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#85: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe - Romain Puértolas

Meet Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod. One day a fakir leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris. A professional con artist, the fakir is on a pilgrimage to IKEA, where he intends to obtain an object he covets above all others: a brand-new bed of nails. Without adequate euros in the pockets of his silk trousers, the fakir is all the same confident that his counterfeit 100-Euro note (printed on one side only) and his usual bag of tricks will suffice. But when a swindled cab driver seeks his murderous revenge, the fakir accidentally embarks on a European tour, fatefully beginning in the wardrobe of the iconic Swedish retailer.
     As his journey progresses in the most unpredictable of ways, the fakir finds unlikely friends in even unlikelier places. To his surprise--and to a Bollywood beat--the stirrings of love well up in the heart of our turbaned hero, even as his adventures lead to profound and moving questions of the perils of emigration and the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world.
     The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe [pause for breath] is a hilarious tale that evokes the manic energy of a Marx Brothers romp and calls to mind the incisive social commentary of Candide. Pull up your Poang chair and take an unforgettable tour of Europe propelled by laughter, love and redemption. (Meatballs not included, but highly recommended.)


  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (August 5, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9780345814173




ROMAIN PUÉRTOLAS was born in Montpellier, France. He wrote The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe on his mobile phone while working as a French border guard. Romain has previously worked as a cleaner at the Brighton Palace Pier, where he learned how to say 'Don't lean on the slot machine' without a French accent. This is his first novel.


REVIEW:
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!

5+/5


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  1. Sounds like an interesting journey

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  2. Oooh, I'd seen this in the bookshop and wondered whether it would be a good read. Now I'm definitely going to check it out! I read The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared a while back, and I loved it: it's so funny!

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