The 100 Year Old ManTitle : The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared

Author : Jonas Jonasson

ISBN-10 :  1401324649

ISBN-13 : 978-1401324643

Paperback : 400 pages

The Plot :

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over . . .

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

Review :

A hilarious read! I loved it from the very first page until the end. The main characters are so distinctly culled out and make such an impression. There were moments where I laughed out loud and for the rest I was chuckling. What I loved most were the cameos by some of the most powerful political figures on the century and how well it was woven into the plot line. All in all it’s a wonderful escapist read.

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