The next USC Book Club meeting is on Thursday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m. in URC 108. All are invited to discuss the following book:
The 100-Year-Old Man Who
Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson
A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over…
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan isn’t really interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).
It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan, who was a larger than life backstory. Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco and de Gaulle.
Quirky and utterly unique, the 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers worldwide!