Ove notices that it has more bald patches than fur... (full context)
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Ove fetches a plastic tube out of his shed and heads towards his garage. A white... (full context)
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Ove angrily walks to where the Škoda was parked in front of Rune and Anita's house.... (full context)
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Blond Weed stands in the street while her dog barks. Ove doesn't like the satisfied grin on her face. Patrick calls out a greeting to Ove.... (full context)
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Ove enters his garage and studies his Saab. He looks over his shoulder and hopes that... (full context)
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The banging persists, and finally Ove yells, gets out of his car, and opens the door hard into Parvaneh's face. She's... (full context)
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Parvaneh jumps on Ove's discomfort and insists that he drive her and the children to the hospital. She walks... (full context)
12. A Man Who Was Ove and One Day He Had Enough
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Ove never understood why Sonja chose him. She liked abstract things, while Ove liked things he... (full context)
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The night after the house fire, Ove slept in his car. Two days later, two men in white shirts showed up. They... (full context)
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The next morning, Ove passed Tom in the hallway at work. Tom loudly called Ove a thief. Ove ignored... (full context)
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Ove quit his job at the construction site. His coworkers gifted him a toolbox with new... (full context)
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When Ove returned to his night cleaning job on the railway, he got quieter and quieter. Ove's... (full context)
13. A Man Called Ove and a Clown Called Beppo
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Nasanin is delighted by Ove. The seven-year-old is less delighted as she leads her sister up the hospital steps. Parvaneh... (full context)
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Ove studies the signs in the hospital entrance explaining the out-of-service elevators and that Beppo the... (full context)
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Parvaneh tells her daughters to sit with Ove while she goes to see Patrick. She disappears before Ove can argue. Nasanin happily screams... (full context)
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Ove begins to unenthusiastically read a story about a train. The seven-year-old explains that he has... (full context)
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Several minutes later, Parvaneh returns and a nurse directs her to Ove and the girls. Ove sits angrily on a bench with a child on each side... (full context)
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When Ove, Parvaneh, Nasanin, and the seven-year-old make it back to Ove's garage, Parvaneh offers to pay... (full context)
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Ove decides that Sonja would be very upset if he let the girls freeze. He closes... (full context)
14. A Man Who Was Ove and a Woman On A Train
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When Ove first saw Sonja, he'd just finished his cleaning shift and was supposed to take the... (full context)
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...be a teacher and made an hour and a half journey each way to school. Ove made the journey with her that day, which was in the wrong direction for him.... (full context)
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On Saturday, Ove put on his father's suit. This attracted the attention of his landlady. As Ove was... (full context)
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Ove had eaten before the date so that Sonja could order whatever she wanted and he... (full context)
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Sonja asked Ove what he wanted to do with his life, and he answered that he wanted to... (full context)
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Ove got a job at a housing office and worked there for more than 30 years.... (full context)
15. A Man Called Ove and a Delayed Train
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Ove is at the train station, arguing with a man covered in tattoos about whether or... (full context)
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Ove had prepared his house for his death and not noticed the cat-shaped hole in the... (full context)
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As Ove stands on the train platform, he studies the other people. There are youths with backpacks... (full context)
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The train will arrive in one minute. Ove stands at the edge of the platform and thinks that he doesn't like the symbolism... (full context)
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Ove meets the driver's eyes again as the train stops. The driver looks horrified. Ove thinks... (full context)
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As Ove walks by the bicycle shed, he sees the white Škoda. In addition to the man... (full context)
16. A Man Who Was Ove and a Truck In the Forest
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Before meeting Ove, Sonja had only ever truly loved three things: her father, books, and cats. She'd had... (full context)
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Ove only met Sonja's father a handful of times. Her mother died in childbirth and he... (full context)
