My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As you would expect, there would have been plenty of events and adventures in the life of any centenarian. But Allan Karlsson is exceptional by any standards. You would not believe what he has been trough in his one hundred years on the planet. He has come close to meeting an early, and violent, end on many occasions, and this continues during his latest adventure which commences on his one-hundredth birthday when he climbs out of his bedroom window at the old folks’ home to escape from his unwanted party.
He has met many world leaders of the twentieth century, and has consequently had a great influence on the history of the world.
As the story flips between the events of 2005, following his escape, and the adventures and encounters that he has had down the years, the readers is carried along through much turmoil, knowing that he survives the unsurvivable, because we are living through his hundred-and-first year.
The story put me in mind of both Harry Flashman’s, amazing adventures of the previous century, and Walter Minion’s fantastical adventures of the twentieth century.
If you want a good dose of amusement in your 2013 reading, I suggest that you take a look at The Hundred Year Old Man, and then move on to Flashman and the ensuing series, and then on to Walter Minion’s Secret Life and Walter Minion’s Therapy.