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A madcap new novel from the one-of-a-kind author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and The Girl Who Saved the King of SwedenA GANGSTER, A VICAR AND A RECEPTIONIST WALK INTO A BAR . . .Hitman Anders is fresh out of prison and trying to keep his head down when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who happens to be an atheist), and a receptionist at a 1A madcap new novel from the one-of-a-kind author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and The Girl Who Saved the King of SwedenA GANGSTER, A VICAR AND A RECEPTIONIST WALK INTO A BAR . . .Hitman Anders is fresh out of prison and trying to keep his head down when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who happens to be an atheist), and a receptionist at a 1-star hotel (who happens to be currently homeless). 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 . . .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.As wildly funny and unexpected as The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, this is a madcap, feel-good adventure about belief, the media – and the fact that it’s never too late to start again....

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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All Reviews

  • John Martin
    2018-09-29 22:23

    Some people would hate this novel. I loved it and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.I honestly haven’t laughed as much at this kind of religious irreverence since I read God Knows, by Joseph Heller (who also wrote Catch 22). So the writer of this book, Jonas Jonasson, is in good company indeed.I knew from the start I was going to like this book.It takes black comedy to new heights. It’s farce. It’s madcap. It takes the funny bone and gives it a damn good thrashing. I suspect the author delivers some underlying messages about the meaning of it all. But don’t ask me what they are. I’m just not that deep.I know this though: the book should come with a warning about drinking any kind of beverage, especially Moldovan red wine, when reading Hitman Anders, lest liquid come out of your nose, when you snort at the one of the many funny, clever sentences. This reminds me of Joseph Heller too.I loved most of the characters. They are caricatures for sure, but I could picture most of them.The book moves along at a fair pace and there are twists and turns.So why would anyone hate the book? I suspect the violence might offend some. I’d argue it’s cartoon violence though.The Bible certainly comes in for ridicule.You’d have to hope God has a sense of humour.

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-10-03 14:58

    I suppose “minor spoilers ahead” but do yourself a favour and avoid this crummy novel altogether.A dim-witted thug called Hitman Anders is taken advantage of by a receptionist and a priest as they advertise his criminal services in the papers and pocket a managerial fee. 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). Then one day he discovers Jesus and gives up his wicked ways. Whatever will the receptionist and the priest do for cash now? … zzz… Incorrectly billed as a comedy by a desperate PR department, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is a dreary crime caper that thinks it’s clever by making the highly original observations that, 1) Christianity is a bit of a silly religion and 2) tabloid newspapers are trash. Who. Knew. The novel is so very poorly plotted. Hitman Anders becomes a celebrity for breaking people’s arms and legs – really, why would the public venerate an ordinary gangster? And why aren’t the police arresting him? He’s literally advertising that he will hospitalise people for money and admitting to assault in the national papers – isn’t that evidence enough for the police to at least have a chat with him? But no, apparently the Swedish police are useless, or else grievous bodily harm isn’t a crime in Sweden. Maybe that’s the satirical element – is Jonas Jonasson saying that Swedish gangsters get away with blatant crimes? Who knows. But towards the end of the novel, Anders finally gets put away when he assaults a guy from the government – I guess that’s the line in the sand? Yeah, that’s not at all contrived. One minute it’s fine for Anders to go around breaking people’s arms and legs then suddenly, when the story needs that to change, it’s not. Later on, Hitman Anders, the receptionist and the priest are on the run from a group of mobsters they’ve swindled out of millions of kroner. So instead of fleeing the country and hiding, they decide to set up a church and begin advertising it with Hitman Anders’ well-known name – why?? That’s the opposite of what they should’ve done! Now the gangsters can easily find them and guess what? They do! This is such a stupid story!! 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. Speaking of the characters, none are especially well-written, interesting, or remotely convincing. They’re poorly created cartoons, especially Hitman Anders, and impossible to take seriously let alone care about.When Anders gets Christianity, he says “Hosanna” a lot without knowing what it means – that’s the “comedy” by the way. If you laughed then, you’ll love this book because it’s full of, ahem, “jokes”, like that. Maybe when Anders becomes pastor of his church Jonasson is saying organized religion is run by crooks? Never heard a sentiment like that uttered before… Criticising Christianity is so passé these days – aren’t we over this yet? I’m not religious at all and firmly believe religion does more harm than good but I’m extremely bored with people pointing and laughing at Christianity. It’s easy and it’s been done people, move on or else have something original to say about it, which Jonasson doesn’t.This unfunny supposed satire cum crime novel has nothing clever to say about any of its chosen subjects and, far from being entertaining or amusing, is deeply irritating and boring. 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.

