The hundred year old man who climbed out through a window — August 2012

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!


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  • Ooooh, Tanya- i LOVED this book. I didn’t know you had it as a book club choice this month (where have i beeeen?). Jonas has a Facebook page that is actually him and there’s a Twitter page too. But i’m sure you already know this being the super-organised laydeee you are 🙂 So hope you enjoy it too and look forward to your review. xxx

    • Oh excellent!!! That is so great to hear as we all hated last month’s!!

      I had no idea Jonas was on Twitter or Facebook! Isn’t technology fabulous? I will go and find him now. Thank you for the heads up.

      And do post a review if you wish to in a comment below


  • AAAHHHH….not available here in the US until September!!!! I’ll be a month behind I guess… 🙁