A Man Called Ove

Ove's Father Character Analysis

Ove's father was known for being almost too kind, though Ove never saw why this was a problem. He had a knack for working on cars and fixed them as favors for the higher-ups at the train station. The higher-ups gifted Ove’s father a Saab when Ove was a child. He taught Ove how to work on cars, to behave honorably, and to do things rather than just talk about them. He died in a train accident when Ove was sixteen years old.

Ove's Father Quotes in A Man Called Ove

The A Man Called Ove quotes below are all either spoken by Ove's Father or refer to Ove's Father. 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 5 Quotes

"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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4. A Man Called Ove Does Not Pay a Three-Kroner Surcharge
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...his navy suit, which his wife likes, as well as the watch he inherited from his father . That morning, Ove had unlocked his garage and then his Saab using real keys,... (full context)
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...though he remembers little about her except for her hoarse singing at the kitchen window. Ove's father worked for the railways and was exceptionally strong. He told Ove once that size and... (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 said that a respected engine will... (full context)
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Several months later, the director sent for Ove's father and showed him an old Saab that had been in an accident. Ove's father deemed... (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 to... (full context)
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Ove quietly said that they should take the wallet to the lost property office. Ove's father took Ove's hand and they walked together to the office, listening to Tom shouting angrily... (full context)
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When Ove was 16, his father died and Ove stopped being happy. Ove made it clear to the church that he... (full context)
8. A Man Called Ove and a Pair of His Father's Old Footprints
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...Ove's coworkers thought him eccentric, but when he proved himself to be as kind as his father and just as good with engines, they accepted him. He continued his routine of eating... (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 a... (full context)
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..."thief" at Ove as he walked out. Ove was ashamed that he'd been fired from his father 's job. In the director's office a little later, the director told Ove that Tom... (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 newer blue Saab. At this time in Sweden people... (full context)
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...name, Ove realized their grandson was still in the burning house. Ove thought of what his father would do and ran into the burning building with his neighbor. They emerged a few... (full context)
12. A Man Who Was Ove and One Day He Had Enough
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...a thief. Ove ignored him, went into the changing room, took off his clothes and his father 's watch, and took a long shower. When Ove came out of the shower, his... (full context)
14. A Man Who Was Ove and a Woman On A Train
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On Saturday, Ove put on his father 's suit. This attracted the attention of his landlady. As Ove was at the door... (full context)