  • Христо Блажев
    2018-10-11 23:26

    Убиеца Андерш и неговите приятели ще ви набият, утешат и вдъхновят: Юнас Юнасон се завръща – и е тройно по-хаплив. След изключително забавните “Стогодишният старец, който скочи през прозореца и изчезна” и “Неграмотното момиче, което можеше да смята” очаквах следващата му книга с огромно нетърпение, защото със сигурност е от най-непредвидимите автори. Ако при Фредрик Бакман вече знаем, че неминуемо ще ни отведе сред сърцеразтапяща история, то при Юнасон очакването е за нещо чалнато – и това безотказно се осъщестява. “Убиеца Андерш и неговите приятели (и някой и друг неприятел)” си е откачена отвсякъде – защото включва един сериен убиец, двойка оправни несретници, които го манипулират, и три гениални плана за правене на много пари. Плановете по реда на развитието си включват насилие, религия и… щедрост. И покрай провалите си активират цяла мафиотска общност. Ясно ли е? Не, разбира се. И не бива, защото точно вплитането на плановете един в друг, провалите, увисването над пропастта, спасението и заплитането на нова интрига носят забавлението в книгата. Но ”Убиеца Андерш и неговите приятели” е и саркастичен роман за пробойните в едно наглед пределно уредено общество като шведското. И в което могат да се случат и най-смешните, и най-трагичните събития.Colibri Books

  • Hákon Gunnarsson
    2018-10-17 23:17

    Since I read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared I have been a fan of Jonas Jonasson. He is in my view is one of the best humor writers in Scandinavia at the moment. This book has a very similar humor as was in The Hundred Year Old Man, but somehow the scale of it is much smaller. It's not a globe-trotting affair, but sticks to Sweden completely. Even so it works on the same principle, a certain kind of "unusual" heroes, and a wildly improbable plot. All of which made me laugh out loud quite often, which must be a good thing for a humor book to do.It doesn't top The One Hundred Year Old Man. In fact there was a little longer between laughs in this one, but I still enjoyed it very much. But it is good enough for me to wait for the next book impatiently. I suspect I will read everything that comes from this author in the near future. I just like him that much.

  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
    2018-09-29 15:23

    DNF at 65% I really enjoyed Jonasson's other books, but the narrative style and plot structure felt tired in this iteration. Like paper that has been recycled too many times it has lost its integrity. None of the characters were in any way relate-able, which isn't always a bad thing, but in this case it just meant that the poorly structured plot stood out, rather than hiding behind quirky but amusing personalities.This book was a disappointment, but it doesn't tarnish my enjoyment of his other work.

  • Giss Golabetoon
    2018-10-01 18:56

    the orginal title of the book is Hitman Anders and His Friends, but I must say i like the translation title better, and i like the translation as much as i like Johansson's way of narrating everything, it is so objectively subjective, so pleasantly familiar ans surprising, so overwhelmingly simple, and so elaborately complicated.

