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What a book!! !,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (Export Edition) (Broschiert)
I don't remember having read another book that has made me laugh as much as this one. I indeed found myself laughing out loud every other page.
Allan, the main character of the story, lives in an Old People's Home and makes off on his 100th birthday to avoid the party that's being planned for him. During the journey that now follows we become part of Allan's current life, but much more of all the experiences he has made during the past 100 years.
It is pure fun to read how he meets leaders of the world, how he deals with them - in a very matter-of-factly way - and how he becomes part of world history - and even writes his own chapters! He is not interested in politics and influential world leaders don't impress him at all by their position - for Allan only counts the way people behave towards him. And if they are friendly, like the American President - he helps them build the atomic bomb. When he meets just as friendly Russians a few years later - he ends up building the atomic bomb for them, too.
The story is crazy and hilarious. However, all the bits and pieces fit together so nicely that one gets the impression: it could really have happened that way.
There are loads of funny sequences in the book - starting with Sonya, the Elephant, Allan's careless attitude towards everybody and everything, him meeting Stalin and asking him why he didn't shave off his moustache, or his escape from a Russian Gulag when he and his companion Herbert Einstein make Russian soldiers hand over their uniforms and leave them behind wearing their prison clothes. Allan comments this in his own special way - he says, that the said Marshal "needn't look so angry, because Allan was quite sure that it wouldn't help at all."
"The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared" is a truly brilliant book. It's incredibly funny, very educational, well written and clearly a must read! I am a member of a private Book Club and we unanimously decided that of the 14 books we have read in 2012 "The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared" had to be our Book of the Year 2012.