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A modern Candide,
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This review is from: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (Paperback)
I love this book! I bought it on the strength of the title and have read and re-rewad it since. In the manner of early Tom Sharpe the story of Allan Karlson's "escape" from his own birthday party unfolds in a hilarious sequence of events, each of which is unlikely but just plausible enough to draw the reader along and accept the absurd situations our ancient hero finds himself in. Intercut with these adventures is an account of his long life as he wanders amiably through the 20th century like a modern day Candide, meeting the famous and casually changing history, A delight!