Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Mayhem and merriment combine in this imaginative story. What if Albert Einstein had a much dumber younger brother and he crossed paths with an apolitical explosives expert who kept getting caught up in critical conflicts around the world? Then advance to the present day and the bomb-maker’s 100th year, and throw in a suitcase full of money, a 70-something reprobate poacher, a spunky red-haired woman with a stolen elephant, a disgraced “biker gang” of three, two estranged brothers, a Balinese aristocrat, and a pursuing police inspector. What you get is a formula for — ultimate serendipity — as far as titular protagonist Alan Karlson is concerned. Along the way, toss in Alan’s back story and his encounters with historic figures like Mao Tse-tung, Robert Oppenheimer, Harry Truman, and Kim Jong Il! It’s a crazy, funny, and even educational look at how life, history, culture, and circumstance could intersect.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared (DVD), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (DVD), Forrest Gump (DVD), A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove (DVD) or Zelig (DVD)]

[ official 100 Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Wndow and Disappeared page on the official Jonas Jonasson web site ]

Recommended by Becky W.C.
Walt Branch Library

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