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The 100-Year-Old Man

I must admit the title of this book is the main reason why I bought it.  The idea of a centenarian having a grand adventure is just too good to pass up.

The book tells the story of Allan Karlsson, who decided to leave his retirement home on his 100th birthday, unbeknownst to everyone around him.  He goes on to possess a suitcase full of money, running from the law, and accidentally forming a band of misfits which ultimately becomes his family.

We also learn of his life before he ended up at the retirement home, and it is revealed he played a key part in world history from meeting communist leaders dictators such as Francisco Franco, Stalin and Kim Jong-Il, to American President Harry S. Truman, to the creation of the atomic bomb.  This is a work of fiction, but somehow the author made it so believable that these events actually took place with Allan involved.

Jonas Jonasson’s “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared” is a true revelation and a gentle reminder that it is never too late to start over.