- By Jonas Jonasson Rachel Willson-Broyles

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

  • Title: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
  • Author: Jonas Jonasson Rachel Willson-Broyles
  • ISBN: 9780062329141
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden In June the king and the prime minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the royal castle Later it was said that both had fallen ill but the truth is different The real story s

    In June 14, 2007, the king and the prime minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the royal castle Later it was said that both had fallen ill, but the truth is different The real story starts much earlier, in 1961, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in Soweto Nombeko was fated to grow up fast and die early in her poverty stricken township, be it fIn June 14, 2007, the king and the prime minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the royal castle Later it was said that both had fallen ill, but the truth is different The real story starts much earlier, in 1961, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in Soweto Nombeko was fated to grow up fast and die early in her poverty stricken township, be it from drugs, alcohol, or just plain despair But Nombeko takes a different path She finds work as a housecleaner and eventually makes her way up to the position of chief advisor, at the helm of one of the world s most secret projects.Here is where the tale merges with then diverges from reality South Africa developed six nuclear missiles in the 1980s, then voluntarily dismantled them in 1994 This is the story of the seventh missile, the one that was never supposed to have existed Nombeko Mayeki knows too much about it, and now she s on the run from both the South African justice system and the most terrifying secret service in the world The fate of the planet now lies in Nombeko s hands.Jonasson introduces us to a cast of eccentrics a nerve damaged American Vietnam deserter, twin brothers who are officially only one person, three careless Chinese girls, an angry young woman, a potato growing baroness, the Swedish king and the prime minister Quirky and utterly unique, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is a charming and humorous account of one young woman s unlikely adventure.

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    1. This book was so bad it was a real chore trying to finish reading it that turned almost into agony. What a waste of precious time much better spent picking your nose, getting drunk all alone or sorting dust into similarly colored piles.Loved his first book! Laughed so many times and still remember it vividly as if I had seen it as a movie. This here on the other hand is not funny. Not once. Not even remotely. I loved Allen and liked most of the other characters in the 100 year old. Here I didn't [...]

    2. What a festival of adventure, rogue behavior, a non-existent twin who exists, and a fugitive atomic bomb that also doesn't exist--but weighs several megatons and is very difficult to hide. The plucky and delightful protagonist is Nombeko, who at the start of the novel is fourteen and cleaning latrines in Soweto, her hometown. It is the seventies, and apartheid is the social/political/economic cloud Nombeko lives under, and yet she makes the best of her situation, and eventually saves the world. [...]

    3. At almost exactly halfway through the book, it became taxing to read. The wit and quirky characters were replaced with improbable scenarios. It was as if a lazier, time crunched writer completed a very well begun piece of literature.

    4. What do you get when you combine a South African woman named Nombeko who is born into the slums of Soweto only to be smart enough to make fools of her oppressors with her intelligence and finds her way to Sweden? When there she meets a man who theoretically does not exist and who has a twin brother with the same name who is inspired to complete what his late father could not do and kill the king of Sweden. Throw in the crazy brothers equally crazy girlfriend, the Prime Minister of Sweden, Chines [...]

    5. اگه از کتاب های جدی خسته این ، اگه مغزتون مدتیه کتاب های منتخبتون رو دفع می کنه چون خسته و بی حوصله ست و دنبال یه کتاب مفرح می گردین که عقل و منطق نقشی در روند حوادث داستانیش نداره و تقریبا هر دو صفحه یک اتفاق واقعا مهم و موثر میفته دست رو کتاب مناسبی گذاشتین. این تنها تجربه من از [...]

    6. Second novel is rarely as good as the first one (Khaled Hosseini is the exception) as publishers expect too much and there is a special "pressure" on the author if the debut novel is great success Sheila O'Flanagan wrote the good, honnest review I support 100%.

    7. This book suffers a bit from comparing it with The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared which was delightful in all respects. This follow up is also entertaining and quirky but never quite as charming. It is also quite a lot too long and the middle section is very, very slow. I especially enjoyed Nombeka and sometimes felt there was not enough of her and too much of others. Nevertheless I did enjoy much of the book and can imagine it being made in to a movie like it [...]

    8. Let's say 4.25 stars.This book is the most farcical, absurd story I have read since A Confederacy of Dunces. It's best read with a complete suspension of belief, in as few sessions as possible. I found it hard to re-enter this state of disbelief, but once I found the groove again, I was laughing aloud once again.The farcical plot comments on social roles & mores in two countries, one as north as one can go, the other as south as one can go, & throws in some jabs at the West, the Orient, [...]

