Friday, 7 October 2016 / book review
When I heard that Jonas Jonasson was releasing another book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. His previous offerings had been right up my street, and the title for this one immediately drew me in so I knew this would be a great book to get me out of a reading slump I had found myself in.
Like Jonasson's previous novels, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is completely nonsensical. The story is hilariously far fetched, but I don't think anyone would expect any different by now. Although Hitman Anders is the titular character, it mostly focuses on Pers Persson and Johanna Kjellander - who are mostly just referred to as the receptionist and the priest, respectively - who have decided to use Hitman Anders' skills for financial gain. And by skills I mean his murdery hitmanness. That all seems to be going well for the duo, until Hitman Anders is accidentally shown the way of God by the priest. An occupational hazard, if you will.
Although I enjoyed Hitman Anders, I did find myself leaving it for days on end before coming back to read it again. Luckily, as it's quite nonsensical, you can pretty much pick it up and immediately feel like you haven't been away for a while. The characters, for me, weren't as endearing as in Jonasson's previous novels, but I think the nature of this book lent to the fact that the characters were all a bit shady and didn't really require you to like or dislike anybody.
Overall, if you're a fan of Jonasson's other books I think you'll really enjoy Hitman Anders. If you haven't read anything by him and this is your first try, you'll love this if you like anything with crazy capers. Like a modern day Wacky Races - but with more inappropriate biblical references.
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