Looking for a book full of humor to relieve the winter doldrums? The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man may be the book for you. I’ll admit, I have not read the first book The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, but I want to after reading this.
Allan Karlsson is a Swedish 100-year old man living a life of luxury in Indonesia with his friend, petty thief Julius Johnsson. They are using a briefcase full of cash they found (probably in the first book). As the cash runs out, they are wondering what their next adventure will be. At Allan’s 101st birthday party, they accidentally set sail over the ocean in a hot air balloon. They are rescued after they go down by a North Korean freighter carrying grain and uranium back to North Korea. Allan has had run ins with North Korea in the past and decides to bluff his way through as a nuclear arms expert . . . which is the start of a very complicated diplomatic crisis! How will Allan and Julius survive this adventure?
I’ll admit with the Government shut-down and everything, the last thing I wanted to read was political humor where President Trump was a key player . . . yet this book really drew me in and kept me reading and laughing. Especially as the humor was so pointed and only too true (see my favorite quotes below). Although I’ll admit on the other hand it made me sad to really realize that our country is the laughing stock of the world (the author of this book is Swedish and lives on an island off Sweden). I was happy that other countries and their leaders were mocked as well.
Do you like political humor? What books make you laugh?
“Yes, Julius had heard of Trump. That was his name. The polar bear may have been white, but it was a foreigner first and foremost. So, it shouldn’t get its hopes up.”
“The encrypted report from the captain of the Honour and Strength was absolutely sensational. Kim Jong-un read it himself and drew his own conclusions. He had certain similarities to Trump in Washington in that he was reluctant to delegate his tasks in his administration. With the possible difference that Trump drew conclusions without doing the actual reading.”
“It’s easy for someone who trusts only themselves to become suspicious of others.”
“Thus counted, the president had lied, made things up or twisted the truth about the former president’s healthcare reform at least sixty times. And when he expressed himself about the tax burden in the United States it had gone wrong 140 times, even though he was corrected on occasion. Fake media were, once and for all, evil personified.”
Overall, The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson is a funny, very on point to today’s headlines, adventure. I need to read more from this author.
Book Source: Review Copy from William Morrow. Thank-you!
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