It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not…Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.
The title sounded absolutely brilliant and that is why the book really caught my curiosity. It might be the first time I actually read a book because the title sounds so good, and most probably the last time as well.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book. It’s only that the title promised more than the book had to offer. It’s a very funny, sometimes absurd funny book, with complicated situations and too many coincidences. The story is catchy, it got my attention, especially since the language is quite accessible and easy to read.
However, I would say that this book is somewhere just right above the average line. I would classify it as a vacation book, a book to read while sun bathing 🙂