We all know seniors who do not fit into the preconceived notions we have of what one should or should not do at a certain age. One such literary character is Allan Karlsson, the hero of The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson.
Allan is a resident in a nursing home. An hour before the birthday party to celebrate his 100th birthday is about to begin, he decides that he still has lots of living to do, and he’d like a little more control over his vodka consumption. It isn’t easy escaping from the old folks home, especially when you really are not one to put too much thought into making plans. So Allan climbs out of the window of his room, steps into the flower bed, and embarks on an adventure. Wearing a brown jacket, brown trousers, and brown bedroom slippers, this fugitive stays one step ahead of the police, and a cast of interesting characters.
Allan, an explosives expert, has certainly led an interesting life. In Forrest Gump fashion, he has been involved in many of the significant explosive events (literally) of the past century. Allan Karlsson shows us that it’s never too late to start over.