“The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared” turned out to be one of the worst books I have read in years. That’s what you get for trusting the bestseller list and giving this book with the weird title a chance. Books with 400 pages like this one I usually finish reading in about a week – this on the contrary, dragged itself on for months, it simply hasn’t been able to capture my interest until the very end.
There’s nothing special to say about the style, as it is as simple as it can get. The characters lack depth, except for the 100 year old man, who is already mentioned in the title. In every other chapter his life experiences from the past are told in the form of flashbacks. Here, the definition of fiction reaches a remarkable level, where everything that is told sounds absolutely ridiculous. Just like the rest of the events & the adventures which happen to the centenarian after he has “climbed out of the window and disappeared”. And that’s coming from me, a devoted fan of fiction & never having had anything to say against a sci-fi novel before!
All my hopes have been put into the ending, so that all those pages would have been worth reading, but the story finishes off with yet another disappointment.
Keep your hands off of this one! How this book made it onto the bestseller list can probably only be explained with the “50 Shades of Grey” phenomenon 😉