“The hundred-year-old man
who climbed out of the window and disappeared”
(Hesperus Press 2012, Hyperion Books 2012)
Like the American story “FORREST GUMP“, this novel tells the extraordinary adventures and encounters of a man who has crossed the entire 20th century from east to west. Pensioner of a retirement home, he escapes the day of his hundredth birthday putting in turmoil police, press and even a gang of bandits to which he plays a bad trick.
Of course, the story remains fictitious and quite improbable, but its reading guarantees a great moment of good humor. The impassibility of this man facing the great events that marked the history of the 20th century is a treat, as well as the very zen attitude that he always displays when he just turned 100 years old.
Finally, living old is not synonymous with senility, loneliness or confinement. The protagonist proves it here happily.