Monday, May 30, 2016

The Book Blab: "Mini Book Club" (Episode 6 Show Notes)

Okay guys, time to discuss one of my new favorite books: A Man Called Ove. I highly recommend you read the book before watching because, spoilers. You've been warned!

Episode 6 show notes and links

0:50 - Suzanne finished her master's degree!
1:54 - This month's topic: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
3:25 - Spoiler-free plot summary
5:54 - What is your favorite funny moment?
  • 6:28 - Saab references
  • 8:36 - Ipad scene
10:40 - How did you feel about the structure of the novel? How did it influence the way you thought about Ove?
  • 12:00 - Brilliant emotional manipulation
  • 13:05 - True to real life
13:45 -  Does Ove's personality change during the course of the story? Is it influenced by Sonja or, later, Parveneh?
  • 14:43 - Ove's personality doesn't change, but our perspective of him does.
  • 16:08 - His friends learn how to interact with him.
17:45 - There are several interesting marriages in this book. What makes them work?
  • 17:55 - Ove and Sonja
  • 20:00 - Parveneh and Patrick
22:27 - How did you feel about Parveneh's character? Was she rude and invasive? Or should more people be like her?
  • 23:28 - Is their friendship realistic?
  • 25:40 - Introverts and extroverts
26:58 - What was your takeaway from the book?
  • 27:30 - "We can busy ourselves with living or dying."
  • 28:45 - You can't judge people when you don't know the backstory.
30:20 - Two similar recommendations to A Man Called Ove
  • 30:46 - Suzanne's recommendation
  • 33:00 - Amy's recommendation
36:05 - Conclusion

Links from the show:

Suzanne's review of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Suzanne's review of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Amy's review of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

1 comment:

  1. I just finished this book and I knew you and Amy had this book blab about it so I was excited to hear both of your thoughts. It was great! And I really enjoyed the book! And your blab makes me really want to have a book club reading on this book because it provides so many great discussion points. Some that I didn't really think about while reading but makes me love it even more.