Start Date: 15 January 2019
Finish Date: 8 March 2020
Source: Paperback (purchased in India by parents)
As delightfully wry and witty as his bestselling debut, ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’, this is a tale of how one woman’s attempt to change her future ended up changing everything. Nombeko Mayeki is on the run from the world’s most ruthless secret service – with three Chinese sisters, twins who are officially one person and an elderly potato farmer. Oh, and the fate of the King of Sweden – and the world – rests on her shoulders. Born in a Soweto shack in 1961, Nombeko was destined for a short, hard life. When she was run over by a drunken engineer her luck changed. Alive, but blamed for the accident, she was made to work for the engineer – who happened to be in charge of a project vital to South Africa’s security. Nombeko was good at cleaning, but brilliant at understanding numbers. The drunk engineer wasn’t – and made a big mistake. And now only Nombeko knows about it.
- Another in my list of happy and delightful reads. I found Jonas Jonasson thanks to a paperback of The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared which somebody had left behind at a hotel I was vacationing at. I laughed out loud while reading it, and then promptly forgot all about it until I was at a bookshop with my parents, and suggested they get it. They laughed just as much, bought the other books, and brought them to Singapore last year. I started last year, then forgot to continue, and finally finished the book this year. It was worth it.
- “I’m going to write a book about a rogue nuclear bomb in Sweden. It’ll be a comedy.” Jonas Jonasson, I salute you.
- A complaint I made about the Bollywood movie Shaandaar was that it was two good plots that were combined into one bad movie. But here… there are three good plots (bonkers republicanism meets identical twins, rogue nuclear bomb, Chinese forgers) that are combined together and which fit together with no problem whatsoever. That is some craftsmanship right there.