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When Sonja brought Ove to meet her father for the first time, they sat silently for an hour while... (full context)
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...father always drove Scania trucks and felt quite betrayed when Scania merged with Saab, while Ove had suddenly become very interested in Scania vehicles after the merger. Ove asked if the... (full context)
17. A Man Called Ove and a Cat Annoyance in a Snowdrift
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As Ove regards the cat in the snowdrift, Parvaneh rushes towards him, asking in a terrified voice... (full context)
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Parvaneh strides into Ove's house with the dripping cat and orders Ove to find her blankets. She tells him... (full context)
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Ove argues with Parvaneh about the cat's outlook as Jimmy takes off his shirt and cuddles... (full context)
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Parvaneh goes into the kitchen to heat water. Ove follows after her and finds her standing still and looking overwhelmed at the sight of... (full context)
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Jimmy calls to Ove and asks for some food. Ove brings Jimmy a sandwich and they remark that the... (full context)
18. A Man Who Was Ove and a Cat Called Ernest
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Ove didn't like cats in general because he felt them untrustworthy, but he and Ernest had... (full context)
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Nobody believed it was an accident: everyone who had met Ernest knew that was impossible. Ove and Sonja drove Ernest to the vet, where he died. Sonja leaned against Ove in... (full context)
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Ove and Sonja buried Ernest by the lake and then drove back to the town. Sonja... (full context)
19. A Man Called Ove and a Cat That Was Broken When He Came
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The narrator says that despite Ove spending most of the previous day yelling at Parvaneh that he wouldn't keep the cat,... (full context)
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After Ove feeds the cat, he tells it that it will have to accompany him on his... (full context)
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At the cemetery, Ove kicks the cat out of the car, gets his flowers, and they walk to Sonja's... (full context)
20. A Man Called Ove and an Intruder
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Ove stays in the parked Saab for nearly twenty minutes. The cat gets agitated and then... (full context)
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Ove and Rune talked about their wives' raging pregnancy hormones. Anita kept putting the coffee pot... (full context)
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Sonja played music for her belly to make the child move, and Ove worried that he wasn't going to be a good father. Sonja suggested Ove talk to... (full context)
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Back in the present day, Ove finally wakes the cat up and gets out of the Saab. He hears an unfamiliar... (full context)
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Lena loses Ove's attention as he races past her towards the Škoda that's driving in the residential area.... (full context)
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Ove tells the man in the white shirt again that he can't drive in the residential... (full context)
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Ove walks towards his house with the cat, goes inside, and sits on his stool. He's... (full context)
21. A Man Who Was Ove and Countries Where They Play Foreign Music in Restaurants
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The bus tour through Spain was Sonja's idea. Ove tried to dislike the whole trip, but Sonja was so happy he couldn't help but... (full context)
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José called Ove over and shouted "hospital." Ove decided the car model must be "hospital." He pointed to... (full context)
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For the next several days while Sonja slept during the day, Ove walked and helped people fix fences and build walls after telling them that they were... (full context)
22. A Man Called Ove and Someone in a Garage
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Ove and the cat sit in the Saab outside the hospital. This is Ove's third trip... (full context)
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A bit later, as Ove shoveled snow, Lena reappeared and tried to talk to Ove. Ove locked himself in his... (full context)
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Fifteen minutes later, Parvaneh and Nasanin knocked on Ove's door. When Parvaneh heard voices from the parking area, she followed them and found Ove... (full context)
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Parvaneh asks through the door why Lena wants to talk to Ove. Lena says that Ove is a hero and saved a man from a train yesterday.... (full context)
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The narrator explains that all this is why Ove is at the hospital for the third time in a week. The cat looks disappointed... (full context)
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The cat keeps looking at Ove with a look that reminds Ove of Sonja. Ove tells the cat again that the... (full context)
23. A Man Who Was Ove and a Bus That Never Got There
