The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man. Finished 2-5-19, rating 4/5 stars, fiction, 448 pages, pub. 2019
The hysterical, clever, and unforgettable sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.
It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harboring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un. Yikes!
Soon Allan and Julius are at the center of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Needless to say, things are about to get very, very complicated. from Goodreads
I didn’t read the first Allan and Julius story, but when Trish suggested I might like this I couldn’t resist. An international caper with a crotchety old guy? She knows me so well.
Allan and Julius are one of the most fun pairs I’ve had the chance to read lately. Allan, who has led a very exciting life and gotten by with his gift of conversational nothingness, and Julius, the asparagus loving charmer always looking for a con, managed to find themselves in the most absurd situations. I loved the chapters with those two, often laughing out loud at their antics. They also managed to surround themselves with a somewhat cuckoo cast of characters who were easy to love.
The gift of this book is the humor, the light touch and easy way Jonasson manages to poke fun. No political figure was too esteemed. Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump, and Angela Merkel were hilarious in their interactions with Allan. Allan and Trump golfing together was one of my favorite scenes. Good stuff.
After a while I did find myself skimming through some of the chapters of secondary to world leaders characters and didn’t feel like I missed much. At over 400 pages, I really just wanted the action focused on the main characters.
This was a fun book full of absurd situations. I’d love to read a book about Allan when he turns 102 🙂
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Harper Collins for sending me a proof for this book tour.