Monday, 16 June 2014

Book Review: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden


The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is Jonas Jonasson's follow-up to his bestselling debut The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and it's an incredibly worthy follow-up at that.

The novel follows Nombeko, an intelligent woman born in the shanty-town Soweto, South Africa, as she finds herself in Sweden with a package she really doesn't want and running from some people who really do.

Her tale goes from rags to riches a couple times, with Jonasson's incredibly imaginative plot line making this improbable story extremely probable. Jonasson's creation of the main plot, like his debut, involves the creation of smaller narratives that inevitably all intertwine in an excellent fashion - all this whilst maintaining humour and a sharp wit in (most of) his characters.

Jonasson creates a phenomenal character in Nombeko; a black woman being the main protagonist and a beacon of sanity, rationality and intelligence in a crazy patriarchal world.

I highly suggest this read, it's long but 100% worth it. Find it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Girl-Saved-King-Sweden/dp/006232912X

p.s. Jonasson is fast becoming a favourite of mine and I can't wait for more of his work 

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