- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (April 26 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443446769
- ISBN-13: 978-1443446761
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All Paperback – Deckle Edge, Apr 26 2016
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From the Back Cover
A gangster, a vicar, and a receptionist walk into a bar . . .
Killer-for-hire Anders is fresh out of prison and trying to keep his head down when he meets two unlikely new business partners at a one-star hotel: one, an atheist former Protestant vicar fired from her church, and the other the hotel’s receptionist, the ruined grandson of an ex-millionaire. Together they cook up an idea for an enterprising venture involving Swedish gangsters that is set to make them all a fortune—until, all of a sudden and to everyone’s surprise, Anders finds Jesus. It was the perfect plan—except for Hitman Anders’s curiosity about the meaning of it all. In conversations with the vicar, he turns to Jesus and, against all odds, Jesus answers him! Anders’s 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 Jonasson’s previous bestselling novels, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is a zany, feel-good adventure story that tenderly and hilariously explores belief, redemption, and the fact that it’s never too late to start again.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product description
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I started with The 100 Year Old Man, followed by Hitman Anders and finished with The Girl who Saved The King of Sweden. Read them all and enjoy! I can hardly wait for his next!!!
Having said all that, (if you can overlook that and do a side study to see what the scriptures he often quotes really mean) the story is brilliantly funny and he winds up problems facing the hero's of the book with great ingenuity and wit. Sometimes his black humour fades as he explains villainous methods and thoughts rather bare and the book temporarily becomes somewhat dark. And indeed in retrospect the whole books seems to take a swipe at the generous nature of some people as such people that are stupid and to be taken advantage of. So I wonder if it really was as funny as it seemed as I read it.
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is no exception — really, a hitman who finds Jesus and refuses to work anymore being taken advantage of by an atheist priest and a receptionist at a one star hotel named Per Persson. There is alternating point of view in this book, so we get into all of their heads and learn all of their histories. These three main characters are so unlikely together that they foil each other so well, bringing out their best and worst qualities.
The pace moved along fairly well for the most part, but did lag here and there. However, the charitable donations were a highlight for me.
There is a lot of social commentary about religion and personal responsibility, so this book may not appeal to everyone.