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When their stay in Spain was over, Ove carried Sonja's huge bags to the bus. He noticed that the bus driver smelled of... (full context)
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For the first week after the accident, Ove sat by Sonja's bed and didn't leave until the nurses insisted he shower and change.... (full context)
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Days later, Sonja told Ove she wanted to start physiotherapy. Ove looked at her as though she was crazy, and... (full context)
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Ove rebuilt the house and made it accessible for Sonja's wheelchair. She returned to teacher training... (full context)
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Ove remained angry. He wanted to destroy everyone involved in the accident and began writing letters... (full context)
24. A Man Called Ove and a Brat Who Draws In Color
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When Ove leaves the hospital, the Saab is filled with people. Parvaneh gives Nasanin crayons, which makes... (full context)
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Jimmy asks if they can stop to get something to eat. Ove thinks about swerving off the road but realizes that all these people might then join... (full context)
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...minutes later, Parvaneh comes out of McDonald's and gets in the passenger seat. She asks Ove for help passing her driving test. Ove thinks it's a joke, but Parvaneh explains that... (full context)
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Jimmy appears at the passenger window and asks Ove if he can eat in the car. Ove puts down more newspaper and tells Jimmy... (full context)
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Ove puts the Saab in the garage and considers trying to kill himself with the exhaust... (full context)
25. A Man Called Ove and a Piece of Corrugated Iron
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After breakfast, Ove lets the cat out and finds a plastic bottle of pills in the bathroom. The... (full context)
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Ove tries to ignore the sounds outside, fails, and puts the pills back in the bottle.... (full context)
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Ove notices that he's positioned all the photographs of Sonja so that she seems to follow... (full context)
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Ove and the cat knock on Rune's door. Rune finally answers. Ove asks Rune for corrugated... (full context)
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A few minutes later, Ove reappears in the doorway with a surprisingly huge piece of corrugated iron. Rune smiles and... (full context)
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Ove finds his spare car battery and some metal clips. He lays out the iron on... (full context)
26. A Man Called Ove and a Society Where No One Can Repair a Bicycle Anymore
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When he hears the mail arrive, Ove says "I won" to the cat. The narrator explains that Ove and Rune used to... (full context)
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Ove throws the door open and nearly hits the youth, who is wearing a postman's uniform... (full context)
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Ove and the youth stand for a minute and remember Sonja, and finally Ove asks the... (full context)
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The youth looks suddenly excited, but asks to come tomorrow since he has another job. Ove asks what the other job is, and the youth says he works in a cafe.... (full context)
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Twenty minutes later, Ove knocks on Parvaneh's door and asks her if she has the signs to put on... (full context)
27. A Man Called Ove and a Driving Lesson
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...various points during the past forty years, a neighbor would ask Sonja why Rune and Ove hated each other. Sonja usually offered an account of their vehicular upgrades over the years,... (full context)
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Back in the present, Parvaneh tries to get into Ove's car with a bottle of fizzy juice and then tries to change the radio station,... (full context)
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Parvaneh takes her hands off the wheel and starts crying. Ove stares at her in amazement as she sobs that everything is so stressful. The SUV... (full context)
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Parvaneh looks at Ove with her mouth open. Ove calmly tells her that he hasn't seen her afraid of... (full context)
28. A Man Who Was Ove and a Man Who Was Rune
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The narrator says that Sonja always said that Ove was unforgiving. Ove knew that Sonja was disappointed that he and Rune couldn't remain friends,... (full context)
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Not long after Ove and Sonja returned from Spain after the accident, Ove laid new paving stones, Rune built... (full context)
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...amongst the conflict where Sonja and Anita were able to get together with Rune and Ove for dinner. When Anita and Rune's son was a teenager they had a dinner and... (full context)
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A few years later, Ove and Rune fought over the heating system for the last time, and then over Rune's... (full context)
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...to accommodate strollers and wheelchairs and more children that never arrived. The narrator wonders if Ove never forgave Rune for having a son he didn't get along with, or if neither... (full context)
