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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All (2016 original; edició 2016)

de Jonas Jonasson (Autore)

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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. In a former brothel turned low-rent hotel, the lives of three unusual strangers--a former female priest, recently fired from her church; the ruined grandson of an ex-millionaire working as a receptionist; and Killer-Anders, a murderer newly released from prison--accidently collide with darkly hilarious results. Seeing a lucrative opportunity in Killer-Anders, the unlikely trio form an unusual new business. The Priest and The Receptionist will handle strategy and public relations, and coordinate Killer-Anders' "missions." Using the media's obsessive need for sensational, headline-making stories to advertise their talent's superb "skill," they quickly build a clientele of rich Swedish gangsters. Suddenly, they're making an altogether different kind of killing of their own. But when Killer-Anders begins asking deeper questions about purpose and meaning, his curiosity leads him to an unexpected discovery: he finds Jesus. Desperate to save the money machine they've built, The Priest and The Receptionist devise an audacious plan utilizing Killer-Anders' newfound and decidedly fervent faith. Mischievous yet big-hearted, filled with Jonas Jonasson's trenchant humor and delightful twists, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is a delightful comic adventure that reminds us it's never to late to start over--and to discover what truly matters.… (més)
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Títol:Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All
Autors:Jonas Jonasson (Autore)
Informació:Fourth Estate Ltd (2016), Edition: 01, 384 pages
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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All de Jonas Jonasson (2016)

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I really enjoyed this complicated story, of dubious morals and nefarious intent. The story has so much humour. I wish I could speak Swedish to read the original, I’m sure it has marvellous wordplay, although the translation certainly has an enjoyable amount of same. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
3.5 Quirky and unusual cast of characters in improbably situations with an understated narration which makes for a pretty funny story overall. Hitman Anders is an ex-con, living in a motel which is staffed by receptionist Per Persson who crosses paths with priest-turned-atheist Johanna Kjellander. This unholy trinity forms a lucrative business doing small "hits" for local criminals - Hitman Anders is not the brightest bulb, so he does the grunt work while the Receptionist and the Priest cash in, taking a huge cut and basically managing the business. Then Hitman Anders gets religion and gets off pills and booze (except communion wine)- an ironic outcome for the Priest-- and the business goes belly-up when Anders will no longer harm his fellow man. The Priest and the Receptionist who are now a couple are not ready to give up the gravy train, so they go with the flow of this new twist and create the mega-church of Anders, which distributes massive amounts of free wine and a nonsensical sermon from Anders with lots of coaching from the Priest and a sprinkling of Hosannas. The collections are staggering and the group is again flush with cash, but they are also the target of the criminal element they left hanging with a number of unfinished but paid for bad deeds before Anders turned good. This all converges in a hilarious way - no good scam ever lasts forever, but the Priest and Receptionist are survivors and have one more good trick up their sleeves for an aging Anders - still easily manipulated and none the smarter after yet another jail stint. Using the "it is better to give than to receive" motto, they tap into online giving - and receiving - with a little bonus for the couple and their burgeoning family. Entertaining read from this Swedish author of The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window..... ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
This was funny in parts, I listened to this and think I might have missed odd bits when driving ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
3.5 Stars

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I've been planning to read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window for years, but somehow never managed to. But when I was offered a review copy of Jonas Jonasson's third novel, it seemed a good chance to finally dive into the world I had heard so much about it.

Hitman Anders, just released from prison, is being exploited by a receptionist and a priest, until one day he finds Jesus and stops his former ways of killing/hurting people. As the receptionist and the priest are unhappy with the situation, (how are they going to make money now?) they need to come up with a new business model.

I've been reading some reviews of Hitman Anders and one thing that becomes clear is the comparison to his other novels. Many seem to think less of this one. I can only say that in that case I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy The Hundred-Year-Old Man when I finally get to reading it.

While Hitman Anders is far from a deep read, as a light read I enjoyed it a lot. You need suspension of disbelief, and just go with the story, but I found it was a quick read. Not everything was funny, some things were very predictable, and I didn't really like the ending. But still, looking back I did enjoy myself, which for me is the most important reason to read.

I can see why not everyone likes it, but I did!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
Definitely less engaging than his first two books. ( )
  fionaanne | Dec 6, 2019 |
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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. In a former brothel turned low-rent hotel, the lives of three unusual strangers--a former female priest, recently fired from her church; the ruined grandson of an ex-millionaire working as a receptionist; and Killer-Anders, a murderer newly released from prison--accidently collide with darkly hilarious results. Seeing a lucrative opportunity in Killer-Anders, the unlikely trio form an unusual new business. The Priest and The Receptionist will handle strategy and public relations, and coordinate Killer-Anders' "missions." Using the media's obsessive need for sensational, headline-making stories to advertise their talent's superb "skill," they quickly build a clientele of rich Swedish gangsters. Suddenly, they're making an altogether different kind of killing of their own. But when Killer-Anders begins asking deeper questions about purpose and meaning, his curiosity leads him to an unexpected discovery: he finds Jesus. Desperate to save the money machine they've built, The Priest and The Receptionist devise an audacious plan utilizing Killer-Anders' newfound and decidedly fervent faith. Mischievous yet big-hearted, filled with Jonas Jonasson's trenchant humor and delightful twists, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is a delightful comic adventure that reminds us it's never to late to start over--and to discover what truly matters.

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