- Hardcover: 387 pages
- Publisher: Ecco Press (29 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006232912X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062329127
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,546 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,137,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A funny and completely implausible farce about a woman, a bomb and a man's frustrated ambition to overthrow the king of Sweden... The rest of the world will chuckle all the way through it."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"In "The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden", Jonas Jonasson unfurls a wide, whimsical net that readers will relish being caught up in."--BookPage
"A funny and improbable tale with characters from South Africa to Sweden demonstrates how even the most seemingly insignificant people can change the fate of the world."--Denver Post
"In "The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden," Jonas Jonasson unfurls a wide, whimsical net that readers will relish being caught up in."--BookPage
A funny and completely implausible farce about a woman, a bomb and a man s frustrated ambition to overthrow the king of Sweden The rest of the world will chuckle all the way through it. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
In "The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden," Jonas Jonasson unfurls a wide, whimsical net that readers will relish being caught up in. --BookPage"
A funny and improbable tale with characters from South Africa to Sweden demonstrates how even the most seemingly insignificant people can change the fate of the world. --Denver Post"
From the Inside Flap
As delightfully wry and witty as his bestselling debut, 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared', this is a tale of how one woman's attempt to change her future ended up changing everything. Nombeko Mayeki is on the run from the world's most ruthless secret service - with three Chinese sisters, twins who are officially one person and an elderly potato farmer. Oh, and the fate of the King of Sweden - and the world - rests on her shoulders. Born in a Soweto shack in 1961, Nombeko was destined for a short, hard life. When she was run over by a drunken engineer her luck changed. Alive, but blamed for the accident, she was made to work for the engineer - who happened to be in charge of a project vital to South Africa's security. Nombeko was good at cleaning, but brilliant at understanding numbers. The drunk engineer wasn't - and made a big mistake. And now only Nombeko knows about it ...As uproariously funny as Jonas Jonasson's bestselling debut, this is an entrancing tale of luck, love and international relations. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I found 'The Girl who saved the King of Sweden' very funny with eclectic characters who are all interesting and realistic, I especially like the story of the Holgers and the plight of their royal family hating father, Ingmar and their despairing mother, Henrietta who is very patient with her husband.
Nombeko is a wonderful character, she's intelligent, funny and is one step ahead of everyone which helps her as she grows up, working in the public toilets of Soweto to cleaning for a deceitful nuclear engineer who not only knocked Nomeko down with his car but due to the situation in South Africa at the time, manages to blame Nomeko for the accident.
Jonas Jonasson writes characters well and that's why his books are a joy to read, his satirical approach to politics are great to read.
The only downside I found was how long Nomeko put up with the engineer but as you read you realise why and understand.
I look forward to reading his next book.
It isn't as good the 100 year old man..The ending is a little drawn out, at over 400 pages it is a little on the long side, it could have been edited down by about 70 pages and it still would have been a great book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is extremely fast-paced and humorous - really enjoyed it! If you like long descriptive pieces, probably best choose a different book!Published 1 month ago by IdaG
Hilarious, stunning book that completely defies cliches and surprises with its intelligence of both people and the world. Made me laugh out loud so muchPublished 1 month ago by Bry Linden
The book flowed and was written well , quite a roller coaster of a book, written very much in a similar way as The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Akarlon
Funny and clever without being pretentious.
Good escape type reading for when you want to forget the real world.
Not as enjoyable as first book, funny in parts, will read his next one, still worth reading though yes doPublished 2 months ago by Kate Pitcher