“The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared” was a new and creative book that followed Allan on his journey out the window of an old folks’ home on the morning of his 100th birthday. Through flashbacks detailing other incredible journeys taken by Allan during his life, he quickly became a likeable character. This is a novel I imagine would make a hilarious movie, but would best be portrayed through a cartoon. I know that sounds odd, but it would be the only medium that could accurately capture the quirky nature of this story. Take for example that in the first 50 pages, Allan has run away in his slippers, stolen a suitcase full of cash, and accidentally killed someone. He goes on to accidentally kill the two people searching for the first dead man, one of which is crushed to death when an elephant sits on him.
The story takes place in Sweden, Asian, England, and a variety of other locations, which all add to the craziness of the story. From page to page, I never knew where Allan would take me. The reader learns that jumping out the window is in line with how Allan has lead his entire life. He has bumbled his way through some of the most significant events in history. Allan created the weapons used in the war against Mao Tse-tun, was instrumental in preventing Churchill’s assassination, and escaped death on several occasions by pretending to be Einstein. Seriously. If only I could live even a portion of the exciting life Allan did! These stories were interwoven with the present story and that zany cast of characters who become Allan’s cohorts in absconding with the stolen money. The author presented just enough background on each character to give the reader a general background of who they were without inundating the story with irrelevant information.
In the end, having journeyed with Allan throughout his life, the reader gains a fresh perspective of what propelled him to jump out the window on the first page and how someone like him ever ended up in an old folks’ home. This silly but thoughtful book is whimsical and would be an excellent book to forget about life for a while.