zondag 22 mei 2016

DNF - Jonas Jonasson: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden


I could not finish this book.
After 149 pages I just had to give up.

“On June 14, 2007, the king and the prime minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the royal castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill, but 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, be it from drugs, alcohol, or just plain despair. 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 tale merges with then diverges from reality. South Africa developed six nuclear missiles in the 1980s, then voluntarily dismantled them in 1994.
This is the story of 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 system and the most terrifying secret service in the world. The fate of the planet now lies in Nombeko's hands. Jonasson introduces us to a cast of eccentrics: a nerve-damaged American Vietnam deserter, twin brothers who are officially only one person, three careless Chinese girls, an angry young woman, a potato-growing baroness, the Swedish king and the prime minister. Quirky and utterly unique, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is a charming and humorous account of one young woman's unlikely adventure.”

Hell, I did not like this book at all.

The book was silly, absurd (not in a fun way) and too far-fetched.
It is outlandish, improbable and, to be honest, just lazy. The writing and the plot are too easy and too convenient. It’s so simple. Anyone can write something like this. Improbable event after improbable event, hoping readers will find it funny and different. It is childish, clumsy, amateurish and really tedious to read.
 There’s so much meandering about side characters we never see again that it really got on my nerves.
And I just did not care for the characters. Not one of them.

Jonasson was trying way too hard to write a humorous, bizarre story and be different from other writers.
He did not succeed.

Did Not Finish – NO STARS

Happy reading!