4 Aug 2014

THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO BROKE ALL THE RULES: TAKE ONE.

THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO BROKE ALL THE RULES by CATHARINE INGELMAN-SUNDBERG.

SOURCE: Read and review on behalf of fellow blogger Lindsay @ The Little Reader Library.


THE BOOK {According to the back cover}: 79-year-old Martha Andersson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank.


She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting lifestyle. Along with her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them. Together, they cause uproar with their antics protesting against early bedtimes and plasticky meals.


As the elderly friends become more daring, they hatch a cunning plan to break out of the dreary care home and land themselves in a far more attractive Stockholm establishment. With the aid of their Zimmer frames, they resolve to stand up for old aged pensioners everywhere - Robin Hood style. And that's when the adventure really takes off . . .


FIRST SENTENCE {Prologue}: The little old lady gripped the handles of her zimmer frame, hung her walking stick next to the shopping basket and did her best to look assertive.


MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 385}: ' .....Those damn old pensioners got into the people carrier with their zimmer frames, but are now leaving it without them. They haven't even got walking sticks. Didn't I tell you they were shady types?' Inspector Lonnberg pointed at the oldies in the dark.


MY THOUGHTS: At last a book by an 'international best seller' that I've actually enjoyed.


A story about a pensioner (and her friends), The League Of Pensioners, behaving badly. Whilst I can understand comparisons being made between this novel and The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (see my review here) I'm personally loathe to do so except to say that in my opinion this is a far superior read.


Honoured to have been asked by Lindsay to read and review this, my full review can be read here.



11 comments:

Literary Feline said...

I'm so proud of Martha Andersson! I am glad you enjoyed this one, Tracy. It sounds like a fun read.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

sounds kind of fun!! that's good you actually enjoyed this one.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I do love it when it outshines the book it is compared. Makes me curious!

Stephanie Faris said...

What a fun premise. And I think it's awesome that a book about a senior citizen has become an international bestseller!

Suko said...

This book sounds like it would really be terrific. Very nice review, Tracy!

Kelly said...

I enjoyed your review at Lindsay's and this sounds like it would be a very fun book to read.

Brian Joseph said...

I thought I had left a comment here. Perhaps it was eaten by an internet demon :)

One reason that this sounds good is that it certainly defies convention an stereotypes.


it really does also sound like a lot of fun.

Heather said...

sounds like an entertaining read. Thanks.

Naida said...

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules sounds like a good one, nice review over @ Lindsays!

Lindsay said...

Thank you Tracy for your lovely review and for featuring the book on your blog too. Great to have you on my blog and very much appreciated. Lovely to see all the great comments here too. x

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

A nice feature post for this book and although you make it sound like a great read, I think I shall pass on adding it to my own list, for no other reason than, to me it sounds very familar and similar to a book I read and reviewed not so long ago, right down to the bank job ....

'mags And The AARP Gang' by Nancy Lynn Jarvis.

http://www.fiction-books.biz/reviews/mags-and-the-aarp-gang-by-nancy-lynn-jarvis-2/

Take Care and look after yourself,

Yvonne