The 100 Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson is a comical romp through time and politics as told by a fictional, unpretentious centenarian named Allan.
As the story begins, it is the 100th birthday of Allan who resides in a nursing home in Sweden. However, Allan wants nothing to do with the party in his honor. Instead, he decides to escape and, as the book title conveys, climbs out his bedroom window, goes to the train station, steals a suitcase, and a wild adventure beyond belief ensues.
Over the course of his journey, Allan shares his amazing experiences with many famous people around the world with whom he interacted during the course of his lifetime. His stories are so unbelievable that you almost have to laugh.
I would classify this novel as farce. More than one person recommended it to me. I wouldn’t say it’s anywhere near being one of the best books I’ve ever read, but I did enjoy the way the author wove political history into the story of this man’s life making him the unsung man behind the scenes. It is very clever. I was disappointed in the ending of the story as it seemed repetitious to me. I think that overall it is an entertaining story.