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This is a wonderful, crazy, fun-filled book.
The back cover of this witty and droll novel compares it with Forest Gump but that is a very superficial comparison. Jonassun's novel is much deeper, incisive and more relevant than Gump. The author takes the opportunity to use a centenarian's exploits not merely to place him alongside famous figures or events but to draw incisive caricatures of a wide array of historical figures from Harry Truman to Mao Tse Tung, Joseph Stalin, Charles DeGaulle and Richard Nixon. Each caricature is well-drawn, according to the author's disposition and each contains kernels of accuracy, although there is much left to debate.
But debate is not really what this book is all about. This is a whimsical, absurdist adventure that is amenable to quibbling at every turn. But why bother? Why not just have fun and go along for the ride? That's what I did and despite my penchant for historical accuracy, I am a stickler on that count, I managed to put it aside and just have a good time, a snicker here and there, and an occasional laugh. This book is amusing, quick read and best of all, downright first-class entertainment. So toss aside your politics, save your quibbles for a different book and just have fun with an impossibly unbelievable centenarian who manages to get into and out of a myriad situations, each one of which would be the death of any real life character.
There were many moments when I laughed out loud during reading this novel. I could vividly picture Allan climbing out of his window on the morning of his 100th birthday and escaping the nursing home - I bet that many hundred year olds biding their time in such a facility have entertained thoughts of doing the same! But Allan is no ordinary hundred year old (if such a thing exists - all the hundred year olds I have met have been extra-ordinary and amazing people). He is also blessed with a mischievous spirit, a wicked sense of humour, an addiction to vodka and 9 lives. Blissfully ignorant as far as politics are concerned, he is blessed with wonderful common sense and the ability to take each person at face value, which lands him in the most bizarre situations with the most unusual characters. Jonasson's imagination has no limits where his protagonist is concerned - as the novel progresses and Allan's past is revealed, he makes an appearance and plays a leading role in some of the most fundamental political events in last century's history. With his colourful (and explosive) background it is no wonder that the hundred-year-old Allan manages to get into trouble as soon as he has left the nursing home behind.
I have read several reviews which compared this novel to Forrest Gump.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not my kind of book. I am sure others would enjoy reading it, but was not a book I enjoyed.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Surprising twists and a fun look at world history during the life of this adventurous centenarian.Published 3 days ago by J. Bentley
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson, author; Steven Crossley, narrator
When I started to read this, I enjoyed the humor and... Read more
I enjoyed reading about Allen's past almost as much as I enjoyed reading the hilarious story of his current circumstances. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was great fun reading this book. Even though I said that there was some violence, it wasn't brutal. It was kind of happenstance. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Deeds
I'll be looking for Jonasson's other books. The 100-year-old man was a rare treat, sort of a tongue-in- cheek Cliff notes' introduction to 20th century history, with some great... Read morePublished 4 days ago by dupont reader
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