THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR WHO GOT TRAPPED IN AN IKEA WARDROBE

22 Jun
A Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf 2015 Originally published as L’Etraordinaire Voyage du Fakir Qui Etait Reste Coince dans une Armoire IKEA - by Le Dilettante, Paris 2013  Translated from French by Sam Taylor - First Edition 302 pages Fiction - romantic comedy

A Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf 2015
Originally published as L’Etraordinaire Voyage du Fakir Qui Etait Reste Coince dans une Armoire IKEA – by Le Dilettante, Paris 2013
Translated from French by Sam Taylor – First Edition 302 pages
Fiction – romantic comedy

Here’s another French author I’m going to enjoy reading. Romain Puertolas effortlessly plucks us out of our own lives and slips us into the life of Ajatashatru Oghash “(pronounced A-jar-of-rat-stew-oh-gosh!)” or “( ….. A-cat-in-a-bat-suit)” or “( ….. A-jackal-that-ate-you)”, among other such illustrious pronunciations, depending on what situation the Fakir may find himself in at the moment.

With quirky humor, we set off with a professional con-artist from India, who has only one thing on his mind, get to the Ikea in Paris, purchase a Bed of Nails, then exit the country as quickly and quietly as possible.

Ah, if things were only that simple.

Armed with a fake 100 Euro-note in his pocket, the Fakir catches a Taxi outside Charles de Gaulle Airport, and instructs the driver to take him to Ikea. When they arrive, the Fakir gives the driver his fake 100 Euro note, distracts him long enough to take back the note, then exits the taxi. The Fakir, after all, is a master of deception. By the time the driver realizes he’s been stiffed, the Fakir is already long gone.

While the driver plots his murderous revenge, Aja orders his Ikea bed but must wait ‘til morning to take possession. So, with no real money in hand for a hotel room, Aja decides to ‘hide-out’ inside the Ikea over night. He’ll just sleep under one of the beds, he reasons, and come morning he’ll pick-up his bed and leave. But things don’t always work out as planned, and the Fakir finds himself hiding inside one of the wardrobes to avoid a couple of Ikea employees who arrive, after hours, to crate the wardrobe for shipping.

A jolly jaunt of a journey with delightful likeable characters.

Most entertaining.

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