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 unlikely 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.
When I first saw this come up with a chance to review I did a quick google and decided that it looked like a really fun book to read.
The first thing, that took me a little to get used to, that I noticed was that there are no chapter headings, nor is there anything that says what chapter I am on, though it is essentially broken up into five parts. Our Fakir travels from France to Great Britain to Spain, Italy and Libya, with it telling you at the top of each page which country we are in. It's also important, I think, to make note of the fact that this wasn't originally written in English, but for me this was no issue as I didn't even realise that until I was googling the information to make this listing.
Right from the start I was drawn into the book, the writing is nice and light hearted and really draws you into it nice and easily without any real rush to it. I got stuck into it and wasn't in a rush to put it down, it didn't dominate my day but it was an easy book to pick up, read a few pages, put down and come back to without any problems or feeling lost. Our fakir is hilarious and I really enjoyed his character, I will be passing this onto my mother and friend to read.
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