The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

Book - 2016
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"Martha Andersson may be seventy-nine-years-old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to stop enjoying life. So when the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friends—Brains, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Gretta (a.k.a. The League of Pensioners)—won’t stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors everywhere. Their solution? White collar crime. What begins as a relatively straightforward robbery of a nearby luxury hotel quickly escalates into an unsolvable heist at the National Museum. With police baffled and the Mafia hot on their trail, the League of Pensioners has to stay one walker’s length ahead if it’s going to succeed…. Told with all the insight and humor of A Man Called Ove or Where’d You Go Bernadette?, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is a delightful and heartwarming novel that goes to prove the adage that it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years" - Amazon
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2016
Edition: 1st U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062447975
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bradbury, Rod - Translator


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Jun 22, 2018

This is the first book in a series which should be read before continuing with the second book, "The Little Old Lady who Broke all the Rules". The Swedish author has an interesting premise that old people are invisible in public. She uses that idea to show how a group of old age pensioners, fed up with life in a retirement home, turn to crime - robbing an art gallery of a painting - with hopes of being caught so that they can live in a Swedish prison which they view as being a better place to live - better food, daily exercise, and no behavior enhancement drugs. The ensuing plot provides amusing details of the planning, the preparations, the stealing of the painting, and the outcome. Of course, because of their age, the guards and the police don't suspect these old age pensioners of being the criminals. The author embeds descriptions that are stereotypical of old people's deteriorating physical and mental abilities which turn out to be funny because they are the cause of the group's success in stealing the painting as well as their failure in being able to hold onto the proceeds. What is most outrageous in the books in this series is that the old people are so successful in their crimes against the government (as they see it) because security and police officers don't think old people could be behind the thefts. The pensioners have good intentions of using the proceeds of their crime to improve the lives of the elderly in old age homes, but that plan too goes awry. An enjoyable read.

Jan 17, 2018

was attracted by the title and wanted to read the book. It was ok for the first half, but then it became rather tedious and unrealistic. Few good details about how things turned out with the plans of the old folks and depicting police to be incompetent and seniors outsmarting true criminals. Just a bit too far fetched with no real humor. Poor writing/ translations as well.

Jul 20, 2017

Having enjoyed several other Swedish novels I had high hopes, but ultimately abandoned this book. Just couldn't care to follow the capers.

Jul 16, 2017

Old people are capable. This is the unifying statement of the League of Pensioners.

79 yr old Martha Andersson has a plan. The retirement home she and four friends (Anna-Greta, Christina, Brains & Rake) live in has changed ownership and the place has gone downhill to the point where prisoners are better treated and taken care of. This gives Martha an idea and the League of Pensioners is formed with the goal to perpetrate a crime big enough that they can live out their days in the luxury of the prison she saw a documentary about.

The adventures they get into is a fast paced race through thefts and robbery and a stint in prison.

This was both a sad story - how poorly old people are taken care of and ignored and written off, and one of great adventure, determination and getting on with what needs to be done to have a wonderful life. 5/5

May 05, 2017

Cute, but felt like it lacked an ending. The writing style didn't really draw me in, and it felt like the author was introducing the cops as new characters within the last 75 pages of the book. Too bad for an amusing concept.

Apr 29, 2017

A fun read!

Pippi_L Mar 23, 2017

This quote from a Canadian reviewer sums it up:
"A funny, smart and heartwarming look at aging disgracefully".

Mar 15, 2017

Maybe it was just the translation, but this reads like something a ten-year-old might write, both in terms of the actual plot and the writing style.

Aug 10, 2016

It is a comical fun read for the summer. However, It kind of hits close to home as we get older and are all being pushed towards living in long term care/old folks homes in the near future. I think that there could be a enlightening hidden message here.

Apr 16, 2016


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