Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson

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The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and DisappearedThis seemed to be a good idea for a novel – an old-age-pensioner version of “Forrest Gump”. It was mildly funny and entertaining at first, but after the so-manyeth incident where the old man and his companions almost get into trouble but then get saved by some amazing coincidence, it becomes predictable. It is basically a modern version of a folkloristic quest tale. “Allan Karlsson”, the 100-year-old man of the title, meets a number of oddball characters on his quest to get out of the old-age home in which he has ended up, and recalls the quests on which he embarked throughout his life. (Continue reading…)

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