Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .
Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan’s earlier life is revealed. A life in which – remarkably – he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.
I really wanted to like this book. The cover excited me as it was so quirky and bold, the blurb sounded as though it had promise and I knew it was to be made into a film so I thought, this book is going to be good! I took it away on holiday with me and I was really disappointed.
Right from the start I found the writing over worked and it felt as though what the author said in 20 words could have been said more concisely in 5. The story, at times, was a little predictable and at others, unrealistic.
I liked the idea of the split timeline between the past and present, however I found myself skim reading the past chapters because they were long and over detailed and I found the present chapters much more enjoyable to read. I also felt the ending was rushed and would have liked more time on the closing of the story. The second half of the book was faster paced and more enjoyable than the beginning.
The book had a great plot idea and there were aspects that I really liked. I can see this would be a great read for some people, it just wasn’t an enjoyable book for me personally.