Five words from the blurb: escaping, unlikely, journey, momentous, life
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is the word-of-mouth bestseller of 2012. Positive reviews seem to be cropping up on a daily basis – so I thought I’d add another one to its arsenal.
The book begins with Allan jumping out of his bedroom window just before his 100th birthday party. Tired of being cooped up in his retirement home he decides to escape and have one last adventure. He begins an unrealistic journey involving murder, a suitcase of stolen money, and many narrow escapes from the police. Over the course of his travels we learn about his life; an equally unlikely story about meeting the greatest leaders of the last century at key moments in history.
This book was totally mad, but it had a heartwarming charm that thoroughly entertained me.
My only problem was that I felt the book was a bit too long. I enjoyed seeing Allan meet Harry Truman, Chairman Mao and Churchill, but by the time he met Kim Il Sung I thought the joke was wearing a bit thin – there are only so many world leaders a person can meet without the stories becoming a bit repetitive. I think it might have been better if he’d been an ordinary citizen having a mad adventure, instead of a book that included so many famous people and a potted history of the 21st century.
Overall this was an entertaining, original book and as long as you don’t take it too seriously I’m sure you’ll be charmed by it too.
The thoughts of other bloggers:
It’s very funny with enough intelligence in the historical flashbacks to keep more serious readers engrossed. The Tattooed Book
…fresh, funny and different, but I can’t say that it is very good. Swamp of Boredom
…one of the most unique books I’ve read this year. The Savvy Reader