  • Antonomasia
    2018-09-27 23:25

    The opening chapters are promising, as translator Rachel Willson-Broyles tries to channel Douglas Adams’ dry humour. And the paragraphs introducing hapless naif Per Persson are are as typically, amusingly Jonasson as anything in the author's hit debut The Hundred Year Old Man, creating absurd levity from a crummy situation: his destructive family, and his job manning reception at a run-down former brothel, now a budget hotel popular with ex-cons and other shady sorts - and the character's everyman name works even better in English.I thought I was really going to like Hitman Anders despite the unpromising 3.11 Goodreads average rating mostly from Swedish readers. I’d been apprehensive about Jonasson’s previous book, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, with its heroine from Soweto, and a title in several European languages that translated as “The Illiterate Who Saved the King of Sweden”. (She’s actually a near-genius intellect, it’s just that at the start of the book she hadn’t been to school). I was braced for crass, unintentional racism, but it was more or less fine, and also a lot of fun. (For certain values of fine that I was likely to notice, not having a detailed knowledge of the place behind the news: black South African readers may disagree.) Contemporary light reading is so often based in one of a handful of genres, and Nombeko’s zany, farcical adventures were an enjoyable exception just as Allan Karlsson’s had been in The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. So after one pleasant surprise followed low expectations, I anticipated that I’d like book number three just as much. Sweden’s most popular comic novelist takes on the Scandianvian speciality of crime fiction? Sounds great. 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. Like the author’s previous outings, Hitman Anders was a low-effort read that rattled along at a fair pace. And once again there is that curiously flippant way of describing dark and painful events, no matter who they affect, which makes classic British understatement look like Italian melodrama. Having noticed similar in other Swedish authors’ light fiction, A Man Called Ove and, more so in The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, I’m getting the impression that it may be a national thing, not just a Jonas Jonasson thing: Scandinavian stoicism. I like it, and it makes me feel a little more stoic whilst reading, even whilst I imagine it may offend or bewilder some other readers.The book has some significant flaws, however. After the main characters had been introduced, it was a lot less funny, albeit not without the odd laugh. Maybe every thirty to fifty pages. One of those main characters never quite came together: agnostic, money-grubbing priest Johanna Kjellerman, somewhat sympathetic thanks to her tyrannical minister father who resembled a sketch from a Bergman or Dreyer film. I couldn’t imagine what she would say or think about anything that wasn’t in the book. The acknowledgements mention editor Anna ... for her fantastic single-handed rescue work at the last minute.. 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. Among the early signs was Per describing Johanna as the strangest woman he’d ever met: a way of saying to the reader, “No, it’s not just you”. 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). Jonasson’s worlds may not contain elves, but they are still fantastical and require some suspension of disbelief; Johanna required too much and was more plot device than person. Perhaps she, sometimes reminiscent of pre-Counter-Reformation indulgence-sellers, or fraudulent televangelists, is meant to symbolise negative aspects of the church in a country where people still pay taxes to it, and where freedom of religion was made legal much later than in Britain. But, whilst Johanna and Per both crave material wealth as a substitute for emotionally nurturing parents, I’m damned if I can see what any character other than Johanna is meant to symbolise individually - and besides, that sounds a bit high-concept for a Jonasson novel. There’s a switch-around for Part Two, in which Hitman Anders becomes more sympathetic, and Per less so. I don’t have a problem with this: anyone who took Per Persson’s genetic heritage into account could find, if not an excuse, at least an explanation. He had inherited his moral compass from his father, the drunkard (who had abandoned his son for a bottle of cognac when the boy was two years old), and from his grandfather, the horse dealer, a man who had dosed his foals with precise amounts of arsenic from birth onwards so that they would grow used to the poison and be in tip-top shape not only on the day of sale but, in slowly declining degrees, on the days, weeks and months after that. But can see fewer Anglo-American than Swedish readers taking to it. The authorial voice mysteriously backing Per and Johanna, regardless of their actions, kept me on side to an extent, but this sort of beach read novel needs a touch more outright likeability; the second, more nefarious scheme is short on that: (view spoiler)[After a business strategy based on the assault of people who were, in the best case, not entirely innocent, the priest and the receptionist had steered onto the new track of swindling money out of those whose hearts were full of faith, hope, love and generosity, and whose circulatory systems, just to be safe, had been filled with wine. They had quite a lot of money before they started the church - so second time round, they were punching down.(hide spoiler)]. This episode is at least mitigated by some entertaining supporting characters who are themselves no saints. Hitman Anders isn’t reflective literary fiction, or a textbook on psychology and social problems: it's a silly comic novel with [anti-]heroes readers need more reasons to root for. Allan Karlsson’s unworldliness meant he could get away with sometimes doing the wrong thing and still be likeable. 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.Ultimately, the characters’ journey seemed very Scandinavian, connected to the central Swedish value of lagom (enough; moderation as an approach to all aspects of life). It turned out to be a story with a moral, not just a caper. (view spoiler)[They even learn to be more environmentally friendly, as well as more frugal and less grasping without practical justification. My wish for them to stop it without being punished too much was almost satisfied, though I still felt there was something missing. They didn’t seem to regret their past actions, or try to give restitution to the old parishioners. It’s a silly throwaway read, and I don't like preachy, didactic books, but this was somehow off-key - and contributed to my sense of disappointment that the ending didn't completely assuage. And perhaps that was amplified by having met the same plot point in another book only a couple of weeks ago - an insufficiently entertaining con-artist character swindling innocent people and not regretting it, in Valeria Luiselli's The Story of My Teeth.(hide spoiler)]Hitman Anders may not have lived up to the author’s previous books (and it was strange to preview it in March when Jonasson was otherwise a summer read for me... these sentence structures belong in sunshine) – still I’m glad I read it. It may not win the author many new fans, but has enough of the formula to satisfy those who really liked both his earlier novels. It’s left me (and I daresay publishers) wondering whether Jonasson is ever going to produce another The Hundred-Year Old Man ever again, or change direction, or if this is pretty much it - but the narrative still kept me interested in what would happen to the characters, and aside from a few moments of cringing, it was relaxing and escapist, which is, after all, the purpose of books like this one. This was a free advance copy received in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley and the publisher, Fourth Estate (HarperCollins UK).