29. A Man Called Ove and a Bender
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Parvaneh, the cat, and Ove reach the cafe after arguing over where to park. Ove recognizes the young man with... (full context)
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Parvaneh asks why they're at the cafe and Ove explains that Adrian's bike needs to be repaired. Adrian thanks Ove for bringing the bike... (full context)
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Ove asks the young man if he's wearing makeup. Parvaneh hushes Ove. The boy smiles nervously,... (full context)
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Adrian is standing behind the Saab looking lost. Ove gives Adrian his cup and unhooks the bike for him. He asks Adrian if his... (full context)
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When Ove and Adrian re-enter the cafe, a short, wide man is on a ladder messing with... (full context)
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Amel asks Ove if the cat belongs to him. Ove insists it doesn't, and Amel insists the cat... (full context)
30. A Man Called Ove and a Society Without Him
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Ove replaces the pink flowers at Sonja's gravestone and then tells her that life has been... (full context)
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Ove bought his Saab thirteen years ago. Not long after he bought it, GM acquired Saab.... (full context)
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...narrator says she got her cancer diagnosis four years ago. Sonja forgave the world, while Ove fought the men in white shirts for insurance and assistance. Sonja gradually reduced her workload... (full context)
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Parvaneh is waiting in the car for Ove and asks if she could help Ove put Sonja's things away. Ove cuts her off... (full context)
31. A Man Called Ove Backs Up a Trailer. Again.
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Earlier that morning, Ove had gotten out Sonja's father’s rifle to shoot himself. He was interrupted, however, by something... (full context)
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Ove had planned to shoot himself when the cat went outside, but Parvaneh had knocked on... (full context)
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...in the white shirt gets out of his car by Rune and Anita's house as Ove yells at him. The man asks Ove what he's going to do about his rule... (full context)
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Ove walks to Parvaneh's house and asks if Patrick is home. Parvaneh nods and Patrick opens... (full context)
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Rather than looking thrilled, Ove just looks sad. Parvaneh comes up behind him and tells him that they're going to... (full context)
32. A Man Called Ove Isn't Running a Damned Hotel
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The narrator says that Sonja said that men like Ove and Rune were men caught in the wrong time. Dignity to them meant never being... (full context)
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Late that night, Ove and the cat go to bed. Ove waits for the cat to fall asleep on... (full context)
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A few seconds later, Adrian and Mirsad come to Ove's door. Ove naturally thinks they're thieving hooligans and kicks the door open. Adrian screams and... (full context)
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...gay, and Amel had kicked him out. Mirsad says that this was a stupid idea. Ove presses for more information, and Mirsad and Adrian explain that they were hoping Mirsad could... (full context)
33. A Man Called Ove and an Inspection Tour That Is Not the Usual
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The narrator suggests that Ove knew all along what he had to do, but says that all people are "time... (full context)
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When Ove comes down the stairs, he notices that the house smells like toast, which it hasn't... (full context)
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...up to them and greets them. He's in a tracksuit and is panting. He tells Ove that he's starting to exercise and wants to join Ove on his walk. Mirsad briefly... (full context)
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Jimmy asks Ove if he has heard that the council is picking Rune up today. He explains that... (full context)
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Ove is silent and continues his inspection, but grows noticeably angrier. Mirsad asks Ove if he's... (full context)
34. A Man Called Ove and a Boy in the House Next Door
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Ove brings a deck chair to Sonja's grave so he can take his time telling her... (full context)
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...they heard coming from the house, but began to notice bruises on the woman. When Ove heard the boy pleading one night for the man to stop yelling, he went outside... (full context)
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Back in the present at Sonja's grave, Ove tells Sonja he thought he'd have more time, and that she has to understand the... (full context)
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Ove, angry, yelled that they needed a new plan. Patrick hobbled out the door and came... (full context)
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Now, Ove tells Sonja's grave that she's going to have to wait for him because he doesn't... (full context)
35. A Man Called Ove and Social Incompetence
