2014, #1. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Jonas Jonasson)

Book: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared , by Jonas Jonasson

Genre: Fiction

Length: 400 pages

Where I got it: Christmas gift from D.

Briefly, it’s what it says on the tin – the story of a man who disappears from an old people’s home on his 100th birthday, and what happens to him afterwards.  And also what happened to him before.  All one hundred years of it.

Comments: This is billed as an “international best-selling sensation”, “hilarious… a publishing phenomenon”, and so forth.  Sorry, not for me.  I found the first few chapters funny.  After a while I found it less funny.  Then I found it ridiculous.  There was one chapter towards the end which gave me another few laughs (the one where the comrades “explain” to the police what “really” happened) – but in between was just silly.

Challenges: Full House Reading Challenge, for the category “Set in a different country from you” (Sweden).

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2 thoughts on “2014, #1. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Jonas Jonasson)

  1. I gave this book a go a last year, but soon abandoned it. It just wasn’t holding my interest, but to be fair there were a lot of distractions at the time and have wondered maybe I should return to it. Although a friend has read it and similarly gave up on it, so ot so sure.

    • In my opinion, you could spend your time reading something better :). One of the reasons I persevered to the end is because it was a gift from a friend at Christmas, from someone who’s never given me a book before, and I didn’t want to have to tell her that I didn’t manage to read it…

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