  • Marianne
    2018-10-05 15:03

    Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is the third novel by Swedish author, Jonas Jonasson. It is translated from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles. Hitman Anders (Johan Andersson) fell into his profession by accident rather than by design. And after spending most of his adult life in jail for it, he emerged at the age of fifty-six vowing to stop killing, drinking alcohol and taking pills. He would still maim, though, for a price: a man has to live, after all.He takes a room at the Sea Point Hotel where the receptionist, Per Persson avoids contact with the world, which has not treated him too well so far. On his lunch break one day, he encounters a grubby, but very hungry priest who, despite her utter disgust with God and religion, tries to sell him a prayer. Back at the hotel, he’s about to give this priest, Johanna Kjellander, the room next to the hitman, when a gangster-type drops in half the agreed fee for a job half done by the hitman. And before they know it, they are managing agents for the hitman.The cover describes the three as “likeable characters pushed into absurd situations”, but in fact only the rather unintelligent hitman fits this description. Both the priest and the receptionist start off OK: robbing gangsters and giving money to charity has a Robin Hood element about it (although the giving is instigated by the hitman, who has found Jesus). But when their money-making scheme targets well-meaning churchgoers, they become much less appealing. When they frame their companion and send him to jail, they are even less so. When they go to live cheaply on an island in Gotland and wreak environmental havoc in the process, they lose all remaining appeal. By the time they finally decide to be less selfish, their good intentions will have been lost to many readers. While it starts well, and Jonasson’s third novel is perhaps a slight improvement on the second, the formula of zany characters in absurd situations has worn rather thin. Ho hum.

  • Britt-Marie Kullin
    2018-10-01 19:03

    Betyg: 3 av 5. För fem år sedan så läste jag ”Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann” och den fick en fyra i betyg från mig.För två år sedan så läste jag ”Analfabeten som kunde räkna” och den fick en femma i betyg från mig.Nu har jag läst ”Mördar-Anders och hans vänner (samt en och annan ovän)” och den får en trea i betyg från mig.Helt okej bok, bra skriven, dråplig och underhållande. Men tyvärr så fångade den inte mig på samma sätt som Jonas Jonassons två tidigare böcker har gjort. Rekommenderar ändå boken till er som har tyckt om författarens tidigare böcker.

  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    2018-09-27 16:19

    Finished reading: June 25th 2016"If only children could be free of all that crap previous generations had gathered up for them, he said, perhaps it would bring some clarity to their lives."(view spoiler)[I should have been warned sufficiently by the low Goodreads rating, but I thought this would be one of those unpopular opinion books. Why? Because unlike most book bloggers out there, I absolutely loved Jonas Jonasson's other novel The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared and I was hoping of having a similar experience with this new book. I guess I was wrong. While The Hundred-Year-Old Man was interesting, fast-paced and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Hitman Anders And The Meaning Of It All was simply painful to read. In fact, I have been considering a DNF at various points in the story and decided to skim-read the last part because I just couldn't take it any longer. Such a shame, because I really wanted to enjoy this book! Why is Hitman Anders nothing like his other novel? First of all: the story simply isn't funny. Instead of laughing out loud, my eyebrows worked overtime as I became more and more annoyed by the plot and characters. Or should I say: lack of plot and character development. Seriously, the plot just doesn't make any sense and the religious elements really started to get on my nerves. I mean, a former hitman finding Jesus and wanting to start his own church?! Sorry, that just isn't doing it for me. I felt no connection whatsoever for the characters and the only reason I was able to finish this book is because I skim-read the last 40% of the book. As you might have guessed, I wouldn't recommend this book. Make sure to try his other book The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared though!Hitman Anders has been having a problem with drugs and alcohol most of his life, making him quite violent and earning him a few prison sentences. Now he is fresh out of prison yet again, he decides to stay away from the hard stuff so he won't end up right back inside... And then he meets a receptionist at a 1-star hotel and a female Protestant vicar who happens to be an atheist. The three get together and put together a very unusual business plan that is supposed to make them all very rich. It seems to work for a while, until their most important asset of all of a sudden finds Jesus. With Anders no longer wanting to do his job and focussing his day on his new religion and drinking 'the body of Jesus', the receptionist and vicar will have to find a new way to get their money... And the new plan is even more ludicrous than the last one. Will they be able to succeed against all odds?I really wanted to enjoy Hitman Anders And The Meaning Of It All despite the negative feedback, but unfortunately I will have to agree with the mayority on this one. Unlike Jonas Jonasson's other novel, this one didn't manage to impress me and I even thought about DNFing it at some points. Both the lack of character development, the uncredible/poor plot and the fact that this story isn't funny at all unfortunately just made me feel really disappointed by this book in general. (hide spoiler)]P.S. Find more of my reviews here.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Imogen Kathleen
    2018-10-16 23:04

