By Jonas Jonasson
Most people look forward to their birthday parties more than any other day of the year. They are the centre of attention, they get to eat cake and friends and relatives give them presents. Allan Karlsson, sitting quietly in his room in the old people’s home, is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His hundredth birthday party to be precise. He knows that soon everyone would be sitting downstairs in just a few hours waiting for the birthday boy but they would get quite a shock when they realise that he doesn’t turn up.
The centenarian jumps out the window, landing in the flower bed and escaping into the night. The chase that follows is confusing yet quite hilarious. It definitely shows you that you’re never too old for an adventure. And so Allan begins his unlikely journey involving criminals, murders and a case full of money. As his escapades continue, we are shown some of his history and find that he was involved in some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century.
This book makes you laugh yet sometimes you would have to reread parts of it as you would not believe what you are reading. I found that at times it could be quite confusing and would recommend it for older readers who want a good laugh.