Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

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In my defense, I got this for Christmas from my aunt who regularly gets me bestsellers thinking she can't go wrong there. In writing this review, I don't really have any thoughts to share on the characters or the plot -- they were just kind of there, and I read about what they did, and then the book was done. The characters are all so morally corrupt, that no matter how much good they try to do, it always left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson is a hilarious well written book about three extremely different characters coming together in an extraordinary scheme.

From the author of the international bestseller The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared , a brilliant satirical novel set in modern Sweden--a story of idealism and fanaticism, gangsters and entrepreneurs, sensationalism and spirituality, that explores the values that matter in contemporary life. I don't know if it's the translation (which to me always sounds a bit condescending, like someone tried to make this Literature? And perhaps that was amplified by having met the same plot point in another book only a couple of weeks ago - an insufficiently entertaining con-artist character swindling innocent people and not regretting it, in Valeria Luiselli's The Story of My Teeth. This episode is at least mitigated by some entertaining supporting characters who are themselves no saints. It's main characters are a hitman who enjoys breaking legs and various other limbs for money, until he starts reading the Bible; a woman priest sacked from her job who doesn't believe in God but has a brilliant brain for business, and a male receptionist at the hotel where the hitman is staying after release from prison for the nth time.Like the author’s previous outings, Hitman Anders was a low-effort read that rattled along at a fair pace. Together they cook up an idea for an enterprising venture involving Swedish gangsters that is set to make them all a fortune--until, all of a sudden and to everyone's surprise, Anders finds Jesus. Having enjoyed another book the same author much more, I will be open to reading at least one more of his books to see if I might enjoy it more than this one. This dearth of story development, coupled with characters who - while initially pleasingly odd - aren't particularly loveable or even interesting, meant the story failed to grip me. In fact, I have been considering a DNF at various points in the story and decided to skim-read the last part because I just couldn't take it any longer.

But then he realises that they have a lot in common, and so he embarks on a romantic relationship with her to complement their business relationship.Jonas Jonasson làm mình nhớ tới giọng văn Hồ Anh Thái, cũng kiểu châm biếm vui đùa nhưng sâu xa và đầy ẩn ý. All in all, if you want to read a novel that doesn't take too much effort and, in a diverse way (considering the subject matter), does have a feel-good factor rather like watching a farce on television or in the theatre, then give this a go. The opening chapters are promising, as translator Rachel Willson-Broyles tries to channel Douglas Adams’ dry humour. Maybe that’s the satirical element – is Jonas Jonasson saying that Swedish gangsters get away with blatant crimes? Hitman Anders is fresh out of prison and trying to keep his head down when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who happens to be an atheist), and a receptionist at a one star hotel (who happens to be currently homeless).

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