The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas JonassonThe Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden

byJonas Jonasson

Paperback | September 22, 2015

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A wildly picaresque new novel from Jonas Jonasson, author of the internationally bestsellingThe 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 girl 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.

JONAS JONASSONis the author of the novelThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, which has sold more than eight million copies worldwide. He was a journalist for many years, then became a media consultant and later the founder of a sporting-events production company for Swedish television. After selling his comp...
Title:The Girl Who Saved The King Of SwedenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443431605

ISBN - 13:9781443431606


Rated 1 out of 5 by from okay it was an okay book and read it to the end but could not wait for the end .The main character was a little ridiculous and even though it was supposed to be a fun read I found it tough to really hard to get into it.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable enough I didn't fly through this book as quickly as The 100-Year-Old Man or Hitman Anders but it did have the same signature wacky characters and bizarre events. There were a lot of dumb characters and they get annoying after a while.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from blah bought this book because i loved his other book, but could not get into this one. didnt really connect with the character and found it a little boring
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from quirky quirky just like the 100 year old man one....good book but preferred the 100 year old man one better
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as his other book! After I had "The 100 Year old man" I thought I'd buy this book; but I just could not get into it. It was not as interesting of a read, and I never actually finished it.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Once you've read one Jonas Jonasson book you've read them all.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So Weird I noticed two things while reading this book. First, that nobody is allowed to die in any sort of normal way. Several people are run over after making poor streetwalking decisions, one is crushed by a eight-foot statue of Lenin/the King of Sweden, one is so terrified of the CIA that he has a heart attack, another is so terrified of her child's republicanism that she also has a heart attack, one dies after choking on a piece of apple, one is sent to the bottom of the ocean after his helicopter pilot spontaneously exits the vehicle mid-air, and one is murdered after making a pass at two violent women. There is no such thing as a normal death for anyone involved. The other thing was that this book really reminded me of a Rube Goldberg machine - one of those unnecessarily complicated chain-reaction machines used to do something simple like push a light switch. Only in this case, every single part of this reaction is strange and super bizarre. Nombeko starts out as an unusually smart girl in a shantytown in South Africa, and, through a bizarre series of events, ends up close personal friends with the King and Prime Minister of Sweden. At some point, you're reading along and you have to just say to yourself, "Of course the atom bomb got switched with antelope meat. Why not?" This book had less of the I-Don't-Care-About-Anything-And-I've-Only-Made-It-This-Far-On-Sheer-Ambivalence that The 100 Year Old Man Who Jumped Out the Window and Disappeared had, although there was still an element of that. This book did marginally better on making the characters more human, but not much. The prose was sharp and witty, but felt rather like sports commentary of the fast, deliberately humorous kind. Jonasson managed to cover nearly sixty years of Nombeko's life without ever allowing more than an outside view of her behavior and decisions. I don't feel particularly close to any of these people, despite how amusing and entertaining I found them. Overall, these books are definitely one of a kind, but I don't think that they're really my cup of tea.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very fun read A fun read. Not quite as good as his first, though. Similar to the first, a little slow in the middle.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not great!! I enjoyed the book and found it quirky and amusing but definitely preferred The 100 year old man who climbed out a window.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl who saved the King of Sweeden A fun book to read. The misadventures of Nombeko and her cohorts are amusing , and the writing style makes them seem almost belivable.
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious If you're gonna tell a lie, it may as well be a whopper. Like the hundred year old man, this is a grand tale that makes no one expect it to be truthful, only entertaining. It is good entertainment to the end.
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from misleading The most ridiculous book I have ever read. Goes from, the sublime (horrific) to the ridiculous. Abso.utely unbelievable, even though I knew it was a satire.
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The girl who saved the king of Sweden Became a bit tedious & predictable. Could have been a bit more fast paced. Characters just bizzare enough to keep one interested.
Date published: 2015-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I did not enjoy this as much as his 100 year old man story. I found the characters of the first brother and his girlfriend to be tiresome after a while. The rest of the story was good and well written.
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Read I had so much fun reading this book -- and literally laughed out loud. I love how Jonasson tells stories, they are so unlikely and rambly, and there are different threads, but at the same time, everything comes together in the craziest of ways. He also peppers his stories with interesting observations of life and how people act and politics. He certainly doesn't shy away from big issues. The characters are quirky and likable and the writing is engaging. I raced through this book, eager to see where all of the crazy scenarios would lead.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl who saved the king of sweden Another great book by Jonas Jonasson. Great story, wonderful escape from the everyday. We need to see more from him.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh... I finished it because I felt obligated to do so for my book club. I thought the patter of 'the 100 year-old man who...' was cute, but when it appeared again in this novel it just felt inauthentic.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl who saved the king of sweden Quite a confabulated read. Lots of twists and loops. Very enjoyable. Really needed to get !to the end to find out what the outcome was.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl who save the king of Sweden Another fantastic read.
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amusing story Lots of twists and turns which keeps the reader's attention
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Girl Who Saved the King of Swede Excellent writing - a good humorous taste of personal and historical fiction A wonderfully humorous tale of personal and historical fiction.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl who saved the king of Swede I love Jonas Jonasson novels and this one didn't disappoint. It,s a fun journey through history while reading a fantastic story.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Husband love this author. I know when my husband has a good book because he belly laughs. With this authors 2 books he did just that. I look forward to another book coming out by him.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost as funny as "The Hundred Year I am a fan of this writer after reading these two books. A great way addition to my summer reading!
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl who saved the king of Sweden This was without a doubt the most entertaining book I have ever read. It was delightful and a laugh on very page...especially page 273!
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended This is a great read. Filled with a sarcastic wit and humour throughout. Unpredictable and laugh out loud.
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining but somewhat slow read This story was witty and decently entertaining, but it was at times slow-paced and I found myself always putting it down.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Girl Who Saved the King of Swede Good but not as good as The Old Man Who ......
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Girl Who Saved The King of Swede Fun read! Jonasson has the ability to incorporate history into a whimsical story.
Date published: 2014-06-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from -.- Having read The Hundred Year Old Man, I was excited to begin this. I was deeply disappointed. I disliked the characters, found the entire situation ludicrous, and was just annoyed reading it.
Date published: 2014-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great PR for Sweden My Swedish relations winced at the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the view that might give the world of their beloved Sweden. This book is a lighthearted view of the country and the people and international elations. A gently entertaining summer read.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Humourous I read this book after Reading The Hundred Year Old Man, I found it to be humerous, but not quite as funny as his previous novel. It is well worth resding
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swedish humour at its best This may be the funniest book I have ever read. It is even better than "The Old Man who climbed out the window & disappeared" - by the same author. If you are looking for a humorous romp, this is it. I now look forward to his next book.
Date published: 2014-06-07

Editorial Reviews

“A comic delight of love, luck and mathematics.”