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‘One of the word of mouth bestsellers of last year was Jonasson’s uproariously funny “The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climed Out Of A Window And Disappeared”. Now he’s back in similar vein … A comic delight of love, luck and mathematics’ ***** Caroline Jowett, 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” … There is no shortage of fast-paced action … Take nothing seriously is the refreshing subtext. At the heart of this very likable book is the notion that even someone from the humblest of origins can have a gigantic impact on life.’ Sophia Martelli, Observer
‘It’s excellent … a drily satirical tour of the world. This tour takes in Swedish liberals, Colonel Gaddafi and of course, apartheid and the South African Prime Minister B J Vorster’ Catherine Nixey, The Times
‘Having had a massive international hit … Jonas Jonasson has wisely spun his second epic yarn from the same tangly stuff … As pacy and pain-free as a cartoon, Jonasson's narrative … zips along, the backdrop of familiar international politics lending a curious realism to what is pure, ingenious fantasy … It's "feel-good" set to stun level’ Jane Housham, 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 Reviews
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A wildly picaresque new novel from Jonas Jonasson, the author of the internationally bestselling The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
In a tiny shack in the largest township in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is born. Put to work at five years old and orphaned at ten, she quickly learns that the world expects nothing more from her than to die young, be it from drugs, alcohol, or just plain despair. But Nombeko has grander plans. She learns to read and write, and at just fifteen, using her cunning and fearlessness, she makes it out of Soweto with millions of smuggled diamonds in her possession. Then things take a turn for the worse....
Nombeko ends up the prisoner of an incompetent engineer in a research facility working on South Africa's secret nuclear arsenal. Yet the unstoppable Nombeko pulls off a daring escape to Sweden, where she meets twins named Holger One and Holger Two, who are carrying out a mission to bring down the Swedish monarchy...by any means necessary.
Nombeko's life ends up hopelessly intertwined with the lives of the twins, and when the twins arrange to kidnap the Swedish king and prime minister, it is up to our unlikely heroine to save the day and possibly the world. In this wild romp, Jonasson tackles issues ranging from the pervasiveness of racism to the dangers of absolute power while telling a charming and hilarious story along the way. In the satirical voice that has earned him legions of fans the world over, Jonasson gives us another rollicking tale of how even the smallest of decisions can have sweeping even global consequences." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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If you have read and enjoyed "The hundred year old man..." ignore the reviews of this book, read it yourself and form your own opinions. If you haven't read "The hundred year old man..." try reading this one first and then read and review "The hundred year old man..." I, for one, would be very interested to see if the reason so many reviewers are disappointed by this book is simply that it's too similar in style to its predecessor.
Like The Hundred-Year-Old Man, Nombeko travels widely, and like him, she meets all kinds of unlikely characters on the way. But I found this novel too smiliar to the author's first (which, incidentally, I loved), and it went on far too long. At the beginning, I found it very funny and lively, but afer a while, all that began to wear off, and I became bored with it. In the end, I struggled to finish it.
The author seems to have found a formula, and it obviously works for many readers. In fact, had it been cut by a third, I might have enjoyed it. But as I read it, it moved from five, to four stars, and (for me) ended up with just three.
Those who have read his first book will remember that in places there were echoes of ‘Forrest Gump’; as you start to read this novel you see echoes of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ at the beginning, although set in South Africa. We meet Nombeko Mayeki who is born in the Soweto slums and to put it politely is what in this country used to be called a night soil person. But Nombeko soon learns to count and become literate, despite things being against her and the other blacks in an apartheid country. From these humble beginnings by fourteen years of age she is running the refuse centre, but her life takes a dramatic turn, and she ends up working at a secret facility for building an atomic bomb (Jonas Jonasson loves his atomic bombs). Although a cleaning lady Nombeko it has to be admitted becomes more or less the brains behind the research facility.
Of course things don’t go to plan, as ultimately Nombeko finds that her boss has created seven atomic bombs instead of six, and has to get rid of the extra as political events change. Thus Nombeko finds herself seeking asylum in Sweden, being lumbered with an atomic bomb and three Chinese sisters who only really know how to make fake antique pottery. With Mossad also on her trail could things get any worse?Read more ›
Look out for Jonas Jonasson's new novel, which is due out soon. It's titled Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All. It's available 21 April 2016 here on Amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loved it - nice intelligent quick read - very entertaining. Will miss the characters therein, always a good sign :)Published 2 days ago by davem
A good book but....I had a times newspaper code to get this free but found no place to enter the code and this got charged. Proceed with care if you have a promotional code.Published 4 days ago by mv
great condition, great price, arrived on time, cant ask for morePublished 7 days ago by richard jones
I really enjoyed this book. The strange things that happened were sort of believable but still totally bizarre. I will look out for others by this author.Published 10 days ago by Jan
Really amusing story, with plenty of frustrating twists. However, doesn't quite live up to the hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared.Published 11 days ago by Hanna Smith
I'm new to this author so wasn't entirely sure what to expect but I found this book highly entertaining and very engaging. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Katie