What a sweet little story, perfect for any bibliophile with an interest in romance. Monsieur Perdu calls his floating bookstore barge a literary apothecary, and prides himself on his ability to match a book with a person’s current needs. But his own soul is empty, and when he decides to leave his mooring and travel in search of some answers to old questions, the book takes off. It is a charming novel, full of quirky characters and a few good book titles that might help with the longings of your own life.
How I loved Ove. He is as grumpy and grouchy as they come – I pictured Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt. His wife Sonja, who friends were always grateful married him and made him manageable for some time, has just died. He sees no reason to go on, and begins to plan a way to end his life. But nosy, meddling neighbors keep finding ways to divert him from his goal, and through these interactions, the soft side of Ove is revealed. Swedish author and blogger Frederik Backman has painted a tender character who will stay with you long after the last episode – which is laugh out loud funny. I agree with Booklist – “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).