Word Press doesn’t seem to like my extra-long title – the full title is: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson This is one of the 20 pence Kindle books – what a brilliant idea! I even got the Life of Pi for 20 pence.
Allan Karlsson has just turned 100. He is in his room in the nursing home as everyone is getting the place ready for his birthday party but instead of going to his party, he climbs out of the window and runs away.
He only has about 60 krone in his pocket so he heads off the bus station and readies himself to catch the next bus out of town. Whilst he is waiting for the bus to arrive, he is asked by a dodgy looking youth to care for his suitcase whilst he visits the bathroom. The bus arrives and Allan gets on the bus with the man’s case. This sets him off on an interesting journey involving criminals, dead bodies and amusing twists and turns. His story is interspersed with flashbacks into his extremely eventful past and also the bungling investigation by Swedish police into finding him.
I found this a little difficult to start with but a couple of chapters in, I found myself hooked with the amusing and sometimes ridiculous twists of the story. It certainly had some laugh out loud moments and it was definitely a page turner as I wanted to know what this remarkable old man got up to.