C.x (itsjustc) wrote,


I only ever read about 2 books a year when I lived in my old flat. The first year in this new flat I read 9, the 2nd year, 13 and the 3rd year 16, and last year 18, we are 7 weeks into the new year and I have already finished 5 books! I decided that this year I will explore new sorts of stories, ones that are different from what I usually read, I'll also read some classics and revisit childhood stories that I enjoyed as a child but never actually read.

So yesterday, In the morning, I finished reading 'The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Dissapeared' by Jonas Jonasson. I really enjoyed it. It had a nice surprise ending.

It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not...Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan's earlier life in which - remarkably - he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun, feel-good book for all ages.

Then this evening I finished reading 'The Railway Children' by E. Nesbit. It was my favourite film as a child and my mom and dad bought me the soundtrack LP and I just loved it. But I realised the other day that I had never read the book.

When Father goes away with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and their mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, where Mother writes books to make ends meet.

However, they soon come to love the railway that runs near their cottage, and they make a habit of waving to the Old Gentleman who rides on it. They befriend the porter, Perks, and through him learn railway lore and much else. They have many adventures, and when they save a train from disaster, they are helped by the Old Gentleman to solve the mystery of their father's disappearance, and the family is happily reunited.

I have to say that however many times I have watched or listened to the film, the "Oh Daddy, My Daddy" line has me in tears every time and now aged in my 40's I found that the book had exactly the same effect!
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