The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, Paperback

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)

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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.

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“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”Nombeko, born into Soweto’s slums, uses her prodigious mathematical ability to rise out of the latrine sanitation management position she has achieved by age 14, and has the misfortune to be run over by a very drunk nuclear engineer the minute she leaves Soweto. South Africa of the 1970s being what it is, she finds herself alternately helping the engineer with his calculations, and scrubbing his floor. Escape comes in the form of a ticket to Sweden…Much like The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared, the plot for this novel is more than slightly absurd. But that’s fine with me when it’s written as captivatingly as this. The various concepts of a person not existing, accidental creation of a 7th atomic bomb, Sweden’s deeply cautious politics – all feel like Jonassen is making little digs at the world, without taking himself too seriously. Full of incredible (seriously, unbelievable) coincidences and unfortunate events, it’s a captivating read.Nombeko is a wonderful character, somewhat everygirlish but with occasional violent tendencies which amused me. She has the same improbably frequent ideas for getting out of scrapes (but the book wouldn’t be any fun if she wasn’t in scrapes and then didn’t get out of them). Holger One and Two couldn’t be more different, and Celestine and her potato-farming countess grandmother are a fabulous double act.I would very definitely recommend this, particularly if you are stuck in Heathrow for four hours and then on a plane going to the wrong airport.

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3

Another witty, fast-paced novel from Jonasson. Similar structure to The Hundred-Year Old Man, but not quite as tightly plotted somehow. I enjoy his observations on the crazy contradictions of the world, and the way we are all stitched together globally. The characters are well written, the story largely plausible. A good choice for a quick and entertaining read.

Review by
4

What a silly, fun book! Not quite as good as <i>The Hundred Year Old Man...</i> - I can't say I laughed out loud once - but charming in its own right. Nombeko is a lovely main character, as is Holger Two - I just couldn't help but want everything to work out for them! The side characters can be a bit annoying (for example, Celestine is a bit repetitive) but I never found it dull and I even learned a couple of things!<br/><br/>If you like Alexander McCall Smith, I think you'll like this. It's hardly groundbreaking, but the author's tone is delightful.

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3.5

After enjoying his previous book "The Hundred Year Old Man Who Jumped Out Of The Window and Disappeared" I was keen to read this, his latest. I found it very similar in writing style, but maybe just a little more far-fetched and unbelievable. Yes fiction doesn't mean factual but this stretched my realm of probability just a tad too far. Having said that, I had a few chuckles over the antics and outcomes of the varied characters and enjoyed the tying up of loose strings which left each of these characters, well nearly all of them …with a happy ending.

Review by
4

What a silly, fun book! Not quite as good as <i>The Hundred Year Old Man...</i> - I can't say I laughed out loud once - but charming in its own right. Nombeko is a lovely main character, as is Holger Two - I just couldn't help but want everything to work out for them! The side characters can be a bit annoying (for example, Celestine is a bit repetitive) but I never found it dull and I even learned a couple of things!<br/><br/>If you like Alexander McCall Smith, I think you'll like this. It's hardly groundbreaking, but the author's tone is delightful.