The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

  • Started on: 2013-06-14
  • Finished on: 2013-06-16
  • Read in: English
  • Rating: “****-”
  • Genre(s): General Fiction


I saw this book in the shops, and just by the title alone I was intrigued. It is by a Swedish writer, Jonas Jonasson, about Allan Karlsson, a centenarian who escapes from the home he lives in on the day he turns 100 years old. Half of the book tell of his adventures during the escape. He steals a suitcase and turns up on a wanted list and makes many new friends. The other half is about his life, which reminded me of Forest Gump. Allan has met many US presidents, influenced the Manhattan project, traveled through China, Korea, Russia, Iran and many other countries (while meeting many presidents) and yet stays himself, simple and not wanting much.
This is a simple, enjoyable book. Truly a fun read, and there is nothing more to say about it. The writing is good, the characters are fun, the story is fun. Four out of five stars.