The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared …a review

Yes, that is what it is called. It was my first Kindle read (more on that later) and I downloaded it because the name sounded interesting and promising. I wasn’t disappointed!

It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. He is reluctantly waiting for his birthday party at the old age home to begin. The setting is a small town in Sweden. 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 then begins a fantastic tale that spans across the entire 20th century. The book is written in alternate chapters, one about the current adventures and then the next as a flashback of Allan’s life leading up to that time. The tales of a man who has travelled the entire world during the tumultuous time around World wars, Cold war, and the Internet age…
Most of the incidents seem unbelievable at first but then, in the later half of the (fairly long) novel, it all comes together. The plot is watertight, I couldn’t find loopholes, the content was so well-woven together. The humour too, is brilliant! It had be laughing out loudly in parts 😀
The only thing that put me off slightly is the fact that alternate chapters were very differently sized. This was because the current happening spanned a week or so and the flashback had to pack in one hundred years. What that meant was that I would be engrossed in a flashback chapter and completely forget what was happening now!
It’s available for really cheaply on the Kindle, so I’d definitely recommend the ebook.
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5 thoughts on “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared …a review

  1. I sold a lot of this book last year when I was working in a book store (best job ever, btw)
    It’s originally Swedish, so it got translated to Norwegian pretty fast. There are a lot of brilliant Swedish books like this one, such as Karin Brunk Holmqvist’s books (they haven’t been translated to English yet though, I just checked), or Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg who as far as I can tell has not been translated to English yet either… But they are really a hit here in Norway. I mean, who can not love a book about two old sisters who decide to start selling Viagra by mail in order to buy a new toilet to impress the handsome old man who just moved in next door? Makes me wonder where the author gets it from…

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