The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson & Rachel Willson-Broyles

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

By Jonas Jonasson & Rachel Willson-Broyles

  • Release Date: 2014-04-29
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 53 Ratings
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Description

Jonas Jonasson's picaresque tale of how one person's actions can have far-reaching—even global—consequences, written with the same light-hearted satirical voice as his bestselling debut novel, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.

On June 14th, 2007, the King and Prime Minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the Royal Castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill: the truth is different. The real story starts much earlier, in 1961, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in Soweto. Nombeko was fated to grow up fast and die early in her poverty-stricken township. But Nombeko takes a different path. She finds work as a housecleaner and eventually makes her way up to the position of chief advisor, at the helm of one of the world's most secret projects.

Here is where the story merges with, then diverges from reality. South Africa developed six nuclear missiles in the 1980s, then voluntarily dismantled them in 1994. This is a story about the seventh missile . . . the one that was never supposed to have existed. Nombeko Mayeki knows too much about it, and now she's on the run from both the South African justice and the most terrifying secret service in the world. She ends up in Sweden, which has transformed into a nuclear nation, and the fate of the world now lies in Nombeko's hands. 

Reviews

  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

    5
    By Sistah Souljah 13
    I bought hard copy in Amsterdam on my flight home began to read it. I instantly fell in love with Nombeko. Arrive home, the book became lost among the luggage. I bought another copy for my iPad. I could not put the book/iPad down (by the way…found the book the following day). I loved the twists and turns. I found myself laughing and gasping a loud! This a book that must be read by all!
  • Delightful romp through history

    5
    By Sukillionaire
    Love his style -- both charming and incredibly well researched. Highly recommend.
  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

    5
    By G-Granma
    Laugh out loud fun!
  • The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden

    5
    By Kay Calistoga
    I have never read a more convoluted tale before, unless it was James Joyce's Ulysses, which I never finished because it was to hard to follow. Amazingly enough, I could not only follow this delightful plot, I skipped along gleefully. The characters were so enchanting, so thoroughly human, that I found it easy to suspend disbelief and totally buy in to this unlikely situation. I knew, of course, that this tale would end happily. It was a classic comedy, after all, where both protagonists had less than nothing, but kept finding improbable solutions too impossible situations. They deserved their happy ending.

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