- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion Books; International edition (24 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786891459
- ISBN-13: 978-0786891450
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9,712 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Mass Market Paperback – 24 Sep 2013
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The historic events narrated with Alan at the centre are so ludicrous that you sometimes pause and wonder what is true and what isn't. Some might find the story too reminiscent of Forrest Gump but at the same time would wish for Allan to have run across Forrest at some point in the greatest encounter ever imagined.
So, if you enjoyed watching Forrest Gump, there is no doubt that you will enjoy reading about Allan's adventures.
My only criticism about the story is how the bad guy conveniently softens up, but at that point in my reading, I had come to expect that anything could happen.
Jonas Jonasson has a wonderful way of writing. He takes you on a quirky and hilarious journey through various countries during the major events of the 20th century. Allan doesn't intend to be at the centre of it all, but somehow he stumbles across world leaders and major historical figures on his journey around the world. This isn't a book to take too seriously, but a lovely introduction to a completely unbelievable one hundred year old man and the events he has experienced.
The story is about an old man who climbs out of the window of his care home and escapes via train. He becomes involved with criminals and other people whilst the book also looks back at his very eventful life where he seems to have been at the heart of some major world events and to have known some influential people. The message of the book is that no one is too old to really live and that the older people we see may have had more exciting lives than we can imagine. When you are reading the book you really don't have any idea what is going to happen next and the author moves the story quickly from one situation to another many of which are very funny. The book is written in a light-hearted, matter of fact manner which is a real contrast to the content and helps to make it quirky and unusual.
I did have just a slight concern that the style of the book meant that death and injury to characters was rather ignored or at least little time was given to the impact of it. The same rather applied to the many criminal acts which take place. You need not to let this bother you and read the book as a sort of modern fairytale and then you need to heed the message and regard older people in a different way in future.
I didn't feel I quite got the bits about Indonesia. Maybe Indonesia plays a different and more humorous role in the Swedish imaginary than in mine. Other than that, jolly good fun.
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