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LitPicks Book Reviews—August 2014

Theme—Grumpy Old Men Ride Again
Three books in which older men have reached the age where more of life lies behind them then ahead. Still, maybe it's not too late to start living large.
Labels: A Lighter Touch


A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman, 2012 (Engl., 2014)
352 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
August 2014

Ove is a misanthrope. He's 59, ornery, overbearing, and hard to like; in fact, we don't like him. But we keep on reading because Fredrik Bachman keeps us laughing. There's a bit of truth in Ove's rants...and a bit of each of in his self-righteousness.

But Ove is done with life—all he wants to do is end it. How hard can this be? Very hard, apparently, especially if you're beset with nosy, interfering neighbors who interrupt you at the most inopportune moments.



The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce, 2012
384 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
August 2014
Fictional journeys serve as more than plot devices to move characters from place to place. They represent passages—from sin to redemption or ignorance to knowledge. Harold Fry's journey is all that and more...but of course he doesn't know it.

In fact Harold doesn't mean to set out on a journey, at first: he simply intends to drop a letter off at the nearest postbox. But then he just keeps going.



The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Jonas Jonasson, 2009 (Eng. transl., 2012)
400 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
August, 2014

In progress . . .

See our Reading Guide for The 100-Year-Old Man.


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