REVIEW: HITMAN ANDERS AND THE MEANING OF IT ALL by Jonas Jonasson
HITMAN ANDERS AND THE MEANING OF IT ALL by Jonas Jonasson
Published by HarperCollins AU
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.
Johan Andersson, known to all as Hitman Anders , is just out of prison and makes out a living doing odd jobs for local gangsters with the intent of stay away from jail. And it would do well if it wasn't for his drinking habit, which starts to threaten his professionalism. His life takes a turn when he meets Johanna Anders Kjellander, pastor of the Protestant Church, and a hotel receptionist. The three decided to form a society based on the reputation of Anders. The company would work if it were not that curiosity brings Hitman Anders to wonder the whys of all things, untill he decided to ask his questions directly to God who, quite unexpectedly, answers ! With the turning of Anders in a "religious" person Johanna understand that the company is in danger and must draw up a new plan as soon as possible...
Writing comedy somethimes might be difficult because after a while is hard to keep the reader involved avoiding the same jokes and staing away from cliches, but once again Jonas Jonasson got the right mix between comedy and crime-ish litterature and created something that I really enjoy spend my time with. Is one of those books you that makes you chuckled all the time, rather that laugh high loud.
The writing is pretty much unique, impossible to mistaken with anybody else's. With Hitman Anders he plays once again with the most insane situations and the most estravagant conversations and characters. The problem is that this book is probably too long, I've got the impression that in the last 50 pages he run out of history. A shorter story would probably make the last part of the book easier to read.
I rated this book "only" three and a half because I felt that after two books he repeat himself a bit. I enjoyed very much the one-hundred-years man's adverture but with his two latest books I had the impression that I knew exactly what expect.
Sometimes it's nice to have a break from more engaging readings and just have fun. So, I would recommend this book to all those people who wants to read a easy-to-read and exhilarating novel with bizzare characters and witty dialogues. Perfect read for the warm weekends here in Australia and in general, for all those who are looking for an entertaining and hilarious novel.
TITLE: Hitman Anders and the meaning of it all
AUTHOR: Jonas Jonasson
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Au