After a long and eventful life Allan Karlsson is moved to a nursing home to await the inevitable. But his health refuses to fail and as his 100th birthday looms a huge party is planned. Allan wants no part of it and decides to climb out the window... Charming and funny; a European publishing phenomenon.
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 . . .
(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. From Goodreads.
I wasn't wild about this book. The part in present day was okay and interesting though it at times was a bit too unrealistic and fantastical. I didn't like the historical part about Allan meeting all these different Heads of States and making himself invaluable to them, it seemed a bit too easy for him to get near them. A bit too political for me.