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A few mornings later, Parvaneh lets herself into Ove's house and runs for his bathroom. Ove remembers Sonja saying, "hell has no fury like... (full context)
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Parvaneh comes out of the bathroom and the two head out Ove's door. As she passes Ove's living room, Parvaneh stops and stares at the blue crib.... (full context)
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...him no. They argue 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... (full context)
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...few years who have been improperly placed in assisted living. The man keeps staring at Ove as Patrick explains that they also have his bank statements, email records, and web history.... (full context)
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Lena reminds Ove of what he promised her—an interview—and asks if he's read the letter yet. He hasn't.... (full context)
36. A Man Called Ove and a Whiskey
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Ove has been explaining how to properly own a car to Parvaneh as they drive. It's... (full context)
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Ove entered the seven-year-old's room. She looked displeased but pointed to a crate for Ove to... (full context)
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Back in the present, Ove enters Amel's cafe. Amel looks sad and angry, and he and Ove look at each... (full context)
37. A Man Called Ove and a Lot of Bastards Sticking Their Noses In
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Ove sits at Sonja's grave and apologizes, saying that people have no sense of boundaries. He... (full context)
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At the graveyard, Parvaneh, Patrick, Nasanin, the seven-year-old, Jimmy, Adrian, and Mirsad come up behind Ove and greet Sonja. Parvaneh lowers herself down and gives Sonja flowers from herself and more... (full context)
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When the group gets back to their street, Amel is standing outside Ove's house. Mirsad mumbles a greeting and Ove has dinner at Parvaneh and Patrick's house while... (full context)
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Before the seven-year-old goes to bed, she gives Ove a handwritten invitation to her birthday party. Ove reads it and confirms that she wants... (full context)
38. A Man Called Ove and the End of a Story
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...on the back, and those who don't. Jimmy is the first kind of person and Ove wishes he hadn't asked for his help in his current endeavor. When they get to... (full context)
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Ove waves a white cable at the sales associate and Jimmy insists that Ove means no... (full context)
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The seven-year-old gets an iPad for her eighth birthday and awkwardly thanks Ove and Jimmy. Jimmy heads for the cake and the seven-year-old strokes the iPad box. Ove... (full context)
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Parvaneh interrupts Ove's reverie and offers him cake. Ove refuses and says he's going for a walk with... (full context)
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Ove yells at the figures and runs towards them. He hits one of them and feels... (full context)
39. A Man Called Ove
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...often the greatest motivator to keep living, and most people fear it. People said that Ove was bitter, but the narrator insists that Ove wasn't: he just didn't smile all the... (full context)
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The hospital staff refuse to let Parvaneh follow Ove's stretcher into the operating room and it takes Patrick, Jimmy, Mirsad, Anders, Adrian, and four... (full context)
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After 40 minutes a young doctor finally goes into Ove's room. He mispronounces Parvaneh's name and seems confused that an Iranian woman is listed as... (full context)
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Ove returns home four days later, supported by Parvaneh and Patrick. The cat is waiting outside... (full context)
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Ove fetches boxes from the attic, and that evening Parvaneh, Nasanin, and the seven-year-old help put... (full context)
A Man Called Ove and an Epilogue
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As spring arrives, Parvaneh passes her driving test, Ove teaches Adrian to change tires, and Ove shows photos of Parvaneh's little boy to everyone... (full context)
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Within a few years, Ove's neighborhood turns into a city district as they build more houses. One day Patrick shows... (full context)
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...wakes up at 8:15 one morning and sees that the snow hasn't been shoveled outside Ove's house. She runs across the street and into Ove's bedroom, where the cat is lying... (full context)
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The envelope contains Ove's bank information, instruction manuals, insurance documents, and a letter for Parvaneh. The letter says that... (full context)
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Ove also leaves instructions for a simple funeral with "no people." More than 300 people attend.... (full context)
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Later that evening, Parvaneh shows Ove's house to a young couple. The woman is pregnant and seems to love the house,... (full context)