I like to think of this novel as an elderly version of Forest Gump, with much more humour and drinking. The novel follows the innocent yet extremely exciting life of Allan Karlsson, beginning his tale at the age of one hundred in a retirement home in Sweden. As gang war and murder follow the old mans present steps, Allan’s life is gradually recalled as the novel progresses, drawing in a number of world leaders and major events of the first half of the 20th century.
The sheer absurdity of how intricate Allan’s innocent character becomes involved in a wide array of events makes for an enjoyable and light-hearted read. Jonasson creates a wonderful world where the simplest of people can get almost anywhere in life with good manners and a high tolerance for drink. Though the film adaptation for this as usual did not live up to its original written form, The-Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared is certainly a book which should find a home on your shelf. Owing to it’s easy reading nature, I would certainly recommend this for the summer!
Length: 400 (Abacus)
Overall Rating: 5 stars
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