Author: Jonas Jonasson
Published: 2012 (First published in 2009)
A friend of ours has been asking us to read this book ever since it was published, but we’ve been delaying it for long, unless one day I bumped into the e-version of the book on my new possession – Kindle Paperwhite. My expectations from this book were that of a light-hearted, easy-to-read book that will provide me something to cheer. And while it did all that, it did it in its own unique way of keeping you on toes about what is it to follow.
The story is that of a hundred-year old man, Allan, who has miraculously escaped from the old age home just because he didn’t like the warden there. As he’s trying to catch the bus to any possible destination, he meets this young arrogant guy who asked him to take care of his bag while he was going to take a leak. But the old man, missing the adventure in his life, decided to steal the bag. This kick-starts a series of incidents that result in Allan making many new friends, killing two goons, befriending an elephant and making best friends with a Police Chief Inspector and the boss of a known criminal gang, all at the same time.
The story alternates between the present and the past of Allan’s life in a beautiful manner. When you read it, you will come across many incidents where you’ll be perplexed as to their relevance to the story. But trust me, they all add up.
In a nutshell, if you are not reading it as a one-day, quick-read book, then it’s better you spend that time with other books.
Source for book review: Why Not Have Fun?
Available with: Arun Sharma
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