You have to have a certain sense of humour to read The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. From the length of the title alone, you know you are in for a slightly quirky book. And quirky it is, and also absolutely brilliant… I loved it! If I ever live to be 100 or anywhere near that figure, I certainly hope to end up with the same sense of calm, relaxed, live-in-the-moment attitude that Allan Karlsson (the aforementioned 100 year old man) has.
The story starts with Allan Karlsson skipping his 100th birthday party by climbing out his window and going on an adventure (just to get away, you know). He steals a suitcase along the way, without knowing what is inside. Turns out the suitcase contains drug money, lots of it, and what follows is an adventure where Allan is pursued by the police and the drug dealers who, naturally, want their money back. Intercut into the present time storyline are flashbacks to when Allan was younger and his encounters with famous historical figures.
The book was made into a 2014 movie which I have not seen. I’m a bit reluctant to watch it because I loved the book, and a part of me is wondering if it is even possible for the film to do this book justice. Perhaps I will watch it one day, but for now, my recommendation is – go read the book!