Thursday, March 3, 2016

O.K. I'm Back

O. K. I'm back from California.  Traveling from coast to coast, I had time to read The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Sweedish author, Jonas Jonasson.

Isn't the title intriguing?  It makes you want to read what it's about.  It's about the life of an extraordinary man who really sees things in simple terms and this carries him through a life of historical events and people.  It's ridiculous, yet interesting.  Every time you want to put the story down, you read on to see what happens - how everything is going to turn out.  Even though it's silly, the old man, Allan, declares some really ponderous thoughts.  My favorite is about war:

“Allan thought it sounded unnecessary for the people in the seventeenth century to kill each other. If they had only been a little patient they would all have died in the end anyway. Julius said that you could say the same of all epochs” 

Yes, you could say that today.  War is silly because it's kill more of them before they kill you and yours.  And if you just had patience, everyone would die anyway, eventually.

How about this quote: Things are what they are, and whatever will be, will be.

Simple and silly.  That's how the whole book is.  Simple and silly.  Yet, you won't put it down.  It's that simple.  Silly isn't it?

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