Top positive review
on 12 March 2014
I have read The Hundred Year Old Man... and thought it very engaging but wasn't sure if this wasn't going to be a copycat book. With my own mother in a retirement home, a story about five people who are in a very similar establishment in Sweden, living out lives they no longer feel they control, grabbed my attention. With cost-cutting moves by the care home led to restrictions on their movements and a decline in the quality and quantity of the food, the five began to think that they might get better food and better conditions if they were in a prison, so they planned a crime which would have them removed to just such a place. I would not like to spoil the many surprises by saying what happens, but one thing leads to another - and then to another and because they are just 'old people', they fall below everyone's radar. Nobody expects the old to break the law in any serious way. What? With grey hair and zimmers!
Apart from being great fun to read, this book says quite a lot about what it is to be old and regarded as generally stupid and useless and how people in retirement homes are just expected to doze in an armchair in front of the TV to while away the remainder of their days. Well, these five old people certainly were not prepared to do this. PerhapsI should give it to my mum to read!