The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Title: The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Translator:Marcalais Fransisca
Publisher: Penerbit Bentang
March 2015
554 pages

After successfully entertaining his readers in his debut, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, this Swedish writer, Jonas Jonasson is back with his new awesome adventure involving an African girl, a bomb and a man frustrated ambition to overthrow the king of Sweden. What a festival of adventure.

As usual the writer delivers a bunch of eccentric characters with the main cast is Nombeko, a Soweto girl, three Chinese sisters practised in the arts of poisoning dogs, an alcoholic South African nuclear bomb engineer, twin sons who named Holger One, the idiot, while Holger Two is the smart one. Let's explore their unpredictable trip when they find themselves confined in a potato truck with the king and the Swedish Prime Minister in 2007.

Still with his way of absurdity, the writer tells the story in a playful way. Although several facts on political issues are correct yet just don't take it seriously. I am sure the writer background as a journalist for many years completed his research on the setting of his novels and the most enjoyable part for me is his Nordic humour, it's just crazy. Absolutely fun. Thoroughly enjoyable.