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From The Paperback Version,
This review is from: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (Kindle Edition)If you thought that Sweden only produced dour and depressing crime books, then think again. Jonas Jonasson has here produced a comic gem that has been gaining popularity by word of mouth alone.
Meet Allan Karlson, it is the 2nd May 2005, and he is just about to have a hundredth birthday party arranged by the old people's home, where he resides. This isn't what Allan wants though, so climbing out of his window he does a bunk. After stealing a suitcase on wheels he starts a manhunt for him, with both the police and criminals after him. As he progresses on his road trip he meets and makes friends with a host of unusual characters.
If that wasn't funny enough and ripe for comedy we also have another story as such, as we are also shown Allan's life. Allan has always tried to avoid politics, but throughout the 20th Century, there he is, with some of the big players of the time.
This book is never boring, it will have you laughing away at its comic incidents and characters. Allan just looks for the basics in life, a roof over his head, food and a drink. Ultimately he becomes someone whom you can't help liking as you find out more about him, and the same goes for other characters in this book. Although there are deaths here ultimately this book is life affirming, and remember, you are never too old to have some adventure and fun.
This paperback edition also contains a short interview with the author, as well as a reading group guide. Indeed this would make great book for a group to read.
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2012 11:55:08 BDT
Thank you for your excellent review - I am now going to order a copy and I look forward to reading it. (It seems to be the year for elderly men taking to the road on impulse. I recently read 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry', and found that a really good, moving novel. Harold only pops out to post a letter, initially!
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2012 15:59:02 BDT
M. Dowden says:
Thanks for your comment. I have heard of the Harold Fry book, although I haven't read it. You have now made me decide to order a copy. : )
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2012 12:44:32 BDT
I agree with the excellent reviews given to this book, I loved it, a totally unique and compelling story with lots of dry humour, a complete gem of a book.
Posted on 8 Oct 2012 19:39:56 BDT
Yes a wonderful review I am now also going to buy a copy and look forward to some laughs
Posted on 18 Nov 2012 11:30:59 GMT
I am definitely going to order this book after reading your excellent review...wish I could be as succinct!
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