    I rated this book as 2 stars as more of a reflection of my personal enjoyment of the book than as a reflection of the quality of the book. On one hand, I am sure that this book is a good book for some, but it just did not suit my sense of humour and I felt the jokes were repeated so often that they just became dull and irritating to read. I had previously read 'The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden' and enjoyed it; this book just didn't hold the same charm for me. After around the first 100 pages, I ended up almost skim-reading parts of it as I had almost completely lost interest and even considered DNFing at one point. That being said, I did enjoy the religious aspects and found the priest to be one of my only liked characters. This is sad for me as I adored the characters in TGWSTKOS...

  • Eva Lucia
    2018-10-16 16:16

    Also posted on Eva Lucias blog (detailed review)Jonas Jonasson has a special place in my heart. I read his two first novels and was expecting a lot of this one - of course, I wasn't disappointed!Blog ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Youtube ~ Spotify ~

  • Sve
    2018-09-24 22:10

    Купих книгата с ясното съзнание, че ми се чете нещо лековато, което ще забравя на мига.От тази гледна точка е ОК, иначе ми допадна по-малко от Стогодишния старец и Неграмотното момиче.Очевидно обаче подобни книги (както и Уве и останалите на. Бакман) прекрасно се справят с разказването на захаросано-сълзливи истории, които докарват 90% от хората до екстаз.Което е страхотно, стига всичките истории да не бяха като извадени от калъп.

  • Elīna Jurberga
    2018-10-04 20:13

    aj, sākums bija tik cerīgs, likās, ka atkal tikšu ierauta dzirkstošu joku un absurda pasaulē, taču šoreiz bija pārlieku daudz absurda un pārāk maz labu joku. bija interesanti, taču ik pa laikam garlaicība ņēma virsroku.vairāk šeit -

  • Lyanne
    2018-10-07 22:25


  • Andrea
    2018-10-12 18:22

    DNF on page 1. Pretty much after the first sentence. Which is a new record. (I also skimmed the rest of chapter 1 and decided it's just not worth my time). In my defense, I got this for Christmas from my aunt who regularly gets me bestsellers thinking she can't go wrong there. I wasn't going to read it for that title alone (Not even my 90-years-old grandpa says "nebst". Just saying... I know, it's supposed to make it sound oh so clever and all, but it just annoys me to no end because it sounds pretentious to me. I'm weird that way.), but I thought oh, what the heck. Didn't pay for this. Might as well give it a try...I knew this wasn't going to work for me. I tried other books by this author and never made it past the first chapters. I don't know if it's the translation (which to me always sounds a bit condescending, like someone tried to make this Literature? 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.") or just the writing itself. It just doesn't work for me.

  • Claire
    2018-10-12 18:59

    A few smiles but not enough laughs. 3/5 stars.This review was originally posted on my book blog. I read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared a few years ago - in Spanish I might add. 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. I, on the other hand, liked how it played with twentieth century history, and the present-day section contained some decent laughs. So I was looking forward to reading Hitman Anders.This book is written in the detached ironic tone which will be familiar to readers of The 100-Yr-Old Man. However, sadly Hitman Anders it not as amusing as Jonasson's international best-seller.It starts off well. I liked the set-up and the unusual combination of quirky characters. Events were rolling along nicely until about half way through when the plot began to run in circles. In an ironic aside in Chapter 57, the narrator acknowledges this lack of plot progression when he comments, "In some sense, one could say that they [the two main characters] were back in the vicinity of Chapter 16 of this story," but making a joke about this absence of forward progression doesn't make it ok. This dearth of story development, coupled with characters who - while initially pleasingly odd - aren't particularly loveable or even interesting, meant the story failed to grip me.I was expecting a farce and so didn't have any issues with the ludicrousness of events, but I can imagine some readers may find the continued and escalating daftness annoying. One final warning should go to Christians who get upset by anyone poking gentle fun at their religion: steer well clear of this and The 100-Yr-Old-Man.Overall: diverting enough if you want a well-written farce to dip in and out of and don't mind the lack of a strong linear plot.

