I'm only about 25% in, but so far this book has been an unexpected treat. The adventures of Allan, a centenarian who doesn't want to celebrate his 100th birthday, so he escapes his Old Folks Home and embarks on a journey of his life, are funny and poignant. Born in 1905 in Sweden, Allan has lived through all the horrors and hardships of the 20th century but he has never been intimidated either by his time or by his fellow men. He is not going to start now, when he turned 100. Why should he?
The book resembles a classic picaresque novel transplanted into the 21st century. According to wikipedia, "a picaresque novel usually depicts the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his wits in a corrupt society. Picaresque novels typically adopt a realistic style, with elements of comedy and satire."
Everything in this definition applies to the book. Its hero is charming, smart, and not above using his respectable age to his advantage. So far, he has managed to outwit both the police and the gangsters searching for him, and he isn't even trying.
I'm enjoying this wise and often hilarious book.