An ebook available on Amazon and such other sites, this novel is a feel-good book originally written in Swedish for advanced children. This explains t An ebook available on Amazon and such other sites, this novel is a feel-good book originally written in Swedish for advanced children. This explains the Forrest Gump feel the book exhibits. Allan Karlsson is never really developed as a character. He likes vodka, hates politics of all kind and is as m as anyone can get. But that is all: he is a fixed character, much like Gump was.
It all begins on his one-hundredth birthday. A party is about to begin—with the mayor, the press and the unpleasant director of the home all present. But, as it turns out, Allan will not be… He climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed and makes his getaway. And so begins what we learn is only one of the many exciting and quite unbelievable adventures that have been the mainstay of his entire life. As his adventure unfolds, we revisit the mentioned events—where Allan solves the puzzle of how to make an atom bomb, becomes friends with American presidents, meets Stalin and Churchill and Mao Tse-Tung and a whole slew of famous characters, both real and fictional. These meetings, more often than not, lead to fantastical journeys about which one can only laugh out loud.
If one remembers why the book was written and accepts the absurdist humour, then I think you would agree the work deserves a solid 4 out of 5 stars.