Author’s Name: Jonas Jonasson
Jonas Jonasson is the Swedish author who has written many books like ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’, ‘The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden’. His works are in Swedish and have been translated to English by Roy Bradbury. The book I am going to discuss here is his most famous work about the Hundred-Year-Old Man.
The book started out as humour, with Allan, the centenarian having all sorts of wild adventures after he climbs out of the window of his old age home on his hundredth birthday. The book then travels over the past / present sequence and shows us another side of the lead character who has met some of the greatest people and has had many adventures. While the general consensus about this book was that it resembled the ever famous Forrest Gump, I did not see many similarities except in concept. I liked the book in parts, especially when I got to the underlying humour compared to the sometimes bland narrative. But I could also seriously see how translation has taken down the essence of a good book, and how it would not work with all types of readers.
Jonas Jonasson has worked as a media consultant, television producer and now a full time writer living in Switzerland from Sweden. His manuscript quickly became a sensational piece of work and is widely acclaimed. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared quickly grabbed the attention of the readers and it has been widely acclaimed by fans world over.
Since this book was an A to Z find, I do not have special memories associated with it. But I finished reading a huge part of it during one eventful train journey and the book was good company – enough that I could not change to any other book. So this was a good read, ultimately. But there are a few faults in the book as is, because it is a brand of humour that either works exceedingly well or goes completely over the head, depending upon multiple factors including the mood of the reader, and that, I feel, is a dampener.