The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
By Jonas Jonasson
Hyperion, 2012. 384 pgs. Fiction
It’s Allan Karlsson’s 100th birthday. The nursing home is about to throw him a big party to celebrate. Problem is, Allan doesn’t want to attend his birthday party, partially because he doesn’t think there will be any alcohol served, which is really no party at all. He would much rather crawl out the window and see where the wind leads him. So, this is what he does. Dressed in his pajamas and slippers, Allan is about to embark on a grand adventure, which the reader soon learns, is but the most recent in a long life lived to it’s fullest.
It’s easy to think that the only literature coming out Scandinavia these days deals with serial killers and violence against women. Not so! This funny and irreverent book is as far from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as you can get. As Allan journeys out into the world he meets a fun cast of characters, but even more entertaining is his reminiscences about his unlikely past.