The Hundred Year Old Man – Review

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.

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4 thoughts on “The Hundred Year Old Man – Review

  1. Namaste Steph 🙂

    All’s well thank you as I hope it is for you to?

    If you’ve not experienced audio-books before – or if you have and are looking for another good title – my suggestion is a pleasure to listen to…there’s nothing better than a well told story read out-loud whilst you kick back and enjoy it. Why not treat yourself…subscription is around £9.00 a month, so similar in price to a physical book, the only difference being you don’t need bookshelves to store your library.

    Happy browsing! Namaste 🙂


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  2. Namaste Steph 🙂

    I purchased this on audio-book a couple of years ago, it remains one of my favourite stories. Delighted to hear you also enjoyed it. I thought it excellent.

    If I might suggest another great title- also enjoyed on audio-book, read by the actor Jim Broadbent – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. The synopsis taken from Audible UK/Random House Audio Books is as follows –

    (Winner: New Writer of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012) ‘When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking – to save someone else’s life.’

    Enjoy your evening 🙂



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