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: 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 5 Quotes
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.
Ove's Father Character Timeline in A Man Called Ove
The timeline below shows where the character Ove's Father appears in A Man Called Ove. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
4. A Man Called Ove Does Not Pay a Three-Kroner Surcharge
5. A Man Called Ove
...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)
8. A Man Called Ove and a Pair of His Father's Old Footprints
10. A Man Who Was Ove and a House That Ove Built
12. A Man Who Was Ove and One Day He Had Enough
14. A Man Who Was Ove and a Woman On A Train