Exotically imaginative and audaciously funny, The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden is another wonderful example of Jonasson’s witty and entertaining writing style. Following on from the success of his debut novel, once again Jonasson spins an irreverent and impossible narrative, born from small beginnings surging ever on towards the large and the great.
In a history lesson fueled by the bizarre and unlikely, Jonasson creatively intertwines fact with fiction. Conjuring amazing characters from ordinary backgrounds, The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden molds its character’s lives to become intrinsic with major events and people of the past. From corrupt politicians and atomic bombs, to a pair of Swedish twins who are legally the same person, this novel has more than its fill of the grande and the strange.
What amazes most about Jonasson’s characters is their ability to be simultaneously brilliant and confoundedly stagnant. Set in the quiet backdrop of the well organised and polite Sweden, years seem to pass by in the most peculiar circumstances, only to be up-heaved by a moment of pure unlikelihood. The result is a narrative the reader can only ever remain surprised at.
Bold, funny and compellingly creative, The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden bears all the hallmarks of a bestseller.
Length: 432 (4th Estate)
Overall Rating: 4 stars
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