Get ready to curl up with one of my favorite books:
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I was hooked on the need to read this The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden from the time I saw the cover, read the blurb, and fell in love with Nombeko Myeki, the feisty and intelligent lead who defies all odds. Nombeko is a maid from Soweto in South Africa who rises to great challenges.
While I was reading, I was transported back to the year and a half I lived in Uganda, and my subsequent trips to East Africa. I saw so much of the clever, witty, devil could care attitudes from the ladies I worked with in Nombeko. While the world views them as poor slum dwellers, they daily beat all odds and have some of the sharpest analytical minds. Nombeko is a mathematical genius, but no one believes she is capable of intelligence simply because she’s poor and her primary role falls in subsistence caregiving- another unfortunate reality I saw daily working in Uganda.
I read this before I read any of Jonasson’s other books. I fell in love with his quirk, his wit, and his humor in what could be a tense situation. I mean, we are dealing with a missing missile that Nombeko isn’t even supposed to know exists.
I found Nombeko to be hilarious, clever, and well put together. Her adventures and the way she approached issues brought light to the fact that sometimes the most clever minds are where we least expect them to be, and there is a large amount of undiscovered talent and thinkers hidden in poverty. She continually made the best out of every situation, from the engineer, to the Israeli’s, to losing 19 million Krona on a backpack strapped to an ill fated atomic bomb as it crushed through a fence and ran into a bonfire.
Overall, the cleverness of putting together a story like this requires much and if you can find the tiny nuances and laugh through the historical tie-ins with their new fictional history, it is truly a delight.
I will do my best with my Sunday reviews to not give away too much of the book, and instead, focus on if I think this is a worthy read or not. I think, or at least I hope, you can tell that with both hands down, both thumbs up, all the stars twinkling in the sky, I whole-heartedly recommend this book!