The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

This summer I’ve got back into reading novels (to my mum’s delight!) and I wanted to share some of my opinions on the best and worst books that are now sat on my shelf, a little book review if you like.

Some of these you HAVE to read. I’ve been waving this particular one in the face of my family since I finished the last page and recommending it to whoever will listen to me. 

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. 


Alan Karlsson is a moody, stubborn old man who has never wasted time on planning ahead in life. He has reached the grand age of one-hundred-years-old and he couldn’t really give a damn. Instead, on the day of his birthday Alan decides to escape his care home exiting via his bedroom window. Whilst waiting for a bus, Alan’s asked to look after another passenger’s suitcase. Without a moment’s thought Alan steals the suitcase which is full of criminal money, and jumps on the next arriving bus, its destination unimportant to him. 

The story unfolds as Alan gathers up an assorted crew to help hide away from the criminal owners of the suitcase who are now chasing him across Sweden. Throughout the madness we are flashed back to key moments of Alan’s life and his involvement in influential world events. Ironically Alan hates politics yet always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time consequencing in him befriending many world leaders, and dictators, and impacting on huge political decisions of the 20th century. 

Alan is hugely likable and witty but he couldn’t care less what people think about him. Which of course then makes him even more likable! His laid back yet splendid attitude on life and death is uplifting. This book breaks the motto ‘live every day as if its your last’ because if you think about death so much, no matter what age you are, you’ll stop getting on with living your life.

This story will move you, make you laugh and quote lines from it for weeks on end, if not forever.  


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