  • Marjolein
    2018-10-09 19:17

    3.5 Stars Read all my reviews on 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!

  • Helen Marquis
    2018-10-01 19:13

    Having loved Jonas Jonasson's previous tomes "The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared" and "The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden" I was super excited to get my hands on his latest effort "Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All". Sadly, it was a bit of a disappointment.While no author should just keep doing the same thing over and over again, to me this tale felt too far removed from Jonasson's previous style to have me falling in love with the characters. Whilst a lot of the things that I loved in Jonasson's other novels were present - quirky personalities, happy coincidences and a lot of heart - the moral compass of this tale was way off.Focusing more on hotel receptionist Per Persson and shamed priest Johanna Kjellerman than the titular Hitman, Jonasson chronicles their first encounter when the priest tries to rip off Persson, and it all goes downhill from there. The characters are all so morally corrupt, that no matter how much good they try to do, it always left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Their constant scamming and Robin Hood-esque redistributions of wealth, may appear at first glance admirable, but their singular motivation always seems to be their own financial gain, leaving the reader pretty much disliking everyone in the whole book.This book could have been so much better without their horrible selfishness. As it was, I just felt more and more frustrated as I read on. I just hope Jonasson redeems himself with his next novel - if not, he's lost me as a fan.

  • Tony
    2018-10-04 18:03

    HITMAN ANDERS AND THE MEANING OF IT ALL. (2016). Jonas Jonasson. **.I was really looking forward to reading this latest novel by the author of “The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” I thought that that novel was a terrific read, full of humor and a plot line that kept you riveted to the page. All I can say about this latest work is that it didn’t have any egregious errors in grammar up to about page 50; after that I can’t guarantee because I didn’t get that far. There was an attempt to make this another humorous crime novel, but it came across as too contrived. The characters were like those that would be created by young boy scouts sitting around the campfire. The plot starts off as promising, but soon fizzles out into the wanderings of the same group of scouts. To say that I was disappointed would be to minimize my feelings. I can only hope that this was Mr. Jonasson’s attempt to come up with a book-a-year performance – like required by many publishers – and that he now has it out of his system. If you haven’t read his first novel, do so. It will show you what he capable of doing.

  • Кайти Кат
    2018-09-28 20:01

    Йонас Йонасон (както и Уве-Бабата-Брит Мари-Фредрик Бакман) трябва да се чете с по една книга. И край, толкова. Защото всяка следваща е повторение на първата, и е предвидима и скучна.Жалко, защото на първата му книга се забавлявах и смях, но със следващите това не се случи.

  • Mientras Leo
    2018-10-12 19:04

    Un humor parecido a los anterioes, pero esta vez me ha costado más empatizarhttp://entremontonesdelibros.blogspot...

  • Fran
    2018-09-29 20:08

    L'analfabeta non era già all'altezza del centenario, che aveva la Storia a fare da sfondo.Qui la trama è inconsistente e si sorride poco.Fine delle idee di Jonas.

  • Milan Trpkovic
    2018-10-03 18:04

    Negde između 3 i 4. Dobar je Junason, ali ne kao i onaj sa kojim sam se prvi put susreo prilikom čitanja "Stogodišnjaka".

