It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century.
I bought this book with a voucher I had at Christmas, I had seen it on the shelves and thought it seemed a bit different to my usual read.
Different is the right word. This novel is set in Sweden. I’ve never read a novel set in Sweden. It’s got the longest title I’ve ever known a book to have, and it describes the book perfectly.
The 100yr old man who climbs out the window goes off on a funny adventure that involves money murder and pet elephants.
It’s funny, if not a little silly, and very Forest Gump like. As well as Allan’s adventures on the run after climbing out the window there are chapters about his life before he reached his 100th birthday, and that’s no less exciting.
Definitely a book to read if you’re after something that little bit different.