The extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an IKEA wardrobe – Romain Puertolàs


The extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an IKEA wardrobe

Hey guys ! I want to speak about a French book .Yes.. I know… when you saw the title, you thought: WHAT IS THIS TYPE OF BOOK ??? It’s pretty strange, i know… But, it’s a really good book ! Personally I love !

But first, let me introduce this novel…

The extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an IKEA wardrobe( a very long title…) was written by Romain Puertolàs, a French Author, in August 2013, and it’s now a bestseller, and it was translated in many languages.

In fact, Romain Puertolàs, was a perfect unknown writer, and, when he wrote this book, he became very famous! Thank to success, he wrote too “The little girl who swallowed A cloud as big as the Eiffel Tower”(always a very long title…)

I’m sure that, a lot of you doesn’t know this book, and it’s why, i’m gonna to tell you the story.

It’s the story of an Indian Fakir, Ajatashatru (A name which is a little bit difficult to prononce!!) who came in Paris, just to buy an IKEA bed of 15 000 Nails !! (You must think that, it’s a really strange wish… you’re right!).

In fact, when he arrived, he has stolen the Taxi driver, to come in an IKEA store.. He met Marie Rivière, a French,who he has stolen too(I don’t tell you how because it’s a spoil if you want to read this novel.. ) but she became in love with Ajatashatru….

After, he was confined in an IKEA wardrobe, and travelled in many countries in Europa, like England, Italy, Spain, France… and even in Libya… Despite him! The Indian Fakir is really dishonest, but during his “travel”, he will meet many people and he will change!

He became an illegal passenger despite him, and has many problems… Will manages he  to return in Paris and buy his Nail Bed ?


So, I REALLY love this novel, because it’s REALLY funny ! Yes, the story of the Indian Fakir, who come from Indian to Paris, just to buy his Bed nails, and the many things which happens to him is really incredible !!

Moreover, there are many comments of the author in the novel like ( Ajatashatru : Pronounce “Achète un chat roux”) and it makes the story funnier !!

Although it’s funny, it’s also serious and a bit sad, because it speak about a current event : The illegal immigration. Ajatashatru met some Africans, who wanted to go from Calais, in France, to London, to work, and they tell him their tragical stories.

I advise you to read this book, which is (According to me) really good and it denounce pretty good the illegal immigration.

Did you know and read it ?

6 réflexions au sujet de « The extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an IKEA wardrobe – Romain Puertolàs »

  1. Wow … it seems to be very … strange. First the title is very long and tells a lot about the story contrary to the usual titles of books. Then the scenario is not really attractive … But it seems to be a funny book and sometimes we need to laugh 🙂 !

  2. I read this book a few months ago and I have to say that even if it’s very funny, it is also so touching! However, I found it touching in a way I can’t explain, an uncommun way… Don’t you think so? 🙂

  3. Yes ! It’s so funny ! But yes, as i said, it’s also a little bit sad because it’s speaks about the illegal immigration !
    In fact, it was a book that we had to read for the french class ! When i began to read, i said : WOW It’s really interresting, so i read this in 2 days 🙂
    Because often, the book given by the french teacher … I do not like ! :/
    Yeah, in fact, when i saw the title of the book, i found this really fun, and as you said, it’s really different !
    Thanks for your comment 🙂

  4. I agree with Manon on the fact that the scenario seems to be a bit borring… But only that ! Because you said that there were humour and so. Perhaps do we learn something after all these travels… Meeting new people to finally have a new opinion about the world : that’s someting I like.
    Would you mind lending me this book ? 😀

  5. Your summary sounds funny, interesting… and a bit weird, but anyway. Sometimes, we are looking for some strange books that we can’t really put in a category like this one so I think that I will keep in mind the title of the book and I will put an eye on soon. 🙂

  6. No problem Manon, when you want ! 🙂
    Yes, because of the lot of humour used in the novel, it makes the book more interresting ! 🙂
    Good idea Loic 😉 If you want the french title it’s : « L’extraordinaire voyage du fakir qui était resté coincé dans une armoire IKEA ». 🙂

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