Oh wait – no, that’s not it. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. That’s more like it! This little ditty by Jonas Jonasson was an absolute delight – and the experience of reading it was something of an adventure of itself.
I picked up this book in March 2019 on a solo trip to London, Paris, and Iceland. While wandering through Shoreditch I came across a little book store and decided I just had to pick up something that would be fun, lighthearted, and adventurous; I would say I made the right choice.
Allan Karlsson, our Hundred-Year-Old protagonist, reminded me of Forrest Gump meets Mr. Magoo. His whole life is a story of near mishaps, bumbling idiocy that works in his favor, and yes, all the adventures! From serving time in a Siberian prison to his close friendship with US Presidents to adventures with a domesticated elephant, Allan’s story is a dream for someone who wants to experience everything.
I spent time reading this book while drinking coffee and having macarons in cafes in Paris, in bed looking out the window at a dreary rainy day in London, and relaxing with the gorgeous views of Iceland. My adventures on this solo trip were not as extravagant and history-making as Allan’s, but it reminded me of why I was there; to see the world and experience something new and memorable.
This book will always hold a special place for me because of the special places I was in while reading Allan’s story. I happily rated it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.