Irreverent, Intelligent without being overly intellectual, and Forrest Gump-y in the way the story weaves through major world events, Christopher Moore would be proud!
I enjoyed how Allan's interactions with various world leaders (US presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, communist leaders....) inadvertently, yet comically, created 20th century world history.
When the Sophie the elephant "sat". And when Allan and one of his friends were debating on the utility of colorful umbrellas ("no need to shield the vodka from the rain") in their drinks!
Allan, the lead character. His approach to EVERYTHING is easy-going, laid back, humorous (without trying to be), and just enjoyable!
I will definitely be looking for more books by this author!
If the book had ended quicker and not taken so many sometimes confusing back stories with so many characters to follow, I would have rated it five star. The first several chapters are brilliant with quirky characters and intrigue. The story of a Allan Karlsonn, the 100 year old man going out the window and how he gets into trouble with the suitcase of money grabbed my attention right off. I enjoyed hearing about his early life of playing with explosives, his political ties, how he went on to meet Einstein's brother, and placing Allan in other other historical timelines, but at a little over the half point, I tired of the historical escapades. I wanted the story to go back to Allan Karlsonn of present day and end. I finally gave up on the audio book and watched the movie.
Yes. First when I thought it was brilliant, I bought a CD copy for my mother. Then after continued listening, I regretted that purchase.
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson: Oh my! Such a whole lot of absurdity that kept me laughing until my belly hurt. Again, not my usual type book, but I don’t think I’ve enjoyed myself so much in quite a long time. Jonasson is quite the storyteller, and I think I’d like another one or two of his missives. Not too soon, though. It will be a while before my belly stops aching. 5 stars.
My only compliant is that the reader could have used the accent of the characters: Swedish. I kept forgetting that the characters weren't British, which is a shame. And rather stupid on my part.
Allan is, as the title says, 100 years old and decides that he doesn't want to spend his birthday cooped up in a nursing home (understandibly) and decides to go AWOL.
Along the way he manages to accumulate a man that happens to be killed twice (as if once was enough), make friends with an elephant, a man that is so educated he is "almost" a vet, doctor, literary expert (who knows what else), and several leaders of the free (and not-so-free) world. And, yes, the bastard brother of a very famous physicist (guess who!)
If you enjoyed this book, I would recommend Forrest Gump by Winston Groom.
This is a book that people tend to love or hate. I enjoyed it for its understated humor and many historical references. I read it as a casual, amusing tale, and definitely saw the similarity with Forrest Gump mentioned in several reviews. It was fun. Nothing profound, simply a light commentary on much of the last hundred years of world history wrapped into an engaging adventure.
What a thoroughly delightful book. It was funny, quirky and totally far-fetched and I enjoyed every minute of it. In reading some of the other reviews it has been compared to Forrest Gump and that almost made me pass on the book. I am so glad I didn't. It didn't give me a Forrest Gump feel at all.
This was on my list as a potential choice for my book club pick and I think it would be a wonderful read for any book club. Heck, I just want everyone to read it and enjoy it as much as I did.
I wish this writer would not have fallen into the trap of "profanity makes your book better."
This is a delightful story, cleverly written but the F-bombs and profanity ruined it for me. I finally had to turn it off. TOO BAD!
The way the 100 year old man keeps getting into trouble and then out again by accident.
The 100 year old man. He had a fantastic life accidentally meeting world famous characters like Truman, Stalin, Franco, etc. He invented the atomic bomb at Los Alamos even though he was a janitor, and he accidentally gave the secret to the Soviets-amazing.
The 100 year old man.
Laughed like crazy.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
In a blending of Forest Gump meets Baron Munchausen meets Lao Tzu, mild mannered and apolitical Allan Karlsson manages to have an impact on his times, even if no one knows his name. Whether having exceptionally bad luck and hardship, or experiencing the most providential escapes, through it all he accepts whatever comes his way because, as his father pointed out, "whatever will be will be." Fatalistic acceptance forms the core of his character as he goes from one adventure to the next through a very long and very eventful life. Loads of fun.
A fun read, a light read.
And at times funny enough to debilitate me with laughing. This book is essentially a globe trotting, Swedish, highly intelligent Forrest Gump. Numerous events in the man's past and present life are a series of inexplicable events of luck and randomness.
Not much more to say, if that is up your alley, get this book.