The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

100yearoldmanWhile I didn’t care for the style in which this book was written, it was interesting to see all the historical figures Allan crosses paths with during his century long life. Franco during the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project and Harry Truman, China (saves Mao’s wife), Churchill in Iran, Stalin, Herbert Einstein (half brother), Marshal Beria (Soviet secret police chief), Mao in North Korea, a long 15 year vacation in Bali, Ryan Hutton of the CIA in Paris along with de Gaulle and Johnson, 13+ years in Moscow with Yuri, a brief meeting with Nixon (Herbert, Ryan and Yuri was completely fictional). Allan is a laissez faire kind of guy who help the Americans detonate their first atomic bomb while serving coffee. He also mistakenly gives the Soviets the same knowledge while drinking vodka with Yuri, their scientific head of the atomic program. Later Allen and Yuri use disinformation to prompt disarmament talks between the two superpowers. These flashbacks are interspersed with present day adventure as Allan escapes the old age home and gathers new friends as he steals a suitcase full of money and gets pursued by a dysfunctional criminal gang and an overreaching Swedish criminal prosecutor. It is a lighthearted adventure story reminiscent of Forrest Gump. It displays a slight disdain for religion. There is no real moral to the story unless you interpret the one time that Allan gets mad and accidentally blows up his house (due to a fox killing his beloved cat) as vengeance gone wrong (since it ends him up in an old age home).

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