JONAS JONASSON – THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED
Book Review from AlohaCriticon
The swedish author Jonas Jonasson achieved a best seller with this novel, clearly influenced by the book Forrest Gump written by Winston Groom (which was later adapted into a film by Robert Zemeckis) and the brilliant film by Woody Allen Zelig.
This novel is as dynamic as anecdotal and superficial in its review of the 20th century, employing elements of the absurd in impossible situations with peculiar and bizarre characters. The protagonist shares his experiences with figures such as Franco, Truman, Stalin or Mao.
Although its comic effect is uneven and the plot results monotonous and simple, stripped of the sourness that the best Tom Sharpe could offer, the novel stands out by its vitality and certain irony transmitted by the centenarian character. Light and humourous.