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

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Title: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Series: The Hundred-Year-Old Man #1
Author(s): Jonas Jonasson
No. of pages: 358
Genre: Contemporary, Humor
Publication date: 2009
Date read: November 17th 2018
3/5 ★


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. A big celebration is in the works for his 100th birthday, 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: he has not only witnessed some of the most important events of the 20th century, but 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.


This book ended up being so very different from what I thought it’d be. It thought it would be a sweet read about an old man who’s a little scattered every now and then, but it was none of that. Allan is still as clever and quick as a bird. He ends up in the most unbelievable situations, just like he did during his earlier life before he ended up in a nursing home.

That was also what my problem with the book was – it was so unbelievable that it began to bother me a bit at the end. Of course, I know it’s fiction, but I like my fiction to be a little believable. Especially if it’s fiction that takes place in the real world as we know it. It was so lighthearted about big events and important characters in history, that it just became a little too much for me.

On the other side, The Hundred-Year-Old Man […] was an entertaining read and I definitely laughed out loud every now and then, just because it was all so ridiculous. At first I had a hard time with the chapters that take place in Allan’s past, but in the end I saw the value of them and I really liked what Jonasson did with the ending and how he put Allan’s past and present together.

So, if you’re looking for a lighthearted, funny story that doesn’t take the world so seriously, The Hundred-Year-Old Man […] is the book for you! After all I still want to read the second book: The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man!

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