So here we go, August’s book for the MummyBarrowBookClub
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
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I absolutely loved this book. It flitted back and forwards seemlessly. It did remind me of Forrest Gump, the main character being woven into world events in such a way that you actually do believe it!
I don’t normally buy books on the basis of the title but this one has really impressed me. And in fact the author had the title before he had the story!
The characters are all totally likeable and even though several people get murdered it is done with such humour that you sort of gloss over those bits.
Highly recommend this book. Absolutely love it!