The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Published by Hesperus Press
2 out of 5 stars
Format: Kindle book (available in a variety of formats)
This is one of those books that is in every store window, that everyone on the train is reading and EVERYONE is talking about, so although its not in my usual genre I gave it a go. I must learn to listen to my gut, as I knew it’d be shocking….
‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ is about exactly that, an old dude who wants to avoid his 100th birthday party so decides to climb out the window and escape. But that wouldn’t be much of a story so the author throws in criminals, murders and an elephant. Then he adds another timeline (The old dude’s- Allan- past), where Allan has met almost every political leader in the world for the past 100 years, and not only that but is responsible for most of the major events in history from being the coffee boy who makes the suggestion about how to make the atomic bomb work, and then gives the same information to the Russians, to pissing off Stalin and meeting Einstein’s stupid brother….
Yes. Really. Thats what the books about, a bumbling, idiotic man (whether he’s old or young, he’s still an idiot, a clever idiot but still) who happens to chance upon brilliance whenever met with a powerful political figure. Its all beyond ridiculous.
The other issue I had was the length of the book, it went on and on and on. The recruitment of various characters along the way was equally ridiculous (ridiculous seems like the perfect word to sum up the whole book), and don’t get me started on Benny’s ‘almost’ careers.
The writing was a little stilted but I suspect that was the translation, there was some humor but generally it fell flat. All in all, I don’t care about the man who climbed out the window, and wish I’d not wasted WEEKS reading his story, which turned out to be complete and utter tripe.