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This old man has all his marbles...,
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This review is from: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (Kindle Edition)
I was completely blown away by this book. It brought to mind the early Tom Sharpe novels; irresistibly my mind kept floating away to a landscape peopled by eccentric old men, inefficient criminals, Peter Sellers in Pink Panther, all the caricatures of television farce.
I won't detail the plot, you can see that from the other reviews, and by reading the blurb, that it concerns an eccentric pensioner with attitude, with a life story to match, who holds one's attention all through the book. He needs his vodka and can't stand the thought of his Centenary party at the old people's home in which he has ended up where the Matron has been attempting to institutionalise him and take all the joy of choice from his life so, on a sudden whim, he hops out of the window and legs it to the bus station. The other sudden whim, nearly his undoing, was to then hop on the bus with someone else's suitcase, entrusted to him by the owner, who had popped into the loo. So the tale begins.
It is peopled by real political leaders acting in fairly unbelievable ways (at least, I hope they are !) and yet there is a warning message running through this book on several levels, the least of them being a warning not to take anyone too seriously. Especially leaders of countries, matrons of retirement homes, in fact, anyone in authority, whether voted in or not.
Some people won't like the way it goes from past to present, but when someone is one hundred years old, I am not sure there would be enough `present' to build the story on. And it is the past which is so interesting, from a world political point of view, to someone like me who hates anything historical and especially about war. I have assimilated things that I have steadfastly refused to dwell on, and the comical presentation almost makes it more believable than the truth.
Do read this book if you want something to hold your attention, take you back to your father's youth and most of all, if you want something to make you laugh.
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Initial post: 15 Jan 2013 15:06:31 GMT
Christopher H says:
The way this book is written about by yourself and various readers, it looks like an updated version of "Little Big Man" (Little Big Man [DVD]) Is it?
Posted on 25 Jan 2013 22:16:46 GMT
I thought it was brilliant. I ended up rationing it out, as I didn't want it to end. Cheerful, funny, completely irreverent , a book for everyone - including elephant lovers.
Posted on 3 Apr 2013 07:31:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Apr 2013 07:50:01 BDT
Miss Annie says:
What a read! I was given this book recently as a birthday present from my grown-up son and I'm no where near 100 years old.
The title and front cover layout is enough to make the reader curious but on entering its contents it's a 'can't put down book'. The author captured a very interesting, funny and sensitive angle on old age of the human race with a large dose of imagination.
I was challenged when reading even the first chapter as the main character of the old man made choices, which in real life would be questionable to their honesty. He and his other associates bring in a type of good versus evil element to the many events they experience.
I found this story very refereshing. It made me smile and laugh and have a thread of thought all the way through reading the book to think that the purpose of old age is to live it to the fullness of our abilities which in turn really applies to each one of us whatever our age.
Well done old man!
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