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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not that it's impossible to be named Per Persson or, for that matter, Jonas Jonasson, but some might find it monotonous" - and a brief summary of the life and misfortunes of our titular Hitman, Johan Andersson. He’s sort of a PG-Hitman in that he breaks arms and legs but doesn’t kill anyone (though he has done in the past). Unlike Jonas Jonasson's other novel, this one didn't manage to impress me and I even thought about DNFing it at some points. Of course it is the characters that carry the story as we move from one highly unlikely situation to another.

After the main characters had been introduced, it was a lot less funny, albeit not without the odd laugh. I got The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared as a present from my husband when it came out as I’d been commenting on what a great cover and title it was. 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.

Conniving, imaginative, quick-witted and vindictive, the priest is easily the most fascinating and enjoyable of the trio - with the Hitman a simple foil, and the receptionist an out-of-his-depth sidekick for the bulk of the story - but this is nevertheless an ensemble piece: the very traits that make the priest the stand-out, and most proactive character of the group are also what make her incapable of coping on her own.

Initially unnoticed by them, Hitman Anders embarks on an existential crisis that plays out in early morning drinking and unreasonable violence towards inanimate objects. After a long career as a journalist, media consultant and television producer, Jonas Jonasson decided to start a new life. The three get together and put together a very unusual business plan that is supposed to make them all very rich. Anders’ sudden interest in religion might be good for his soul but it’s not good for business, and the vicar and the receptionist have to find a new plan, quick.Together they cook up an idea for a very unusual business that’s going to make them all a fortune – but then all of a sudden, and to everyone’s surprise, Anders finds Jesus . I think the aim is supposed to be black humour, but black humour only really works if you feel something for its subjects. If that sounds odd then that's because the book is odd, wonderfully so with quirky characters and a plot that despite its absurdities carries the reader from page to page, a smile never far from his/her face. What’s more, thug-as-born-again-Christian sounds like a premise with plenty of comic potential, at least on this side of the Atlantic.

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