genre: satiric fiction
synopsis: a south african woman finds herself in the unlikely position of saving a nation and its king
setting: johannesburg, rsa; stockholm, sweden
what i loved: this book reminded me so much of candide. for those of you who have read both, i think you’ll see what i’m talking about. for those of you have only read candide and enjoyed it, you’ll really like the girl who saved the king of sweden. for those of you who have only read tgwstkos, you’ll really like candide.
what i’m still thinking about: in candide, voltaire mocks optimism. but i couldn’t quite figure out what jonasson is mocking. i could see jonasson is making a statement regarding nuclear weapons, but i can’t quite work out where he’s going with it. that doesn’t bother me – i think it’s a good thing that i’m still thinking about this and i enjoy when a book gives me something to puzzle over long after i’ve read it.
trigger warning: racism, ethnic slurs, sexual harassment
final thoughts: if you love sarcasm, dry wit, or irony, read this book!