Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

I enjoyed this book.  What a light, fun summer read.  It's not going to be a literary classic, but if you're looking for something light to take along on your vacation, I recommend this one.

Martha Andersson is a resident of the Diamond House nursing home in Stockholm.  After being taken over by new owners, there have been cutbacks to the care at Diamond House making life pretty miserable for Martha and the other residents there.  Some of her lifelong friends, Brains, Rake, Anna-Greta and Christina are in there with her, and they need to come up with a plan to make things better.  They've been cut back to one meal a day, with a few snacks, no alcohol, no outside time, no recreation and a limit on the amount of coffee they can drink!  How can they live like that?

One night, Martha and Brains watch a documentary about the prisons in Sweden and the quality of life experienced by the prisoners there.  The prisoners get three square meals a day, daily outside time and the opportunity to take classes.  Martha quickly realizes that life is better in prison than in the nursing home and starts making plans so that she and her friends can end up there.

Being new to the crime lifestyle in their late-70's and early-80's, they've got a lot to learn, but they learn quickly and soon begin their life of crime.  This funny story follows their escapades through their successes, failures and the attempts by police to determine who is behind this new crime ring.

Again, it's not classic literature, but it's fun.  If you liked, "The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and then Disappeared", you'll like this one.

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