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Preview — The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puértolas
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe: A novel
A charmingly exuberant comic debut from an exciting new literary voice, and a “quirky, hilarious, elegantly written farce” (The Daily Telegraph), The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe is the globetrotting story of a trickster from rural India and his adventure of a lifetime.
When the fakir—a professional con artist—arrives in Paris, h
It's racist, transphobic and sexist, but most of all RACIST all the fucking time. And I wish I could say "oh, it's well-written and funny, such a shame with all the racism", but NO it's NOT funny, it's not well-written, it has nothing going for i ...more
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe (or L’extraordinaire voyage du fakir qui était resté coincé dans une armoire Ikea) is the debut novel by Romain Puértolas that has been marketed to fans of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (or Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann) by Jonas Jonasson. For the purpose of making things easier (and ...more
Lisbon 17 September 2014.
I wonder who was responsible for all the conversions of Ajatashatru? I'm certain it was ...more
"The first word spoken by the Indian man Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod upon his arrival in France was, oddly enough, a Swedish word. Ikea. That was what he said in a quiet voice."
Thus spoken to a taxi driver at the airport, and thus begins an astonishing debut novel, and the start of a madcap journey across several countries. Oghash has come to Paris with only a counterfeit 100-euro note (printed on only one si ...more
While I like some of the wordplay and wit, the references to immigration and the all-round human angle, I'm deeply disturbed by the way the 'good countries' are depicted juxtaposed against the rest of the world. The author paints an exotic picture of India with maharajas and snakes, bed of nails and the fakir. Really? Weird Buddha and Shiva references. This is not just lazy writing, but a very privileged and if I may use the word, 'colonial' voice from which the story is narrated. ...more
Maybe I'm being a little harsh with the rating, but unfortunately I found this extremely boring and repetitive. I appreciate the author’s good intentions, but you can’t tackle complicated subjects like the refugee crisis and racism in such an overly simplistic way. Also, for a book which tries so hard to preach that every human being is worthy of a better future and respect, it surely is filled with too many stereotypes and prejudices.
Lost potential; that pretty much sums it up.
A few days after reading that awful book, whose only merit lies in its shortness, I finally understood what the humour reminded me of and why I hated it so much.
There's a very strong taste in this book of Borat, the supposedly hilariously funny movie about that Uzbek mousta ...more
In the store he meets Marie! And since the bed of nails can't be delivered to the next day and he has no money to stay in a hotel, he ...more
I see quite some reviews here of people that are offended by this book. I feel like they need some more life e ...more
It was funny, but many a times, I found it to be silly as well. I felt the ending was consigned into a happy one just for the sake of it, and (view spoiler)[as Ajatashatru feels, "no matter how hard or dark the stories were, they usually finished with a happy ending, a hint of hope. As if the story were a long dark tunnel and the last page the light at the end." (hide spoiler)]
Assim, se quisesse aceder à zona de self-service situada no rés do chão, o cliente era obrigado a subir ao primeiro andar, percorrer um gigantesco e interminável corredor que serpenteava entre quartos, salas e cozinhas em exposição, cada espaço mais bonito do que o anterior, passar por um restaurante aliciante, comer umas almôndegas ou wraps de salmão e só depois descer à secção de vendas para finalmente efetuar as suas compras. Em suma, uma pessoa que quisesse comprar três parafusos e duas cavilhas saía quatro horas depois com uma cozinha equipada e uma boa indigestão.
Os suecos, pessoas muito previdentes, tinham inclusive desenhado uma linha amarela no chão para indicar o caminho a seguir, não fosse dar-se o caso de um visitante ter a má ideia de se desviar do rumo certo.”