Finished reading on December 7, 2013
This book is about the adventures of Allan Emmanuel Karlsson, who one day decides to leave the Old People’s Home and ends up in quite a lot of trouble while he’s at it.
It all begins when a young man in a bus station asks him to look after his suitcase while he goes to the restroom. Unfortunately Allan’s bus is leaving soon and he takes the suitcase with him, which starts this new adventure for Allan. Because of this suitcase he meets some exciting and slightly odd people and a circus elephant.
He is also pursued by the owner of the suitcase and the police, who in the beginning are just trying to find the centenarian who had disappeared but as the tale continues there are doubts as to what kind of man he really is.
While there’s the story that s unfolding in 2005, there’s also the life-story of Allan’s. How he beacem an expert on explosives, and how that helped im meet a lot of famous historical figures at crucial points in the 20th century. Among those people are General Franco, President Harry Truman, Comrade Stalin, Kim Jong Il and Mao Zedong.
It is an exciting, although totally unbelievable story.