4.8/5.0 A heartwarming funny read.
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.
Such a lovely read, the title really does sum up what the book is about. It has humour by the bucketful, maybe not laugh out loud but it will make you smile. An easy read which will keep you picking the book up, the name dropping can get a bit tedious at times but it really is all part of the story, so maybe that was just me. A character that has seen (and affected) this much history has to be worth a read. Add it to your ‘to be read’ pile and you won’t be disappointed.
The Blurb –
It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel-good book for all ages.