The hundred year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

This book proved me with some light entertainment after a couple of fairly intense books. It’s the story of Allen, who climbs out of his bedroom window on his 100th birthday because he can’t be bothered with it all. He finds himself in a bus station, where he is asked to mind a large suitcase while its owner uses the toilet. On the spur of the moment he decides that there might be a pair of shoes in the suitcase, which could be useful seeing as he has shuffled out in his slippers, so he takes it with him on a bus to… well, wherever his 50 crown note may take him!

And here begins the story of Allen on the run from the police and the criminal gang who own the suitcase and its contents. He meets a variety of strange and unusual characters in his adventures, who all become conspirators in the accidental deaths of various members of the chasing criminal gang along the way. And amongst all this, we learn of Allen’s life history, who in his hundred years has been involved in some of the biggest political events of the twentieth century. Not bad for a man who hates politics!

It’s a very intelligent comedy, completely crazy & very funny.


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One response

  1. A really quirky and funny read that strangely takes in all of twentieth century world history at the same time! Very original – maybe a bit overlong in places and I’m not sure the humour always translates. I can see the film of the book being a hit – the antics with the elephant might pose a few challenges though…


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