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Discuss the May 2013 book of the month "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson
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Post by Fran » 21 May 2013, 15:51

The May Book of the Month is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
If you have read the book please use this topic to discuss it. If you have not read the book please be aware this topic may contain spoilers.
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Post by lady_charlie » 21 May 2013, 20:57

I laughed so hard! This was not a comedy at all but it really reminded me of Forrest Gump. Just when I thought it was starting to drag and I was starting to lose interest, here we are in North Korea, or trying to hide an elephant. And it isn't just the visual gags that I can see, it is the twisting turning how does the author keep track of where this guy has been and then, just when all hope is lost, turns out he saved this guy's wife that time when he was traveling.

This is a laugh out loud funny book in spots and yet smart and full of historical characters, which I like.

I can't wait to be a hundred now, and my respect for the elderly has increased a hundredfold - if they remember half of the things they have done in life, I should probably sit down and listen to them talk. Even if they don't, they might tell a good story anyway.
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Post by blue82 » 22 May 2013, 05:48

I am currently half way through this book on my kindle and thoroughly enjoying it. So much seems to happen in it, but yet you never feel overloaded. It is very cleverly written and continues to bring a smile to my face.

In some respects, you could think that far too much happens to the main character so as to make it totally implausible, but that would be to miss the point - that this is just a fun book to read. I also believe that the character has been so developed that you find yourself believing that absolutely anything could happen to him and you just want to find out what happens next.

Even though I haven't finished this book yet, I have already been recommending it to people. Just a jolly good read.

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Post by shellyb » 24 May 2013, 03:36

I read this a few weeks ago, before i joined and have been recommending it to everyone i know. I was going to re-read it before commenting but i think my initial reaction to it is probably the best.

This could be summed up by saying that it was a joy to read and that there is a surprise at every turn. It takes you on a journey you would never have imagined from the title and the opening few pages, where a very old man goes on the run from his 100th birthday party by climbing out of the window of the nursing home, still wearing his pee-slippers ... I laughed all the way through. I'm now going to read it again. Enjoy.

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Post by Fran » 24 May 2013, 04:33

This was actually the last book I read in 2012 so I'll just copy what I posted at the time in "Last Book Read" thread.

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, trans by Rod Bradbury.
I loved this quirky, crazy, funny, mad book - kind of a Forrest Gump meets Just William - as it zips through the whole of the 20th century, with unlikely appearances by many of the major world figures, in a series of mad cap adventures.
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Post by primrose777 » 25 May 2013, 19:25

I have ordered this, cant wait to read it. Heard lots of great things about it.
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Post by shellyb » 01 Jun 2013, 04:48

I wish i could climb out of the window and disappear ...
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Post by HHMikey » 24 Jun 2013, 13:54

I loved this book. I recently experienced a personal trauma and was looking for something light hearted and fun. This book match my criteria perfectly: funny, witty, interesting and the plot is such good fun. I lolled at this quite a few times.

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Post by jool » 11 Jul 2013, 04:42

As much as I am a fan of older people (I find them adorable and worth looking up to), the book didn't really entertain me. I mean, it was well written and the beginning was really intruiging, but then as the plot went on it became too implausible for me. Irritatingly implausible. I know that this is fiction, but still. Although it's not that it didn't make me laugh or that I had hard time reading it. Not at all. But I just didn't feel completely satisfied with it.

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Post by DanBR » 05 Sep 2013, 17:31

Agree with Jool that it was somewhat implausible, but if a book is well written, implausible can actually add a sense of magic realism (or complete surrealism). Many good books were implausible, from Midnight Children to everything by Franz Kafka. Just my 2c

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Post by Lexicon65 » 14 Sep 2013, 02:06

I read this book a couple of months ago, it was most enjoyable. I loved the way it flittered through the 20th Century with humour and grace. I'd highly recommend this book as it covers most genre's from history to love to murder - just great.

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Post by lucyrebecca123 » 24 Sep 2013, 12:57

Sounds like one for the list :)

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Post by Jenn+books » 04 Oct 2013, 07:17

I hadn't heard of this book until I saw this thread--the title caught my eye. This one sounds great. Outside of the box and funny too--can't get much better than that. Going off to find it . . .

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Post by vcsadler » 23 Nov 2013, 11:21

Ordered it, and it should arrive in a few days. Can't wait!

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Post by zoomintovicky » 24 Nov 2013, 15:57

I totally recommend this book! I bought it because a random guy at the airport told me it was hilarious. And so it was, really. A bit unrealistic maybe, but it's so funny and well written that you get over that quickly enough.

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