I was reading a book that wasn’t incredibly interesting so when I was a the library I took a peek at the express collection, a selection of popular books that you can take out for a week. On the shelf was a happy orange novel called The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared. I grabbed it hoping it would be interesting and exciting and get me out of my reading funk.
Well I’m happy to report that it did! This quirky and funny book was written in Swedish and later translated to English. There are two main parts to the story: what happens once the centenarian goes on the run, and through flashbacks, his life leading up to his one hundredth birthday. Allan’s life is full of adventures and his travels take him all over the Eastern world, from his home in Sweden to Russia and China and Korea and Bali and back to Europe. The pieces of history that he was a part of or influenced in some way were numerous. He has a way with words and manages to get himself into and out of trouble at an alarming rate.
While on the run, Allan makes a spontaneous decision to steal a suitcase before hopping on a train. That decision makes him some enemies, but he befriends people along the way. With his enemies after the suitcase, the police after the truth, and Allan after some excitement, the series of events that follow Allan jumping out the window are full of chance and tragedy but also happiness. It’s an incredible story and Allan is a great example of how it’s never too late to start over. He found excitement and friends and even an elephant.
This is a fun little book that is unlike anything I’ve read. It’s a pretty quick read (good thing if you borrow it from the library as an express read!) and will leave you smiling over Allan’s eventful life and his current predicament. I’m glad I came across this book.