Sunday, June 29
Book Review: The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Pages: EBook 299
Summary: After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his alcohol consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey.
It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, he has actually played a key role in them. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.
My Rating: 7.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I did find this to be a little over-the-top at times, and by the end, the humour and quirks found within the story, lost the initial appeal it had in the beginning, but it was still a fun book, and one that made me laugh out loud.
The book was well written, although I did find a few times certain phrases and words didn't exactly go well together, and I have to wonder if it's because the book has been translated. Most of the time, everything flowed together, but there were a few times I noticed that some things just didn't connect during the narrative.
At times, the story was hilarious. Absurdly, hilarious, but it made for a fun and enjoyable read. This isn't a book where logic makes much sense, from murder, to elephants and other random events that you'd never expect in a book about a 100-year-old man, it created a very different reading experience.
The characters were well done, very shaped out and all a bit quirky. The 100-year old man was a memorable character, and I think the author did a good job with him. I can't say I have a favourite character, but I do think together, the characters were what made the book as enjoyable as it was.
The only issue I had with the book, was that the humour and the quirks began to get old by the end. After a while, it lost the original amusement the book brought me. It was still a good read, but after a while, I wanted the book to move forward, and it didn't go as fast as I would have liked. The ending was well done, and definitely a book I'd recommend, but it did drag out in the end.
Overall, I found it to be a very amusing book, and one well worth reading.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. It's a bit over-the-top, but it was a fun read, and if you are looking for something, that is a quick, quirky and fun read, this is it.
What to read next: I'm not sure on this one. I enjoyed Dopler a lot. And many readers find Terry Fallis' books humours, so you may want to start there.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge