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- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 April 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JKA1T0G
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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
This is entertaining and neatly plotted, all loose ends are tied up.
It is occasionally laugh out loud funny and written in a dead pan knowing style.
Great holiday book
loved it - nice intelligent quick read - very entertaining. Will miss the characters therein, always a good sign :)Published 4 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 6 days ago by mv
great condition, great price, arrived on time, cant ask for morePublished 9 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 12 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 13 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 14 days ago by Katie