Romain Puertolas

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorRomain Puertolas
Publication DateJanuary, 2016
ISBN-139780804172080
GenreFiction/Literary
<p><b>The basis for the major motion picture <i>The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir</i></b> </p> <p></p>A charmingly exuberant comic debut, <i>The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe</i> is the globetrotting story of a trickster from rural India and his adventure of a lifetime. <p></p>When the fakir--a professional con artist--arrives in Paris, he has just one goal: to get to Ikea. Armed with only a counterfeit hundred-euro note in the pocket of his silk trousers, he is confident that he has all he needs to thrive. But his plan goes horribly awry when he hides inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer--the first in a series of accidents that will send him on a whirlwind tour across Europe. <p></p>Pursued across the continent by a swindled taxi driver dead set on revenge, our fakir soon finds unlikely friends--from movie stars to illegal immigrants--in even unlikelier places. And, much to his own surprise, his heart begins to open to those around him as he comes to understand the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world. <p></p>Channeling the manic energy of the Marx Brothers and the biting social commentary of <i>Candide, </i>Romain Pu&eacute;rtolas has crafted an unforgettable comic romp around Europe that is propelled by laughter, love, and, ultimately, redemption. (Meatballs not included but highly recommended.) <p></p>

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The basis for the major motion picture The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

A charmingly exuberant comic debut, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe is the globetrotting story of a trickster from rural India and his adventure of a lifetime.

When the fakir--a professional con artist--arrives in Paris, he has just one goal: to get to Ikea. Armed with only a counterfeit hundred-euro note in the pocket of his silk trousers, he is confident that he has all he needs to thrive. But his plan goes horribly awry when he hides inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer--the first in a series of accidents that will send him on a whirlwind tour across Europe.

Pursued across the continent by a swindled taxi driver dead set on revenge, our fakir soon finds unlikely friends--from movie stars to illegal immigrants--in even unlikelier places. And, much to his own surprise, his heart begins to open to those around him as he comes to understand the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world.

Channeling the manic energy of the Marx Brothers and the biting social commentary of Candide, Romain Puértolas has crafted an unforgettable comic romp around Europe that is propelled by laughter, love, and, ultimately, redemption. (Meatballs not included but highly recommended.)

The basis for the major motion picture The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

A charmingly exuberant comic debut, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe is the globetrotting story of a trickster from rural India and his adventure of a lifetime.  

When the fakir—a professional con artist—arrives in Paris, he has just one goal: to get to Ikea. Armed with only a counterfeit hundred-euro note in the pocket of his silk trousers, he is confident that he has all he needs to thrive. But his plan goes horribly awry when he hides inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer—the first in a series of accidents that will send him on a whirlwind tour across Europe. 

Pursued across the continent by a swindled taxi driver dead set on revenge, our fakir soon finds unlikely friends—from movie stars to illegal immigrants—in even unlikelier places. And, much to his own surprise, his heart begins to open to those around him as he comes to understand the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world.

Channeling the manic energy of the Marx Brothers and the biting social commentary of Candide,Romain Puértolas has crafted an unforgettable comic romp around Europe that is propelled by laughter, love, and, ultimately, redemption. (Meatballs not included but highly recommended.)

Specifications

Series Title
Vintage Contemporaries
Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Romain Puertolas
Title
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe
ISBN-13
9780804172080
Publication Date
January, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.20 x 0.70 Inches
ISBN-10
0804172080

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Best book ever! What a...

Best book ever! What a story! What a journey! I love how it all comes together. So humorous, such fantastic and clever storytelling, you surely don't realize this is a first time author. What an epic adventure! You really can't help but get immersed in this extraordinary journey. Aja, the fakir, is so interesting and more unique than any other character I have read about before. Really, at the end, I wanted more. Though the story opened, flowed and closed perfectly, I could keep reading day in and out. Romain Puértolas is a genius storyteller and frankly, a new favorite of mine. I now NEED a copy of The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. I strongly suggest you start reading his books too!

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

loved this fun romp th...

loved this fun romp through Europe in furniture and baggage.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This is one of the fun...

This is one of the funniest farces I've read in a long time. Available as a Kindle download from my local library, very reminiscent of [The 100 year old Man who climbed out the window and disappeared] or a good old fashioned Three Stooges/Fawlty Towers/Monty Python slapstick. A quick, quirky, belly-laugh out loud satire. Absolutely delightful. Get it and save it for a day when you need a quick and sure pick me up. Here's a ferinstance: "A fakir by trade, Ajatashatru Oghash (pronounced A-jar-of-rat-stew-oh-gosh!) had decided to travel icognito for his first trip to Europe. For this occasion, he had swapped his "uniform," which consisted of a loincloth shaped like an enormous diaper, for a shiny gray suit and a tie rented for peanuts from Dilawar (pronounced Die, lawyer!), an old manfrom the village who had, during his youth, been a representative for a famous brand of shampoo...." In addition to the fun, the travel, and the outrageous puns, there's actually a teensy bit of a life lesson.

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

Not very surprising no...

Not very surprising nor extraordinary, the book seemed to be written by a machine: which bit fits best in this place - let us use it! This made the general feel that of a marketing tool or a slapstick. Some people may enjoy its predictability and ease, rather stale, deflated jokes and "life lessons", for me it did not work at all.


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