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

Rating : 3.5/5

Allan Karlsson, a hundred year old man disappears before he can blow his candles in his retirement home. He rode a bus which his money can afford with a suitcase a young man has made him keep on watch. Before hitting the hundredth year in his life Allan has helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. With Allan on escape the mayor who came to the party in his nursing home to which he found out the celebrant was not there, the press and the police has gone looking for him especially the owner of the suitcase and his allies.

I first tried to watch the movie but at some point I got bored so I decided to read the book instead. The story starts with Allan sitting looking out in his window waiting for his birthday party where the mayor, the press and the head of the retirement home will be barging in his room. Then he decides to jump off his window and go anywhere but here. I loved how for a person who have experienced a lot in his life still has it in him to feel alive despite his weak knees. Well, in his journey he became friends with Julius who steals every now and then from his neighbors and lives right in front of the tracks, Benny a hotdog vendor who has a very rich uncle who left him and his brother with an abundant inheritance to their education because himself wasn’t lucky to get one. But he became an almost of every occupation. Almost doctor, almost engineer…He also met Beauty who falls in love with Benny and own an elephant and a dog. The real owner of the suitcase who then became their friend and lastly the police who came searching for them but allied with Allan and the group when the Judge came to interrogate.

The characters are the most interesting and the ones who made this book interesting. Each one of them had different lives before they had met Allan and all of them were at some point in their lives where they can’t figure out what to do next. Allan, helped them somehow to enjoy and live life to the fullest.

Allan grew up with a rebellious father who was captured and shot to death. His mother got really sick working and died. He was fond of bombs since he was a kid so when he became an orphan he was bombing things here and there until he blew off the head of the butcher and confined in a mental hospital. But when the doctor examined him for years and years the doctor asked him if he had an ancestor who was black. BLACK. So he said it wouldn’t be so bad if he had one. And the last thing I know they cut off his genitals to AVOID FURTHER REPRODUCTION. I seriously got hooked with this part because Allan, wasn’t really worried about it because he said ‘Regret doesn’t do you much good, unless you have a time machine.’ He was a really positive young lad and I adored his character for it.

I really enjoyed this book especially the killings(it sounds creepy but when you actually read the murder parts you don’t know if you have to feel sorry or laugh) and the fun that Allan and his friends had.


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