I have been interested in this book for a while, but might not have picked it up if it wasn’t for the Popsugar Challenge. I’m glad I did.
It is a delightfully bizarre book. The title tells you the important bit and also invokes the surreal playful tone of the book.
We meet Alan as he escape out of his window and go on an adventure that takes many strange, but casual twists and turns. This mirrors the second plot line that runs parallel with the main. The second focusing on Alan’s life before he was a hundred year old.
The thing I did not expect to get from this book was an engaging history lesson. It’s all fiction with lavish exaggerations and coincidences, but peppered with true facts. I left knowing more about quite a few wars than I did before.
Al the characters are caricatures. The kind of people you were told about in a bar by a man with a gold tooth and too many drinks in him. Think Guy Richie’s earlier work, e.g. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
I can see that the wild coincidence of famous people appearing in the story might get tiring. For me it was a case of wondering: “Whose going to pop up next?” and enjoying the surprise.
So a crazy adventure with some strange people. Actually, it follows the elements of a fantasy novel, but set in contemporary times and the hero is a hundred years old.