This book is a little bit different.
The style of writing is very fun and quirky as you are led on a mad romp of nuclear bombs, Swedish anarchy and a South African cleaner who saves the King of Sweden.
The main characters are very likeable and well written. You instantly fall in love with the quirky nature of this novel right until the very end.
The novel focuses first on Nombeko Mayeki. A black girl in apartheid era South Africa. She begins life in the sewage works and makes her way up to manager. Life is going pretty well until she is knocked down by an engineer. Nombeko is blamed and sentence to work for the engineer for 7 years.
When she arrives at his place of work and living she realised that it is infact a life sentence. The engineer is working on building a nuclear bomb for South Africa.
With Nombeko’s help he is successful. Except he builds seven bombs instead of six. So the seventh is off the books and he plans to sell it to Israel who are working with South Africa.
Nombeko plans her escape and together with the bomb she makes her way to Sweden.
Enter Holger and Holger, twins who officially exist as one person. Raised by their fanatical father who has become obsessed with bringing down the monarchy Holger One is just as stupid and fanatical. Holger two thinks his brother and father are ridiculous. After their father’s death Holger Two spends his time keeping Holger One and his fanatical girlfriend out of trouble.
Enter Nombeko. She stumbles into Holger Two’s life along with her nuclear bomb and three Chinese sisters, who worked with her in South Africa.
What follows is many years of working out how to tell the King of Sweden there is a nuclear bomb in his country.
Eventually, at a public gala, Nombeko meets the Chinese Ambassador who she knew many years ago and gets a message to the Prime Minister and King of Sweden.
Holger One and his fanatical girlfriend then decide this is a good time to kidnap the King and the Prime Minister.
After an evening of frivolity at the girlfriend’s grandmother’s house the nuclear bomb is disposed of by way of the Chinese Ambassador. Nombeko diffuses the entire situation saving everyone’s life and earning the unending gratitude of the King of Sweden.
This book has received mixed reviews and honestly I can understand this. When Nombeko reaches Sweden it is literally years until she manages to get rid of the bomb. During this time the scenarios become a little bizarre and unrealistic.
However, I enjoyed this wacky romp of a story. I did struggle a little once Nombeko reached Sweden but once through it the ending was enjoyable and a fitting end to the tale.
If you’re looking for a well written, wacky novel that’s a little bit different I would definitely recommend the Girl who saved the King of Sweden.
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