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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  9,047 Ratings  ·  992 Reviews
A madcap new novel from the #1 internationally bestselling author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Hitman Anders, recently out of prison, is doing small jobs for the big gangsters. Then his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who also happens to be an atheist), and a homeless rece
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published September 23rd 2015)
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Steve Atkinson I have to agree. While I totally enjoyed "the 100 year old man" and liked his "girl who saved the King of Sweden", I found this time the magic wore…moreI have to agree. While I totally enjoyed "the 100 year old man" and liked his "girl who saved the King of Sweden", I found this time the magic wore off. Perhaps it's something lost in the translation from Swedish to English but this time it didn't work. (less)

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John Martin
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some people would hate this novel. I loved it and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.
I honestly haven’t laughed as much at this kind of religious irreverence since I read God Knows, by Joseph Heller (who also wrote Catch 22). So the writer of this book, Jonas Jonasson, is in good company indeed.
I knew from the start I was going to like this book.
It takes black comedy to new heights. It’s farce. It’s madcap. It takes the funny bone and gives it a damn good thrashing.
I suspect the author delivers some
Sam Quixote
Mar 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose “minor spoilers ahead” but do yourself a favour and avoid this crummy novel altogether.

A dim-witted thug called Hitman Anders is taken advantage of by a receptionist and a priest as they advertise his criminal services in the papers and pocket a managerial fee. He’s sort of a PG-Hitman in that he breaks arms and legs but doesn’t kill anyone (though he has done in the past). Then one day he discovers Jesus and gives up his wicked ways. Whatever will the receptionist and the priest do fo
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Από το συγγραφέα του "100χρονου που πήδηξε από το παράθυρο και εξαφανίστηκε" (το προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα) και της "αναλφάβητης που ήξερε να μετράει" (δεν το έχω διαβάσει, αλλά καλό θα είναι, το προτείνω κι αυτό, αν δεν σας αρέσει σιγά μη με βρείτε να μου ζητήσετε τα ρέστα), έρχεται το καινούριο έπος, "ο Άντερς ο φονιάς και οι φίλοι του". Α.k.a. φίλοι του μια παστόρισσα που δεν πιστεύει στο Θεό αλλά έγινε κληρικός γιατί την πίεζε ο πατέρας της να τιμήσει την οικογενειακή παράδοση και ένας ρεσεψιονί ...more
Христо Блажев
Убиеца Андерш и неговите приятели ще ви набият, утешат и вдъхновят:

Юнас Юнасон се завръща – и е тройно по-хаплив. След изключително забавните “Стогодишният старец, който скочи през прозореца и изчезна” и “Неграмотното момиче, което можеше да смята” очаквах следващата му книга с огромно нетърпение, защото със сигурност е от най-непредвидимите автори. Ако при Фредрик Бакман вече знаем, че неминуемо ще ни отведе сред сърцеразтапяща история, то при Юнасон оч
Hákon Gunnarsson
Since I read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared I have been a fan of Jonas Jonasson. He is in my view is one of the best humor writers in Scandinavia at the moment.

This book has a very similar humor as was in The Hundred Year Old Man, but somehow the scale of it is much smaller. It's not a globe-trotting affair, but sticks to Sweden completely. Even so it works on the same principle, a certain kind of "unusual" heroes, and a wildly improbable plot. All of whi
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
DNF at 65% I really enjoyed Jonasson's other books, but the narrative style and plot structure felt tired in this iteration. Like paper that has been recycled too many times it has lost its integrity.

None of the characters were in any way relate-able, which isn't always a bad thing, but in this case it just meant that the poorly structured plot stood out, rather than hiding behind quirky but amusing personalities.

