The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared was originally written in Swedish in 2009, before being translated into English in 2012.
The book is fiction, but it manages to blend a lot of true historical facts and events into it. For example, the main character in the book, Allan Karlsson, meets historical figures such as Churchill, Stalin, Mao, etc. during his adventure. He also meets fictional characters such as Albert Einstein’s brother, Herbert. The story goes all over the place as the author, Jonas Jonasson, has a vivid imagination to link everything together.
The plot of the story follows Karlsson throughout his life journey, and it switches back between the present and past. In the present day, Karlsson is 100 years old, and he is on the “run” from a bunch of criminals he antagonized. In the past, he has had quite the life, and somehow managed to survive many near-death experiences. The story is both funny and entertaining, even though it is so unrealistic and absurd.
This book was definitely a change of pace from the normal science-fiction or non-fiction books that I normally read, but I still thought it was a good book. If you are looking for something light-hearted and easy to read, this book could be good for you.
The Hundred Year Old Man Recommendation Rating: 3
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for