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From the author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared comes a picaresque tale of how one person's actions can have far-reaching-even global-consequences On 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.

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Paperback, 419 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Fourth Estate (first published 2013)
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Maria Papadosifou Much better than "the hundred year old man" . I laughed more , I liked the characters more , I enjoyed the story more .
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Myriam Schärz
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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switterbug (Betsey)
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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. ...more
Valarie
May 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michael
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-books
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 ...more
FeReSHte
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweden
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 اثار یوناسون بود ولی شنیده ها و خونده های تجربه ی سایرین ثابت کرده یک کتاب از یوناسون به نمایندگی از همه ی آثارش برای همه ی عمرتون کفایت می کنه. یوناسون برای بی حوصلگی ها و خستگی ها می تونست حتی بهترین انتخاب باشه اگر ...more
Phrynne
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Tea Jovanović
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%.
Paria
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1397, favorites
اخیرا هر کتابی رو که شروع به خوندنش میکردم به قدر کافی جذاب نبود، واسه همینم کلی کتاب نصفه و نیمه دارم. دیشب قبل از خواب شروع به خوندن این کتاب کردم و قصد داشتم فقط چند صفحشو بخونم. به قدری جذاب بود که با وجود امتحانات میانترم، تا صبح بیدار موندم و چهارصد و خورده ای صفحش رو یک نفس خوندم. واقعااا عااالی بود. به شدت جذاب و با قسمت های طنز واقعا بامزه. به ندرت پیش میاد یه کتاب یا فیلم طنز بتونه منو بخندونه، ولی با بعضی قسمت های این کتاب با صدای بلند خندیدم. کتاب "پیرمرد صدساله ای که از پنجره بیرون ...more
Laura
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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ليلي
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: دارمشان
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 نگذره...
واسه همین م این چار ستاره رو دادم!
هرچند، دیگه فکر نکنم دلم بخواد بازم کتابی از ش بخونم...
Anna
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 πήδηξε από το παράθυρο και εξαφανίστηκε) αρκετές φορές η υπόθεση γινόταν κουραστική ,ενώ σε αυτό εδώ όλα κυλούσαν ευχάριστα και ο συγγραφέας δεν έπεσε σε καμία κούρμπα.Ταυτόχρονα πιστεύω ότι αποτελεί και ένα από τα καλύτερα ...more
MTK
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Λίγα δεύτερα βιβλία διατηρούν την φρεσκάδα του πρώτου πονήματος ενός συγγραφέα, αλλά ο συγκεκριμένος το κατάφερε. Κι επιπλέον μάλλον κατάφερε επίσης να δημιουργήσει ένα νέο είδος, το παραμύθι του 21ου αιώνα.
Ms.pegasus
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a humor-filled book
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 ...more
Peter
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 passgenau ineinander gr
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Lela
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
سیده زهرا
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 ندارند، نه تنها خسته کننده نیست، بلکه گاهی اوقات آگاهی بخش هم هست.
پیشنهاد من اینه که با فاصله کم از هم، دو کتاب گفته شده رو نخونید. چون ممکنه به نظرتون شبیه به هم بیاد.
به عنوان آخرین تلاش برای ترغیب کردنتون برای خون
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Milan Trpkovic
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bắp
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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]
Yoka
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 van ...more
Marianne
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 ...more
Христо Блажев
С атомна бомба в ръчния багаж: http://knigolandia.info/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 скочи през прозореца и изчезна”, но после се зачиташ и се забавляваш безспир часове наред. Дори си мисля, че “Неграмотното момиче, което можеше да смята” вероятно ще получи още по-добър прием от читател
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mohsen pourramezani
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 کرده
کتاب روان و خوشخوانی است و مانند کتب اول نویسنده (مرد صد ساله ای که از پنجره پرید و ناپدید شد) داستان کتاب پر از اتفاق و ماجراهایی است که در یک بستر تاریخی واقعی (بعد از جنگ جهانی دوم تا سال 2010) و به زبان طنز روایت می شود

کتاب اول نویسند
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Roya MD
اون قدرام بد نبودا... ولی احساس می کنم وقتمو تلف کردم
Farzane
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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 اتفاقی به ریاست اداره تخلیه چاه ناحیه ب سوئتو منصوب می شود. دختری که با اینکه از هوش سرشاری برخوردار است هیچ گاه شانس تحصیل در مدرسه را به دست نیاورده است. چرا که : " از بین این همه کشور در دنیا، دخترک درست در آفریقای جن ...more
Bunga Mawar
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,
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Lujain
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 in m
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Uyên Khôi
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, câu sau đã chết queo =))) Mà mình nói thiệt ý, cái ông này viết sách đọc hài kinh luôn =)))

Việt Nam có được nhắc đến 2-3 lần g
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Bridget
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
حسین
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.ـ
راستش، یککم آخرهای کتاب حوصلهام سر رفت. به اندازهی کتاب «پیرمرد صدسالهای که...» کیف نکردم (پیرمرد صدساله... فارست گامپِ سوئدی بود و شاهکار). این یکی داستانی زیبا و دلنشین بود که کاش صد صفحه کوتاهتر میشد تا در اوج خداحافظی کند.ـ

بههرحال، طرفدارهای ادبیات طنز (خصوصاً سیاسی) بههیچوجه از دستش ندهند. اگر هم مثل من باید وسطِ کتابهای سخت کتابهای خوشخو
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Priya
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-to-read, give-up
I enjoyed it for the first few chapters 'coz of the writing style and the anticipation of a good story. And then somewhere along the way, the style became too boring for my liking and the story kept meandering this way and that...and well...I tried! But life's too short to force myself to complete a book that I'm clearly not enjoying, so there. It's probably a 2 or 3 star book if you dont mind the lack of descriptive prose and if dry humor is your thing. :-)
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After a long career as a journalist, media consultant and television producer, Jonas Jonasson decided to start a new life. He wrote a manuscript, he sold all his possessions in Sweden and moved to a small town by Lake Lugano in Switzerland, only a few meters from the Italian border.

The manuscript became a novel. The novel became a phenomenon in Sweden, and now it is about to reach the rest of the
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