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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden (original 2013; edition 2014)

by Jonas Jonasson (Author)

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"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 Nombeko 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"--from publisher's web site.… (more)
Title:The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Authors:Jonas Jonasson (Author)
Info:London: Fourth Estate, 2014
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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (2013)

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I loved Jonasson's previous book the 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, so had high expectations for this one. I was a little disappointed. There were two separate stories going on and jumping around in time at the beginning so it was a little confusing. Once I got halfway through, I enjoyed the rest of the book. It was a little crazy, quirky and silly, but enjoyable. The main characters are not the most likable, but the situations they get themselves in save the story. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
A humorous story well told. The author waves the story well and brings all the prices of the puzzle together well. Worth a read. ( )
  Neale | Dec 28, 2018 |
I read this book while on pain killers for foot surgery and a subsequent infection. It was just what I needed . No deep thinking, an absolutely ridiculous plot and goofy characters. It made for fun, no-thinking required reading while recovering from medical complications ( )
  brangwinn | Aug 5, 2018 |
Quirky, funny, sharp but too long ( )
  tandah | May 18, 2018 |
I have to admit I like this author's style of writing and sense of humour, although it may not be for everyone. ( )
  paulhock | Feb 23, 2018 |
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In some ways they were lucky, the latrine emptiers in South Africa's largest Shantytown. After all, they had both a job and a roof over their heads.
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