This book was a disappointment, but it doesn't tarnish my enjoyment of his other w
Giss Golabetoon
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the orginal title of the book is Hitman Anders and His Friends, but I must say i like the translation title better, and i like the translation as much as i like Johansson's way of narrating everything, it is so objectively subjective, so pleasantly familiar ans surprising, so overwhelmingly simple, and so elaborately complicated.
The opening chapters are promising, as translator Rachel Willson-Broyles tries to channel Douglas Adams’ dry humour. And the paragraphs introducing hapless naif Per Persson are are as typically, amusingly Jonasson as anything in the author's hit debut The Hundred Year Old Man, creating absurd levity from a crummy situation: his destructive family, and his job manning reception at a run-down former brothel, now a budget hotel popular with ex-cons and other shady sorts - and the character's everym ...more
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is the third novel by Swedish author, Jonas Jonasson. It is translated from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles. Hitman Anders (Johan Andersson) fell into his profession by accident rather than by design. And after spending most of his adult life in jail for it, he emerged at the age of fifty-six vowing to stop killing, drinking alcohol and taking pills. He would still maim, though, for a price: a man has to live, after all.

He takes a room at the Sea Point H
Britt-Marie Kullin
Betyg: 3 av 5.

För fem år sedan så läste jag ”Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann” och den fick en fyra i betyg från mig.

För två år sedan så läste jag ”Analfabeten som kunde räkna” och den fick en femma i betyg från mig.

Nu har jag läst ”Mördar-Anders och hans vänner (samt en och annan ovän)” och den får en trea i betyg från mig.

Helt okej bok, bra skriven, dråplig och underhållande. Men tyvärr så fångade den inte mig på samma sätt som Jonas Jonassons två tidigare böcker har gjor
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: June 25th 2016
Rating 1,5qqq

"If only children could be free of all that crap previous generations had gathered up for them, he said, perhaps it would bring some clarity to their lives."

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Imogen Kathleen
I rated this book as 2 stars as more of a reflection of my personal enjoyment of the book than as a reflection of the quality of the book. On one hand, I am sure that this book is a good book for some, but it just did not suit my sense of humour and I felt the jokes were repeated so often that they just became dull and irritating to read.
I had previously read 'The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden' and enjoyed it; this book just didn't hold the same charm for me. After around the first 100 pag
Eva Lucia
Also posted on Eva Lucias blog (detailed review)

Jonas Jonasson has a special place in my heart.
I read his two first novels and was expecting a lot of this one - of course, I wasn't disappointed!

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Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Купих книгата с ясното съзнание, че ми се чете нещо лековато, което ще забравя на мига.
От тази гледна точка е ОК, иначе ми допадна по-малко от Стогодишния старец и Неграмотното момиче.
Очевидно обаче подобни книги (както и Уве и останалите на. Бакман) прекрасно се справят с разказването на захаросано-сълзливи истории, които докарват 90% от хората до екстаз.
Което е страхотно, стига всичките истории да не бяха като извадени от калъп.
Elīna Jurberga
aj, sākums bija tik cerīgs, likās, ka atkal tikšu ierauta dzirkstošu joku un absurda pasaulē, taču šoreiz bija pārlieku daudz absurda un pārāk maz labu joku. bija interesanti, taču ik pa laikam garlaicība ņēma virsroku.

vairāk šeit -
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
DNF on page 1. Pretty much after the first sentence. Which is a new record. (I also skimmed the rest of chapter 1 and decided it's just not worth my time). In my defense, I got this for Christmas from my aunt who regularly gets me bestsellers thinking she can't go wrong there. I wasn't going to read it for that title alone (Not even my 90-years-old grandpa says "nebst". Just saying... I know, it's supposed to make it sound oh so clever and all, but it just annoys me to no end because it sounds p ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Σαφώς λιγότερο καλό από τα άλλα δύο του συγγραφέα. Πάντως διαβάζεται ευχάριστα.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few smiles but not enough laughs. 3/5 stars.

This review was originally posted on my book blog.

