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

“If you haven’t read it, you should! The protagonist is a certain Allan Karlsson, who decides to flee his care home on his one hundredth birthday, much to the dislike of Director Alice. This escape mission provides one half of the narrative, in which we hear about the people Allan meets and the mischief he gets up to. One friend he meets, Benny, has a degree in just about anything.

The other, perhaps larger, half of the novel describes Allan’s incredibly eventful past hundred years. Allan’s life is a bit like Forrest Gump’s, really. The amount of presidents he has met and known on a first-name basis is nothing less than ridiculous. Allan also speaks multiple languages for several amusing reasons, and travels extensively through his various careers, journeys and imprisonments.

Read The Hundred-Year-Old Man if you want a light-hearted yet intelligent read, filled with historical references and laugh-out-loud anecdotes. It’s particularly good holiday reading (or just a sunny day in the garden), and I’ve already recommended it to so many people at the bookshop I work at.”

– Lucy on Tolstoy Therapy


“There are only two things I can do better than most people. One of them is to make vodka from goats’ milk, and the other is to put together an atom bomb.” – The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared


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