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REVIEW: HITMAN ANDERS AND THE MEANING OF IT ALL by Jonas Jonasson

Jonas Jonasson striked again, with his winning mix of commedy and improbable characters. First we got the story of the century-old man who fled from the nursing home, then came the story of a South African illiterate who came to send a nuclear bomb to Sweden. Now we heve got the insane story of a concierge, a priest and an gangster. HITMAN ANDERS AND THE MEANING OF IT ALL published by HarperCollins Australia, is Jonas Jonasson's latest hilarous novel.

Not even 10 minutes have passed since I read the last page of "Burial Rites" by Hannah Kent, published by Picador here in Australia, and I am already here to put on words my feelings.This book is wonderful! Hannah Kent is a young Australian writer and "Burial Rites" is her debut novel who earned the win of numerous awards.The book told about the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, that is unfortunately based on real events.Her has been the last execution in Iceland along with that of Fridrik Sigurdsson, both charged with the murder of Natan Ketilsoon and Petur Jonsson in 1829.The book is enriched in fact, at the beginning of each chapter , with official records, letters and legal transcriptions.The Icelandic Influeces a lot the reading, with names and places that have been left in the original language and which I assume to be quite difficult to pronounce correctly.I have also listened to the audiobook where the names are being read with the correct pronunciation and that help to make the setting more realistic and reading more smoothly.

Having read and loved To Kill a Mockingbird, it was difficult to review GSAW as a standalone story and not as sequel. Compared to the masterpiece that earned Lee the Pulitzer,  I reckon that many scenes are redundant and could safely be omitted, many speeches instead of dialogues and so many long digressions that are difficult to be read without get bored or confused. I had much difficulty to appreciate it, I do not have a good memory.

For the first time I read a book where the events are not important, but  it’s  the people, their ideals and thoughts that stand out. At the age of 74 the feminist author Florence Gordon lives life as she pleased, always ready to fight for something she believes in, to say what she thinks without sentimentalists, sharpness and witticism. But she is also a  bitch. 

“In the Unlikely Event” is the latest highly anticipated book written by the US author Judy Blume published by Knopf in 2015. Acclaimed for his achievements in the field of young adult novels , Blume decided this year, at age 77, to pursue a new challenge with the publication of his first novel addressed to an adult audience.  In “In the Unlikely Event” is based on true events happened during the author teenage years, when between December and February 1952, three planes crashed on her hometown, Elizabeth (New Jersey)  killing 118 people.