I read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared a few years ago - in Spanish I might add. It was one of my book club choices back in Spain and I enjoyed it more than everyone else who just thought it was odd. I, on the other hand, liked how it played with twentieth century history, and the present-day section contained some decent laughs. So I was looking forward to read
3.5 Stars

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I've been planning to read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window for years, but somehow never managed to. But when I was offered a review copy of Jonas Jonasson's third novel, it seemed a good chance to finally dive into the world I had heard so much about it.

Hitman Anders, just released from prison, is being exploited by a receptionist and a priest, until one day he finds Jesus and stops his former ways of kil
Helen Marquis
Having loved Jonas Jonasson's previous tomes "The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared" and "The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden" I was super excited to get my hands on his latest effort "Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All". Sadly, it was a bit of a disappointment.
While no author should just keep doing the same thing over and over again, to me this tale felt too far removed from Jonasson's previous style to have me falling in love with the characters. Whilst
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
HITMAN ANDERS AND THE MEANING OF IT ALL. (2016). Jonas Jonasson. **.
I was really looking forward to reading this latest novel by the author of “The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” I thought that that novel was a terrific read, full of humor and a plot line that kept you riveted to the page. All I can say about this latest work is that it didn’t have any egregious errors in grammar up to about page 50; after that I can’t guarantee because I didn’t get that far. There
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Йонас Йонасон (както и Уве-Бабата-Брит Мари-Фредрик Бакман) трябва да се чете с по една книга. И край, толкова. Защото всяка следваща е повторение на първата, и е предвидима и скучна.
Жалко, защото на първата му книга се забавлявах и смях, но със следващите това не се случи.
Mientras Leo
Un humor parecido a los anterioes, pero esta vez me ha costado más empatizar
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
L'analfabeta non era già all'altezza del centenario, che aveva la Storia a fare da sfondo.

Qui la trama è inconsistente e si sorride poco.
Fine delle idee di Jonas.
Milan Trpkovic
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Negde između 3 i 4. Dobar je Junason, ali ne kao i onaj sa kojim sam se prvi put susreo prilikom čitanja "Stogodišnjaka".
Randa Mashnouk
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the catchy title and author's name, the lovely cover, funny lines and other weird factors –like a crazy apical x-ray bookmark– one ought to give this book a good rate.
One of the richest vocabulary I've ever read in a book, and also the first funny story with many many events!
"It's never too late to start again. And again. And again."
Every character in the book, no matter how bizzare they seemed, was a special one.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mörder Anders hat schon dreimal wegen Mordes gesessen. Doch damit ist jetzt Schluss. Er will sein Leben ändern und die Zukunft auf freiem Fuß verbringen. Ein neuer Job und neue Freunde müssen her. Die atheistische Pfarrerin Johanna, die aufgrund eben dieser Haltung selber arbeitslos geworden ist, wittert eine neue Geschäftsidee. Zusammen mit Per, dem Rezeptionisten des Hotels, in dem alle drei Zuflucht gefunden haben, gründen sie eine "Körperverletzungsagentur" mit Mörder Anders in der Hauptroll ...more
Julie Mestdagh
Met zijn derde boek "Mördar-Anders och hans vänner (samt en och annan ovän)" tapt Johan Jonasson voor de derde keer uit hetzelfde vaatje. Waar de lezer nog steeds getrakteerd wordt op hilarische dialogen, bij het haar getrokken redeneringen en vaak rake steken onder water met betrekking tot de huidige maatschappij, de Zweedse politiek enz., ondermijnt het verhaal zelf deze keer de kracht van het boek, naar mijn mening. Om één of andere reden vond ik het verhaal van de honderdjarige of het bommen ...more
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-reads
Believe it or not, Hitman Anders was my first foray into the madcap world of Jonas Jonasson. You would have thought that with previous titles such as The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, that might have given me a clue as to what to expect, but the answer is no!
Let's set the scene. Hitman Anders has just served a prison sentence for murder. In his mind, he's spent far too much time in there already, so he decides to tone it down by limiting himself to breaking limb
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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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