The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden Paperback – 24 Apr 2014
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‘A comic delight of love, luck and mathematics’ Daily Express
‘As unlikely and funny as Jonas Jonasson's 2012 debut bestseller, “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared”’ Observer
‘Excellent. A drily satirical tour of the world [taking in] Swedish liberals, Colonel Gaddafi and of course, apartheid and the South African Prime Minister B J Vorster’ The Times
‘’Feel-good’ set to stun level’ Guardian
‘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
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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.See all Product description
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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.
The main heroine of the novel is Nombeko, a highly intelligent South African girl whose adventures are a match for those of the 100 year old man in Jonas Johansson's previous novel. She moves from South Africa to Sweden with an atomic bomb in her possession which she has difficulty getting rid of and spends many years trying to. On her journey she meets two identical twins one with whom she falls into a relationship with and together they go on a Swedish adventure to save the King of Sweden
I do most of my reading in bed and this fills my pre-sleep requirements perfectly being light on suspense and delightful in outcome.
The characters are interesting and contradictory, ranging from the highly intelligent to quite the opposite. They are well built and easy to like/dislike.
The author guides you through an unbelievable tale in a believable way.
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