The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who climbed Out of…
This international bestselling phenomenon by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson took Europe by storm, the accolades poured in from all over. “Hilarious…a publishing phenomenon…overflowing with humour” from Spain; “A mixture of road movie and picaresque novel in modern packaging. A great pleasure to read” from Germany. “Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story”, Sweden; “First-rate”, Germany; “Swedish black comic novel that reads like a road trip with Forrest Gump at the wheel”, Netherlands; “Dynamite comedy”, France. And so they went on.
However, little seems to have been heard in South Africa about this truly funny, clever and unique book. Seeing a copy that has been on our shelves for a while, I took it home to read – brilliant!
It is about Allan Karlsson, who on his one-hundredth birthday decides he doesn’t want to attend the planned party, so climbs out of the window into the flower bed, with his slippers on, and accidentally starts off on a great adventure – despite his “creaking knees”.
Intermingled with the chapters of his current escapades, the people he meets along the way from the ‘master thief’, minor crooks and inept policemen to The Beauty with an elephant, are flashbacks to his former years. Not many can say they dined with Franco and Roosevelt – all unintentional of course – then go on to become friends with Russian tyrants and Chinese leaders.
A wonderfully feel-good book that would appeal to a very wide range of readers of all ages. THE HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MAN is not only a tonic, but a truly great read. Buy one, borrow one, or steal one – whatever you do, read it!
Published by Hesperus Press, distributed in South Africa by Book Promotions, ISBN 9781843913726. rrp R165