    9. Φανταστικό μυθιστόρημα με την υπέροχη γραφή του J.Jonasson ο οποίος είναι από τους λίγους συγγραφείς που μπορούν να με κάνουν να συγκινηθώ και να γελάσω ταυτόχρονα.Για μένα είναι με βεβαιότητα το καλύτερο ως τώρα βιβλίο του καθώς πιστεύω πως στο πρώτο του(Ο εκατοντάχρονος που π [...]

    10. یوناسن دقیقا داره خودشو تکرار میکنه! یعنی تقریبا هیچ نوآوری ای تو این کتابش وجود نداشت و واقعا همون مرد صد ساله بود با تغییر جزئی شخصیت ها و وقایع تاریخی!ولی البته این باعث نمیشد که موقع خوندنش به آدم خوش نگذرهواسه همین م این چار ستاره رو دادم!هرچند، دیگه فکر نکنم دلم بخواد باز [...]

    11. This is a concatenation of outrageous improbabilities peopled by cartoonish characters capering across Potemkinesque landscapes. The story opens in Soweto with Nombeko, a fourteen year old latrine emptier (yes, that's this child's lifelong occupation, and she's one of the lucky ones who actually has a job). When her alcoholic boss gives some attitude to the wrong person, their pompous superior Piet du Toit appoints Nombeko as the new manager. Her first act is to hire her disgraced boss as her ow [...]

    12. Eine komplexe Geschichte in einer Einfachheit erzählt, die einfach überwältigt. Nach dem „100jährigen“ schafft es Jonasson natürlich wieder nicht nur einen kurzen Abschnitt aus einem Lebensteil zu erzählen sondern er benötigt vielmehr wieder ein halbes Jahrhundert. Er schafft es, dieses komplett mit Leben zu füllen.Die absurden aber für gültige erklärten Realitäten, die in dem Buch vermittelt werden, sind wie Puzzleteile, die früher oder später und zumeist nur irgendwie passgen [...]

    13. This is not my usual 4* novel. Really, it deserves less, but I smiled most of the way through it. The story is convoluted and completely mad but was easy to read. The characters were so off the wall, they made the story possible. A totally nonsensical book that holds within it some interesting pictures of human nature and humanity.

    14. همونطور که پارسال از خوندن (پیرمرد صدساله ) بسیار لذت بردم، امسال هم از (بی سوادی) لذت بردم. در نوشته های یوناسن مدام غافلگیر میشید و مدام با طنزهای ظریف کتاب میخندید و با اینکه بسیاری از اتفاقات سیاسی جهان برای پیشبرد داستان استفاده میشه، برای کسانی مثل من که با سیاست سر و کاری [...]

    15. chợt nhận ra là giá sách quá thiếu những cuốn vui vẻ, yêu đời hoặc làm cho mình vui vẻ, yêu đời.[Đọc lại - 3/9/2016]

    16. Net als het vorige boek van Jonas Jonasson (de 100-jarige man die uit het raam klom en verdween), heb ik ook “de zonderlinge avonturen…” met een grote glimlach gelezen. Er gebeurt weer veel en het is soms te absurd voor woorden. Juist door het absurde kan ik hier wel van genieten. Het verhaal begint in Zuid-Afrika met Nombeko. Dit jonge meisje werkt bij de latrines, maar krijgt door haar slimheid de kans om aan dit smerige baantje te ontsnappen. Vanaf dat moment start een aaneenschakeling [...]

    17. The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden is the second book by Swedish journalist, media consultant and television producer, Jonas Jonasson. Determined not to be a latrine emptier all her life, Soweto youngster, Nombeko Mayeki uses her numerical skills and lots of hard work to advance her position. How she learns to read, ends up in possession of quite a few diamonds and later, something a whole lot more dangerous, is the story Jonasson tells in the first half of his book. It takes that long before [...]

    18. С атомна бомба в ръчния багаж: knigolandiafo/book-review/n Юнас Юнасон е отново тук – при това с неочаквано добра втора книга. Неочаквано, защото често го има оня момент, в който си казваш: “Абе няма как да е толкова добра, колкото беше първата!”, в случая “Стогодишният старец, който скоч [...]

    19. Kao neko ko je čitao "Stogodišnjak koji je iskočio kroz prozor i nestao", očekivao sam da će ovo biti još jedna sasvim zanimljiva knjiga prepuna različitim likovima, obojena specifičnim humorom i radnjom koja se odvija velikom brzinom. Tako je i bilo. Junason u svom karakterističnom stilu spaja nekoliko država, istorijske događaje, državnike, priče i sasvim neobične likove. Uspeo je da mi drži pažnju i, u momentima me baš nasmeje. Duhovit roman sa jednim sasvim posebnim stilom.

