The one hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared


The One hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared

Jonas Jonasson


Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not …Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving a suitcase full of cash, a few thugs, a very friendly hot-dog stand operator, a few deaths, an elephant and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan’s earlier life is revealed. A life in which – remarkably – he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century. The one hundred-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared is a charming, warm and funny novel, beautifully woven with history and politics.


Light hearted, humorous and sometimes obsurd.

Never too old to experience life.

Repetitious, flowed through life.

Average reading, enjoyable.

Not recommended, not funny.


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Questions of Travel

Questions of Travel

Michelle De Krester


A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist guide until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events. Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories – from Theo, whose life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman determined to reinvent herself in Australia.





Read half of it, enjoyed it. Parallel stories, quite interesting a nice read.

A worthy book, too many themes, too many characters; enjoyed the prose various quotes from book.

Ready only 200 pages excellent characterisation. Tourism and travel. Took a while to get into. I think I will finish it. Shows how people can change from travel.

Did not read, only 100 pages, did not enjoy.

Did not read, started and could not get into.

Did not read

Read by – The First Wednesday Book Group