It’s okay to judge a book by it’s long title!
The extraordinary journey of the fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe by Romain Puertolas.
A fun read, if not quite reminiscent of Jonas Jonasson’s two delightful books with equally long titles (The Girl who saved the King of Sweden and The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared). Puetolas attempt at this quirky style doesn’t quite hit the mark that Jonasson does however it is an enjoyable read that keeps the reader engaged and hoping that all will be okay in the end!
Indian fakir (conman) Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod has conned his small village in Rajasthan to part with their money so he can go to Paris to purchase a new bed of nails, as seen in the new IKEA catalogue. All he has for his trip is the return ticket and a fake 100 Euro note. What could possibly go wrong? He uses the fake note to con his gypsy taxi driver – who understandably takes offense when he realises he has been conned. The fakir, having decided to spend the night in the IKEA store finds himself locked in a wardrobe and in the back of a truck heading toward the UK. In the truck are 3 other men who are trying to cross the border to England to start “a new life”. There is a not so subtle comment on refugees and gypsies running through the book that I thought at times seemed a little racist, however I don’t think that was the intention of Puetolas. I think it was meant to be an attempt at making a political comment on the immigration situation in Europe, but it didn’t quite work. That aside this was a fun and easy read.