Posted in 4 paws, Book Club, fiction, Historical on February 9, 2014

This month our book club read this book by Swedish author, Jonas Jonasson.  Definitely an interesting book!

100 yr old man


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.



This was our book club read this month. I found it quite amusing tied in with a lot of history. Sometimes it seemed like the author rambled on, but it did all eventually tie in together. On the back of the book it compared it to the movie Forrest Gump and I’d have to agree. It seemed rather ludicrous that a Swede would find himself in the company of many heads of state throughout his 100 years of life, but that is what made it interesting. Look at it as a history lesson disguised as fiction.

I gave it 4 paws.