Thursday, 22 August 2013

The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

By Jonas Jonasson, 2009

At the core of ageism is a failure to truly identify with older people as peers and equals. We cannot help but identify with the main character in this novel who hops out the window of his old people's home and does a runner! Even though the limits of his physical reserve intrude regularly, whether through his failing joints, weak bladder, or his propensity to frequent naps, this in no way diminishes his vitality or the novel’s humour.

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