Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (July 12)

100 year old man largeThis week I have chosen The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson for my Friday meme combo. I picked this one up at Costco yesterday and hope to read it soon. The following description comes from the cover:

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over …

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared:

You might think he could have made up his mind earlier, and been man enough to inform hi surroundings of his decision. But Allan Karlson had never been given to pondering things too long.

So the idea had barely taken hold in the old man’s head before he opened the window of his room on the ground floor of the Old Folks’ Home in the town of Malmkoping, and stepped out – into the flower bed.

I like this beginning and am looking forward to reading this one soon. As soon as I heard about it I put it on my TBR list. Getting it for less than $10 at Costco helped me make the decision to pick it up sooner rather than later.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared:

First, he stopped at the hot dog stand. He was getting hungry, so it was perfect timing. But it was closed. It had to be tough to run a hot dog stand out in this wilderness, Aronsson thought, and continued on to the gas station. There, they had seen nothing and heard nothing. But at least they could sell Aronsson a hot dog, even though it tasted of gas.

I think I’d be tempted just to skip the hot dog, no matter how hungry I was. This looks like a book I’ll enjoy, and hopefully soon.

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9 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (July 12)

    • I just got it there on Thursday, but it wasn’t there the previous week. Thanks for dropping by and I’ll head over and check your giveaway soon.

  1. I am currently about 3/4 of the way through this and it has been great. I look forward to reading your review.

  2. That’s a great beginning. But I confess I don’t always like books were regular characters get involved in every famous historic event they live through. I can’t read Doctorow novels for that reason.

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