The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
“Revenge is like politics, one thing always leads to another until bad has become worse, and worse has become worst.”
It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel-good book for all ages.
I am going to give this book the benefit of the doubt and hope that it simply didn’t translate well into english because it was so incredibly dull. The book cover and description had me so excited, I was expecting a riveting, hilarious and more insightful version Disney’s UP. But that might have been part of the problem as nothing can live up to the expectations of UP.
This book dragged on and on and I felt like it was never going to end. I didn’t find myself interested in the main character Allen and his complete lack of a personality. I became so frustrated by the misadventures and constant introduction of more characters and unrealistic plot twists.
I absolutely loved the concept of the book, I just feel like it wasn’t executed properly. Tedious would be the word best used to describe my reading reading experience. 1.5 out of 5 stars.