Puertolas, Romain

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe (Paperback)

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Books : The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe (Paperback)

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Books : The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe (Paperback)
Armed only with a counterfeit 100-Euro note Ajatashatru the fakir arrives in Paris. His mission? To acquire a splendid new bed of nails. His destination? IKEA. Once there he finds an obliging wardrobe in which to lay his head only to discover on waking that he is locked in and headed for England in the back of a truck. So begins a magnificent adventure for the intrepid fakir as he travels to Italy in a suitcase writes a novel on a shirt flees a revenge-crazed taxi driver flies to Libya in a hot air balloon and finds love in the unlikeliest of places...

Specifications

Publisher
Vintage
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Puertolas, Romain
ISBN-13
9780099592952
Publication Date
January, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
0.80 x 7.80 x 5.20 Inches
ISBN-10
0099592959

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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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