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The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out of the Window and Disappeared (Jonas Jonasson)

" A mixture of road movie and picaresque novel in modern packaging. A great pleasure to read."This impeccable sentence from NDR Kultur, Germany, is the most suitable review for this book. I am not a great fan of novels still; reading this novel was real fun, and I finished the 390 pages in 4 sessions.

As the headline symbolizes, its a story of a Hundred-year-old man described Allan. He was around to have a birthday gathering in the old-age home he dwelled in, but out of heavens, he thinks to run away from his room merely an hour ere the party. The novel drives you onward with Allan as he moved away from the old-age home and all the adventures he got on the route. On the way, he is making his new friends, viz: pretty thief Julius, eternal student Benny, the beautiful Gunilla, Boosse, Chief inspector Aronsson, and a former gangster Boss. With the present day, the writer also steers you to a 100 Year of Journey throughout the life of Allan. The story revolves chapter after chapter with Allans Old life and the present cinematic run until the friends reach Bali for a Vacation.

The journey through the past 100 years of Allan will cite multiple International leaders and personalities such as Einstein, Winston Churchill, American Presidents, Soviet Union Leaders, and many other Atomic scientists as characters of the novel. So many historical events will grow connected to the timeline of the book. The significant takeaways from this book for me were:

  • Allan remained a unique character who always prompts us to pass on and work vigorously. He was the navigator of his own life, and nothing limits him in his journey at all stages of life. He will work when his minds want to, and he will relax as long as his mind says so.

  • The novel advised me to always maintain a low profile and promote yourselves in your key skills, and it will help you in unexpected moments of life. Allan ever updated his expertise in bomb-making; it helped him on a very critical occasion while serving tea in a Research Institute.

  • Explore the things that you enjoy the most utmost in your life. Either you determine to appreciate what you do, or else you change your course of life.

There are two quotes in the book that lingers in mind, "Things are what they are, and whatever will be, will be." and "But as long as we think positively, I'm sure a solution will appear." I recommend this book for all who love novels and delightful to both beginners and non-fiction fans. The book is priced at £8.99.

Jonas Jonasson was born in the city of Växjö in southern Sweden in 1961. He first started writing when working as a journalist for a number of Swedish newspapers. He subsequently went on to start his own production company. After several years in the media industry, Jonas felt the urge to do something else.That was when the character of Allan Karlsson came to him: He started to write his first novelThe Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. The debut became a huge international success and was published all over the world. In 2013 it was turned into a major motion picture.The international success was repeated with Jonas' second novelThe Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. A movie adaptation is now in the works, developed by the Hollywood-based Icelandic producer Joni Sighvatsson.Jonas' third novel,Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All, published in 2015.The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Manpublished in Europe in 2018 and in the USA in 2019.


My rating 4.6 out of 5


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