I’m back today with the first book review of Blogtober, and it’s a good’un: “The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson is a really endearing story about an old man named Allan Karlsson who doesn’t want to be a part of the huge celebrations that are underway for his 100th birthday, and instead decides to escape his rest home through the ground floor window and embark on a new journey that takes him across the country, meeting strange people and having the adventure of a lifetime.
This book is extremely easy to read and is one of three popular books written by the same Jonas Jonasson; the series includes “The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden” and “Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All”. I really love the style of writing that Jonas Jonasson employs when creating these intricately detailed stories, it’s so different to anything that I’ve been reading lately and really makes you feel involved with the story which I love in a novel.
The book has also been adapted to a 2014 film version, you can view the trailer here. I watched it the other day and it stays so true to the novel, and Alan is so sweet in it: sort of a Nordic Forrest Gump in the sense that this guy seems to be in every single major event of the last century!
The book does take a little bit of time to get into, just keep going until he actually leaves the nursing home and then there is just non-stop craziness!
I’ll be back tomorrow with another Blogtober post!
Lots of Love,