Friday, 8 August 2014

Book Club #6 - The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden

After throughly enjoying The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Jonas Jonasson's latest offering, The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden. I featured it in my summer reading list, and made sure to quickly snap it up. 

The story starts with Nombeko, a young black girl living and working in South Africa during apartheid. In true Jonasson fashion, Nombeko's story isn't straightforward and her goal to change her life for the better ends up changing the fate of the world. So yeah, pretty good going. Sadly, Nombeko is a rather unlucky character, but her quick wit and intelligence allows her to make the best out of all the bad situations she winds up in.

Matching my cushion to the cover, for the win.
I really enjoyed this book, and Jonasson's nonsensical style of writing. The characters were all interesting, easy to like and easy to root for. Of course, with this style of story, you basically have to take everything with a huge pinch of salt. Nombeko is meant to be a mathematics genius, so of course she is able to quickly calculate things and always be right. On the other hand, one character is a complete idiot, and you really do believe that he could do something so obviously stupid, in certain parts of the book. The joys of nonsense, ey?

I felt myself really getting into the characters and the story line - a few times I vocally jeered or cheered, which is completely normal - and much like Jonasson's debut, I devoured and loved The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden. 

Have you picked up The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden? What did you think?

Chelsea xo


  1. I've not read either of these books yet but I've been meaning to!

    Thanks for the comment on my post - good luck with your last year. We can console one another on twitter!

  2. They're really good, I'd definitely recommend them! Definitely going to need some consoling, that's for sure! :)

  3. I've wanted to read this because I loved his other one with the really long title :P


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  4. I enjoyed The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and I've got this one on our kindle - I'm glad you enjoyed it and I had to take his last book with a mighty pinch of salt I'd expect nothing from his other book! x

  5. You should, it's really good! :) x

  6. I hope you enjoy reading it then - you definitely need a dash of salt, that's for sure! x

  7. Oh I've got both this and the Hundred Year Old Man on my to read pile (is it ok to say that the covers drew me in first? It's true!) Home alone this weekend so planning to get my read a thing.
    Sexy new blog design too <3
    M x


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