  • Tintenwelten
    2018-09-29 17:01

    Mörder Anders hat schon dreimal wegen Mordes gesessen. Doch damit ist jetzt Schluss. Er will sein Leben ändern und die Zukunft auf freiem Fuß verbringen. Ein neuer Job und neue Freunde müssen her. Die atheistische Pfarrerin Johanna, die aufgrund eben dieser Haltung selber arbeitslos geworden ist, wittert eine neue Geschäftsidee. Zusammen mit Per, dem Rezeptionisten des Hotels, in dem alle drei Zuflucht gefunden haben, gründen sie eine "Körperverletzungsagentur" mit Mörder Anders in der Hauptrolle. Alles könnte so schön sein, wenn Anders sich nicht plötzlich für Gott interessieren und sich von nun an weigern würde auch nur einer Fliege etwas zu Leide zu tun. Denn die Gangsterbosse der Stadt haben noch eine Rechnung mit ihm offen.Diesmal hat Jonas Jonasson sich gleich drei Anti-Helden als Protagonisten gewählt. Obwohl mir keiner von ihnen besonders sympathisch war, empfand ich sie dennoch als authentisch. Meistens werden sie nicht mit ihren Namen betitelt, sondern lediglich mit "der Rezeptionist", "die Pfarrerin" und "Mörder-Anders". Dies hat eine zusätzliche Distanz, ja schon fast Kälte geschaffen. Ich kam nicht wirklich hinter die Emotionen und Beweggründe der Charaktere. Bei Rezeptionist und Pfarrerin war sicherlich die Geldgier das beherrschende Thema, während Anders einfach nicht besonders viel mit gekriegt hat. Dies lag vor allem an seinem wachsenden Alkoholkonsum, welcher auch seine einzige Sorge und sein einziges Ziel am Tag war. Er selber hat absolut keine Ahnung, was Geldfragen angeht und lässt sich dementsprechend nach Strich und Faden ausbeuten, ohne etwas zu bemerken. Grade wenn es um ihn geht, wirkt die Sprache oft roh und platt. Sein einziger Lösungsweg von Problemen sind und waren immer der Alkohol und die Gewalt . Dies spiegelt sich hier wieder.Idee und Handlung sind äußerst verrückt und auch genauso umgesetzt. Das Trio taumelt von einer gefährlichen Situation in die nächste und hat dabei oft mehr Glück als Verstand. Meistens wissen sie gar nicht in welch brenzlicher Lage sie sich zur Zeit befinden – ganz im Gegenteil zum Leser. Dieser ist nämlich aufgrund des allwissenden Erzählers ständig auf dem neusten Stand. Toll dabei fand ich, dass man auch immer wieder über die Machenschaften der Gangsterbosse auf dem Laufenden gehalten wird. Spannend waren auch die kleinen Einschübe, die sich mit dem Leben des ein oder anderem Nebencharakters beschäftigt haben.Langweilig wurde es im gesamten Buch nie, was unter anderem an dem bereits bekannten humorvollen und sarkastischen Schreibstil des Autoren liegt. Auch hier kombiniert er Witz und Gesellschaftskritik. Das große und zentrale Thema ist definitiv Profitgier, welches Jonas Jonasson wirklich gekonnt auf die Schippe nimmt.

  • Julie Mestdagh
    2018-10-22 21:20

    Met zijn derde boek "Mördar-Anders och hans vänner (samt en och annan ovän)" tapt Johan Jonasson voor de derde keer uit hetzelfde vaatje. Waar de lezer nog steeds getrakteerd wordt op hilarische dialogen, bij het haar getrokken redeneringen en vaak rake steken onder water met betrekking tot de huidige maatschappij, de Zweedse politiek enz., ondermijnt het verhaal zelf deze keer de kracht van het boek, naar mijn mening. Om één of andere reden vond ik het verhaal van de honderdjarige of het bommenmeisje - voor zover mogelijk - veel gemakkelijker om in mee te gaan dan dit verhaal. Dit verhaal? Een uit de gevangenis vrijgelaten moordenaar met verschillende lijken op zijn geweten, logeert in een hotel in Stockholm waar hij twee mensen ontmoet: Per Persson, de jonge receptionist die kwaad is op de hele wereld, en vooral zijn (groot)ouders omdat die hem geen cent hebben nagelaten, en een jonge vrouwelijke priester die ook in het hotel woont, snel de vriendin van de receptionist zal worden en die eveneens kwaad is op de hele wereld (vooral haar vader omdat ze van hem priester moest worden). Al snel bedenken de receptionist en de priester een plannetje om stinkend rijk te worden, gebruik makend van de talenten van de moordenaar, zijnde mensen pijn doen / vermoorden. Ze fungeren als zijn manager voor een handeltje in "mensen afranselen op bestelling". Onverwacht blijkt echter de invloed van de priester te groot en komt de dag dat de moordenaar het licht heeft gezien, zich tot god bekeert en weigert nog een levende ziel kwaad te doen. integendeel, hij wil zijn leven beteren en al het geld schenken aan goede doelen. Uiteraard dik tegen de zin van het koppeltje, dat weer plannen moet bedenken om er toch geld aan over te houden…. Ze richten zelfs een kerk op waar gratis wijn wordt geschonken om de mensen gunstig te stemmen en meer geld te doen geven. Dat loopt redelijk goed tot…. de mensen uit de stockholmse onderwereld, die betaald hadden voor afranselingen die uiteindelijk niet werden uitgevoerd, hun geld terugeisen. Hoewel een deel van het boek gaat over manieren om mensen op te lichten, geld wit te wassen en de schatkist te benadelen; een materie die mij beroepshalve zeker interesseert, kon het boek me maar matig boeien. Vooral de veelvuldige verwijzingen naar Jezus, god, weet ik veel welk deel van de bijbel en alle bijhorende zeemzoete uitspraken kwamen me de oren uit. Dankzij de leuke dialogen en de grappige steken onder water, alsook het algemeen feel-good gevoel op het einde van het boek toch drie sterren voor dit boek. Maar deze keer kan Jonasson me helaas niet zo overtuigen.

