The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Allan interrupted the two brothers by saying that he had been out and about in the world and if there was one thing he had learned it was that the very biggest and apparently most impossible conflicts on earth were based on the dialogue: “You are stupid, no, it’s you who are stupid, no, it’s you who are stupid.” The solution, said Allan, was often to down a bottle of vodka together and then look ahead.
Hi everyone! Okay so yeah I know I took the longest hiatus ever. New job and life in general has been keeping me generally exhausted and needed a couple months to get back in the groove. That being said, I have been reading A TON so I have a lot of new material to talk about!
Today I would like to talk about the most recent book I have finished; one that has now become my all-time favorite book, and that’s saying a lot. The book is called “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson. This book is a laugh-out-loud-wherever-you-are kind of book and I thought it was so entertaining and wonderfully original. I found myself laughing hysterically to myself constantly. My boyfriend Karl found this one, and after listening to it himself, insisted that I HAD TO listen because I was sure to enjoy it as much as he did. He was 100% spot on.
The story follows the extraordinarily hilarious/unbelievable life of 100-year-old Allan Karlsson. It jumps back and forth between the present (2005) and his past, (from childhood to present) in a captivating narrative, beginning with Allan escaping his old folks home to get away from the insatiable director of the home and his own birthday party. It then follows his unexpected adventures full of murder, crime, new friends, and hilarious misunderstandings. As the story unfolds, you learn about the unbelievable life that Allan has lived, including but not limited to, inventing the atom bomb, walking across to the Himalayas because he couldn’t get a flight back to Sweden, impersonating important government officials, blowing up his home on multiple occasions, drinking tequila with a US president, and so many more crazy adventures.
It is the funniest book I have ever read. The humor is dark at times, but written in such a funny way that you can’t help but laugh.
Although I just mentioned that I have been doing a lot of reading, this book in particular I listened to on audio-book. If you have Amazon Prime, this book is currently free to stream through audible on their amazon prime channels. I HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND LISTENING TO THIS ONE ON AUDIBLE. The narrator of the audible version is PHENOMENAL! I truly believe that the narrator really enhances the experience, and although I am sure I would have enjoyed the book if I physically read it (which I probably will in the future), it was hysterical to listen to. A+++ to the author of course, but also to the audible narrator of this one, fantastic!
Please go out and listen to this one, I can’t wait to hear what others think of it. Hopefully you will all enjoy it as much as Karl and I did. What were your favorite parts/characters/adventures? What did you enjoy (or not enjoy) about the story?
Excited to be back and as always, happy reading (or listening!)