The Hundred -Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and DisappearedTomorrow evening (Thursday, May 8, 2014), the All Good Books Club will meet to discuss The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. We’ll meet at the Leawood Pioneer Library (4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS) at 7:00 PM.

It’s a very different type of book than we’ve discussed recently, so I’ve been considering issues we might cover, such as:

  1. How would you describe the novel? Did you find the book thought provoking? Entertaining? Funny?
  2. Does The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared remind you of other literature or media you’ve encountered? How does it compare? How would you describe its literary style and form?
  3. Describe your favorite scene, event or episode in the novel.
  4. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared has been described as “a novel with the topic of ageing at its core.” Do you agree or disagree? If that statement is accurate, what does the novel (through its characters and events) say about aging? Does it confirm or attack myths and stereotypes about aging?
  5. Is any of the history that Allan Karlsson encounters and describes in the novel accurate (sans Karlsson’s role in the events)? Does it need to be? Why do you think the author places Allan on the periphery of so much world history?
  6. How would you describe Allan Karlsson as a person?
  7. Jonasson’s book has been made into a movie. Take a look at the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BOoPKQGNjg. Based on the trailer, any reactions on events portrayed or actors portraying the characters?
  8. Any other thoughts or comments on The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

 

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