  • Lorna
    2018-09-28 16:02

    Believe it or not, Hitman Anders was my first foray into the madcap world of Jonas Jonasson. You would have thought that with previous titles such as The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, that might have given me a clue as to what to expect, but the answer is no!Let's set the scene. Hitman Anders has just served a prison sentence for murder. In his mind, he's spent far too much time in there already, so he decides to tone it down by limiting himself to breaking limbs (specialising in kneecaps) for the Swedish underworld.His admin team, a receptionist called Per Persson and Johanna, a priest who not only lost her faith but never found it in the first place, feed his appetite for alcohol, keeping him so sizzled he doesn't realise that they are taking most of his profits.However, it turns out to be pretty dangerous having a priest on your admin team, even one who has no faith in the Almighty. Hitman Anders finds religion, and it would seem their previously lucrative business is destined to fail. Ahh but reader, have faith in the innovative brain power of our admin team. We take a trek across Sweden, following our unlikely trio, one on a quest for salvation, the other two on a quest for profit, and right up until the last few pages I didn't know where we going to end up.A novel bursting with humour, albeit of the dark variety, and if you're of a religious mind set and prone to take offense this wouldn't be the book for you, but if you like finding humour in the most unlikely situations give it a read. You won't be disappointed!

  • Clair Sharpe
    2018-10-20 21:05

    Somehow by fate, rather than meaning to I have read all of Jonas Jonasson's books. I'm still not sure I'm that I like them that much. This one was entertaining enough - it was mildly amusing but not laugh out loud funny, the chapters were short which made it quick to skip though but I didn't ever really look forward to picking it up.This one tells a story of Hitman Anders, a dim-witted thug who goes into business with a hotel receptionist, Per Persson and an atheist priest, Johanna Kjellander. Hitman Anders is hired to beat people up. The receptionist and priest decide they can make some serious money by taking payment up front for the crimes and then doing a bunk with the money before the criminal underworld catch up with them, leaving Hitman Anders to take the flack. The story continues with them setting up a church in his name and conning people out of more money. This was a book club read and I'm looking forward to the discussion...

  • Georgi
    2018-10-12 17:01

    Като цяло мисля, че форматът, който шведът затвърждава с третия си роман, е изчерпал възможностите си и „Убиеца Андерш…“ е доказателство за това. Книгата повтаря изцяло схемата на предишните две, като бележи обаче и спад във впечатлението, което стилът на Юнасон оставя у читателите. За мен наистина смешните моменти бяха рядко срещани, а доста пъти книгата просто ми доскучаваше. И докато при „Неграмотното момиченце…“ имаше известна доза непредвидимост, тук това не се е получило. Сюжетът уморено върви към логичен финал без да носи каквато и да било интрига.Ако четете за първи път Юнас Юнасон, то „Убиеца Андерш…“ ще ви се понрави с типичния за шведа хумор и радваща сатира на религията, които поднася. Ако обаче сте чели предишните му неща, то едва ли нещо тук ще ви изненада.Цялото ревю тук:

  • Helen
    2018-09-30 18:24

    I think people will either love or hate the farcical style of Jonas Jonasson's stories. They are daft romps through life full of madcap characters who have crazy run-ins with police, politics and criminals.The books are full of sharp and funny comments on life, and a lot of silliness, but for me, it's the warm and likeable characters that make the stories stand out.Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is nothing new from the previous books, but I didn't find it as funny as the others. There were a lot of bits in it that had me smiling, but I didn't have any laugh out loud moments.I enjoyed it though, and I liked the characters. It's still an entertaining and uplifting read, with some amusing bits!