Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

This one was way too much fun. An absolute gem of a farce. As the title suggests, Allan Karlsson cannot face another mushy meal pulverized for old folks, nor does he wish to be surrounded by doddering, drooling old fools to help him celebrate his 100th birthday in the old folks home, so he climbs out the window of his room before the birthday luncheon, and sets off on an adventure. At the bus station, he is asked by a young man to "watch the suitcase" while the youngun goes to the rest room. The bus comes, Allan picks up the suitcase, thinking its owner is on the way, and embarks on a life of crime, mayhem and memory reflection that often begs our belief.  The suitcase's owner misses the bus, and Allan finds himself in possession of ......  well I don't want to spoil this one, but suffice it to say that Allan finds himself hiding out from the authorities, and not just because he doesn't want to go back to the home.

There is a trio of criminals reminiscent of the Three Stooges, a retired elephant who comes to reside with Allan's new "family", guest appearances by practically every world leader who graced the planet during Allan's 100 years, incompetent police, and a winding plot that keeps the reader laughing even while saying "that can't possibly have happened." A total package of characters, settings, and plot twists. Something for everyone.

Author: Jonas Jonasson
Publisher: Hyperion 2012, paperback, 400 pages
Genre: Fiction, farce, comedy
Subject: crime, old age, world history
Setting: Sweden, Spain, Arizona, Pacific Islands, Russia
Source: Public Library
Why did I read this book now? It was recommended by a library patron.

1 comment:

  1. Every time I read a review of this book it sounds even better! I guess it's time for me to finally pick up a copy, I've been meaning to for such a long time. Maybe I can convince my book club to read it with me ;)


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