Monday, August 24, 2015
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
It's about a man who on his 100th birthday climbs out his window at the old folks home and disappears. It follows his life after he escapes and also his extremely interesting life up to his escape.
It's an incredibly charming read. It's smart and funny and easily one of the best books I've read this year. There actually came a moment when I realized that I had accepted certain things as commonplace in this book when in any other book I might have thought it was nuts. I guess once you accept the basic premise of this story, nothing else that happens seems too incredulous.
It's just fantastic. You will need a super basic understanding of the history of most of the world for you to accept the sheer gravity of the life he lead, but honestly, its not a complicated book. There is a lot of talk of politics, but again, do not let this deter you. It's well worth the read.
This novel is a work of fiction but it was so crazy, that special kind of crazy, that it could have almost *almost* been real. It is truly a delightful read that made me smile and laugh. It's so much more than I had ever hoped it would be and I am more than pleased to have read it.
I spend quite a long time recounting every single detail to my guy after reading it. I've also noticed it's been made into a movie and I most certainly will be checking it out.
Recommendation: For the lover of a story. Pure and simple. If you love a good story then please, please read this!