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Because all madcap stories should feature an elephant

02/12/2013

"The 100 year old man who jumped out a window and disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson might have been a book published from 2012, but it remains ridiculously popular in 2013. At the time of writing this post, there were 609 people waiting on the regular copy, 56 waiting on the audiobook, 79 waiting on the Large Print copy, and another 195 waiting on one of the ebook copies!! This was definitely one of my favourite reads from 2013 and I've raved about this book to my friends and family.

 

Allan Karlsson decides to bunk off from his nursing home on the evening of his 100th birthday. Escaping in his slippers, he sets off, meeting a wild cast of characters (including the aforementioned elephant). You also discover his back story, where Karlsson learned all about munitions which leads him to help create the atom bomb. Although Karlsson has no interest in politics or religion, he manages to land himself in some of the most political charged events of the 20th century.  You meet Stalin, Mao Zedong, De Gaulle and Churchill, among many others, and see Karlsson get into one ridiculous scrape after another. Many have compared this story to Forrest Gump, but I found this story to be far funnier and definitely crazier without the saccharine sentiment you see in Forrest Gump. You'll be pressed to find a more madcap adventure this year.