The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

9781743311271_300WThe One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
I loved this book, in the same way I loved “The Sisters Brothers” by Patrick De Witt.

It is Allan’s 100th birthday and he has had enough of living within the rules of the rest home.  On a whim, he steps out the window and disappears.   He takes a bus, he meets some people, he makes some mistakes, he meets some more people, all the while telling his most intriguing life story.  This book is part historical fiction, part Forest Gump, but mostly it is original and funny.

It has a whimsical, slow wit about it, drawing you in with a dry, satirical voice.

Recommended to readers 17+, there would be no harm for younger readers but the depth of the experience would be lost on them.  4 ½ stars.


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