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100 year old manJudul: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window and Disappeared

Penulis: Jonas Jonasson

Penerbit: Hesperus Press Limited (2013)

Halaman: 389p

Beli di: Books and Beyond Kemang Village (IDR 125k)

“You’re never too old for an adventure…”

This one sentence blurb can picture exactly what happens with Allan Karlsson, a 100-year-old man who climbed out of his room window just before his birthday party in the old people’s home where he lives.

Allan decided to find something that is more interesting for him, and he ventures to the unknown- he meets a criminal who brings a mysterious suitcase- and “kidnaps” the suitcase along the way. Then, Allan meets with all kinds of people- the unlikeliest people who can be his companions during his adventures. An ex crook, an almost know it all, a masculine but pretty lady, and even, a cute elephant.

Together, they embark on a journey, trying to find the most suitable place to spend their lives together- but meanwhile, so many people chase them and try to stop them, from a police detective to the criminal gang members.

Through his adventures, Allan also reminiscing about his other adventures during his youth. As a simple man, his life is far from simple. He tried to avoid politics but accidentally always being involved in big decisions regarding politics- from the communist in Russia, fascist in Spain, Cold War in USA, and even… a corruption scheme in Indonesia!

One of the most intriguing things about this book is its setting- around the world adventures always interesting for me. But then again, when I read about how the author captured Indonesia, all I can see is stereotyping, and I realized he probably just did the same with other plots in this book setting in various countries.

Even though the stereotyping itself is a bit of a downer for me, I tried to enjoy the rest of the book. It feels like watching movies like Forrest Gump- a simple man trying to live a simple life, but he embarks on a most complicated, rich adventures a person can expect. The more you avoid troubles, the faster those troubles coming your way, apparently 🙂

This book is actually pretty enjoyable -amid a bit overwhelming- if you read it in a light mood. Don’t take things seriously because there are too many things that don’t make any sense. Pretend you are tailing Allan in his adventures, turn on your sense of humor, and you’ll be fine 🙂

Jonas Jonasson is a Swedish journalist and writer. The One-Hundred-Year-Old Man is his first novel that has just been released into a movie by a Swedish production company. Jonas’s second novel, The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden, has been published and translated into English in 2013.

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