The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden was released here in the UK last week, and I just finished it yesterday. You can certainly tell that it’s by Jonas Jonasson: echoes of The Hundred Year Old Man are everywhere in the novel.
Some may say that this makes it a bit predictable – what with nuclear weapons, top-tier world leaders and awful coincidences cropping up everywhere – but the wider themes at the backbone of the novel remind me why I enjoy Jonasson’s writing so much.
|The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson: an inspiring – albeit not perfect- second novel.|
A brief summary
Yet Jonasson works his magic, and her world collides with Swedish royalty, a twin who technically doesn’t exist and Israeli Mossad agents. The fate of Sweden lies in Nombeko’s hands (something greatly facilitated by her extraordinary intelligence), and we realise that anything is possible in this novel.
Read it and feel inspired to do great things too
Degrees are achieved, political feats are accomplished, newspapers are set up, potato companies boom, and both millions and lifelong friends are earned.
If you’re in need of some inspiration to stop procrastinating and get on and do something (very much like me as of late), see if Jonas Jonasson can help you out.
I’d definitely recommend The Hundred Year Old Man as a starting point for readers new to Jonasson, but The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden has energy in the writing, memorable characters, and inspiration to apply to your own life.
Have you read it yet, or are you keen to? I’m looking forward to the reviews of other bloggers!