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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I’d heard good things about this author’s previous books but I was very disappointed with his latest, pitiful effort – I won’t be looking for more novels from the hacky Jonas Jonasson and his dull writing. It was one of my book club choices back in Spain and I enjoyed it more than everyone else who just thought it was odd. 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. I read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared a few years ago – in Spanish I might add.

This was a free advance copy received in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley and the publisher, Fourth Estate (HarperCollins UK). Citanje ove knjige ni mesec dana nakon Devojke koja je spasila kralja Svedske je otprilike bilo kao maraton gledanja Mocnih rendzera.As a reader open to the explanation of their backgrounds, and wanting to laugh at the book I still kept wishing they would stop, even if I didn’t want them to get shot or arrested or any of the other things one sees pissed off Goodreads reviewers say about characters who annoyed them. As wildly funny and unexpected as Jonasson's previous bestselling novels, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is a zany, feel-good adventure story, tenderly and hilariously exploring belief, redemption, and the fact that it's never too late to start again. I think the aim is supposed to be black humour, but black humour only really works if you feel something for its subjects. 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. This time a recently freed hitman who refuses to kill any more teams up with a homeless receptionist and an athiest priest to make their fortune only maiming people.

This was a really fun, funny, fast read -- even though it was nearly 400 pages, and whenever I tried to describe what I was reading, it came out sounding super dark and not funny at all. Si aceasta, la fel ca si celalalte, este scrisa intr-un mod absolut delicios, tratând niste subiecte "fierbinti" ale societății de astăzi, printr-un sarcasm fin, ce frizează realitatea. The story is a commentary on the violence of modern life, from the psychological violence of growing up with an alcoholic parent who rejects you and sets the benchmark for your misanthropy to the actual violence of being an alcoholic pill popper whose tendency to violence while under the influence leads you to become a hitman. I was surprised to see it set out so boldly at the end, but this always felt like a novel which had had problems and editorial salvage attempts.I don’t think I couldn't make sense of her just because she’s so far from the modern CofE type, like the lead character in Rev (who’s also similar to a couple of friends of friends who had thought of becoming clergy, though they also had a quietly donnish side). Initially unnoticed by them, Hitman Anders embarks on an existential crisis that plays out in early morning drinking and unreasonable violence towards inanimate objects. This book has a very similar humor as was in The Hundred Year Old Man, but somehow the scale of it is much smaller. In addition to these baffling decisions, our characters don’t seem to have any actual obstacles – things tend to work out really well for them whatever they do which doesn’t make for a very exciting read. Seriously, take this first sentence: "Er, dessen Leben schon bald voll sein sollte von Tod und Gewalttaten, von Dieben und Gangstern, stand an der Rezeption eines der traurigsten Hotels von ganz Schweden und träumte vor sich hin.



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