    20. این کتاب دوم یوناس یوناسون است که درایران منتشر می‌شود. این کتابی که من خواندم از نسخه‌ی آلمانی ترجمه شده و نشر چشمه و چرخ آن را منتشر کرده است و یک ترجمه دیگر هم به اسم «دختری که پادشاه سوئد را نجات داد» وجود دارد که از متن انگلیسی ترجمه شده و نشر آموت منتشر کردهکتاب روان و خوش [...]

    21. داستان این کتاب در مورد دختر 14 ساله ی اهل آفریقای جنوبی به نام نومبکو مایکی است که در یکی از تخلیه چاهی های بزرگترین حلبی آبادهای آفریقای جنوبی در دهه ی 70 میلادی کار می کند. جایی که از نظر آماری، انسانها هیچ آینده ای ندارند. در همان ابتدای داستان می بینم که نومبکو به صورت خیلی ات [...]

    22. Nah. Jangan baca buku ini kalau kamu tidak suka humor yang garing.Atau kalau sebenarnya kamu tidak peduli pada hubungan internasional, yang sebenarnya tidak ada yang baru sejak berabad2 silam.Iya, buku ini masih seperti buku pertama Jonasson yang ttg seorang manula 100 tahun yang ternyata punya hubungan dekat yang serba kebetulan dgn tokoh2 penting dunia. Di buku ini tokohnya adalah perempuan kulit hitam Afrika Selatan yang lahir tahun 1961 (kalo ga salah). Perempuan ini akhirnya tiba di Swedia, [...]

    23. Once again a great book by Jonas Jonasson! I loved how every page made me laugh out loud. I loved the names of the chapters. And I love how his main characters are the epitome of the phrase "born with a caul."! For someone who hates politics, I really enjoy the politics incorporated in his books, even though they're tweaked here and there… and everywhere really, but they're still actual politics at the core! “thanks to Police Inspector Loeffel for giving me facts that I later misrepresented [...]

    24. Hahaha hihihi hehehe =)) Trời ơi đây là tất cả những gì mà mình có thể nói về cuốn sách này. Lần đầu tiên mình thấy một cuốn sách mà làm mình buồn cười tới như vậy. Có nhiều khi đọc xong rồi mắc cười quá mà nghỉ lại thật ra mình lại… không nên cười. Mình chưa thấy có một ông tác giả nào mà miêu tả về cái chết của nhân vật mà lại bình thản như vậy. Mới câu trước còn sống, [...]

    25. This was on my To Be Read List for ages because I loved the 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window so much. I didn't love this one. It is still funny and clever, but the story gets a little long winded towards the end and while there is still plenty of action going on, so many improbably and hilariously weird circumstances, I just got a bit tired of it. I put this book on hold while I took some other books on holidays and coming back to it was difficult and I had to make myself finish it. W [...]

    26. انگار جداً این سوئدی‌ها خوب بلدند شبکه‌ی تودرتویی از شخصیت‌ها بسازند که در نهایت به یک نقطه‌ی خاص می‌رسند. داستان‌هایشان انگار افت و خیز ندارد؛ مدام اوج می‌گیرد.ـراستش، یک‌کم آخرهای کتاب حوصله‌ام سر رفت. به اندازه‌ی کتاب «پیرمرد صدساله‌ای که» کیف نکردم (پیرمرد صدساله [...]

    27. E-book is on sale today (6-21-15) for $1.99 so if it sounds good to you, go get it RIGHT NOW.The main character is a young black girl from Soweto, whose occupation at the outset is a latrine emptier. Through a series of strange, random and often involuntary events, she forces someone to teach her to read and then becomes an indentured servant to the incompetent man running the South Africa nuclear weapons program. If that sounds like a stretch, it's just the beginning as Nombeko Mayeki is clever [...]

    28. Now for something completely different this clever story, we meet a delightful, super brainy character from apartheid South Africa named Nombeko Mayeki. Hold on, this story is a long ride, where fantastic farce meets grim reality.The statistical probability that an illiterate in 1970s Soweto will grow up and one day find herself confined in a potato truck with the Swedish king and prime minister is 1 in 45,766, 212,810. This, according to the calculations of the aforementioned illiterate herself [...]

    29. Right from Nombeko Mayeki's humble beginnings as an "illiterate" latrine cleaner in apartheid South Africa, we are as impressed by her resilience and smarts as those with whom she interacts throughout her adventures. Starting as two very separate narratives, the historical and political events in the novel weave everything together seamlessly in Jonasson's quirky, humorous writing style. Nombeko finds herself leading a band of fugitives whose oddball members are all fleshed out in excellent deta [...]

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