Imagine living your life with the motto: Whatever is meant to happen, will happen and there’s no point in second guessing it. This is the crux of Swedish author Jonas Jonasson’s ‘The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.’
The main character, centurion Allan Karlsson, despises religion and politics, loves vodka and does what most of us can only dream of doing: he simply climbs out a window to escape what has become a rather dull life. Through flashbacks of an anything but a boring life (think firsthand involvement with the Manhattan Project and Mao Tse-tung), coupled with a tremendously witty current storyline of him on the run with a gaggle of misfits, Jonasson had me laughing throughout the entire book. As one reviewer said, its much like Forrest Gump, “if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka.”
Karlsson’s life is a heck of a journey and makes for a really fun read. It also leaves the reader pondering if it’s ever too late to start over. While maybe we shouldn’t haphazardly leave life completely to chance, perhaps a little more spontaneity and easygoingness in our daily lives would lighten our load a bit and open the door to new opportunites.