So a review of The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson… Firstly, I just need to GUSH! Another one of my random picks at the book shop – The Hundred Year Old Man – I opened it. I read a couple of lines and I was hooked. One of those books that instantly draws you. Well written, great (and absurd) story line and lots of action at the pace of a hundred year old man. For me a definitely quirky page turner. So far my top recommendation for 2013 (hahaha yes, it is the 1st Jan, so that is easily said).
Synopsis: The book is about Allan Karlsson a Swedish pensioner and his “escape” from a nursing home During the escape all sorts of things happen – but things that could only happen to Allan and to Allan’s way of looking at life. The chapters alternate between Allan’s adventure in the present (involving gangs, elephants and police) and Allan’s life story (involving rather more than gangs, elephants and police and a lot of vodka). But we ask ourselves, how will the present day adventure possibly end well.
I cannot describe this book other than random, quirky and unbelievable in a rather convincing way. Allan has a special outlook in life – things will be as they will be – so you may as well just carry on. This attitude has seen him threw a number of pickles in his life, involving Russians, Americans, Spanish and Koreans. Wanting nothing more than not to talk about politics and religion, he invariable gets wrapped up right at the core of world politics. But how so, for a man, born to a small town in Sweden and with only 3 years formal education at school?
The Guardian puts it nicely “Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time.”
Page turner: 9/10 (Not a page turner in the sense of the latest thriller, but I was certainly left wanting to read more about Allan and his impossible life)
Story line: 9/10 (A wholly original if quite ridiculous story)
The ending: 9/10 (Just a tad corney.. but there is no other way this book could end)
In short – any avid reader who enjoys a wide range of eclectic books will enjoy this light hearted read.