The Hundred-year-old Man Who … by Jonas Jonasson

Jonas Jonasson 001BOOK MY PLACE / BOOK REVIEW (The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared) – When Allan Karlsson climbs out of the window of the old people’s home in Malmkoping, we don’t really expect this centenarian to get very far.  He does, however, even if his first short bus trip (with a stolen suitcase) only takes him to an abandoned railway station.

However, Karlsson turns out to be a man of great resource, quite able to dispose of various enemies (including the owner of the suitcase) and win round the most unlikely companions (including an elephant and the inspector of police who is searching for him).

Like Forrest Gump, Karlsson has also met most of the world’s leaders, including Mao and Stalin, and survived these encounters as well as long terms in prison.  He has contributed enormously to the spread of nuclear weapons too.

Never a dull moment in this book, which, though stretching our credibility quite a bit, never breaks it entirely!

The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is another Swedish best-seller that was translated from Jonas Jonasson’s original 2009 version by Rod Bradbury, and published in English in 2012.