You don't reach 100 without having seen a thing or two exciting things in the world. For some it is the World Wars, for others is landing on the moon, for Allan it is being the center of discovery and building of the atomic bomb. For the protagonist of "The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared" book by Jonas Jonasson, the list of exciting things is long enough to fill a book of 400 pages.
Allan Karlson a centenarian climbs out of the window of his room in a senior home on the day of his 100th birthday in his casual clothes and pee slippers, hours before his birthday party. When he arrives at the bus station he has no idea where he is heading. All he knows is that he doesn't want to stay in that city and at that home any longer. When he is given the task to chaperon a black suitcase, of a man with long, greasy blond hair, a scraggly beard and a denim jacket with the words Never Again on the back, while the man visits the washroom, he acts on his instincts, and drags the suitcase with him to the bus leaving the station while the man with long, greasy blond hair, a scraggly beard and a denim jacket with the words Never Again on the back, is still in the washroom. It is May 2nd 2005!
This is how the book starts. As Allan's adventure in present unfolds. He shares his life since he was a little boy. Both of Allan's life, present and past, are filled with zest and adventure. His expertise with explosives brings him a life of convenience, adventure, hardship, extensive travel on foot, meeting the many important political figures. No matter how convenient or how hard the situation is, how important or common the person is, Allan's attitude towards it all remains the same, "Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be."
This book is a great read!