Say “Yes” to Life

“There are only two things I can do better than most people. One of them is to make vodka out of goat’s milk. And the other is to put together an atom bomb.”

“That’s exactly what we’re interested in,” said the man.

“The goat’s milk?”

“No,” said the man. “Not the goat’s milk.”

– Epilogue of the Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Book recommendation for said book with a hilariously long name, written by Jonas Jonasson.

I don’t have much time for a full review at the moment. Has just read the Hundred-Year-Old man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Its English translation of the original Swede, of course, and it has to be a marvel of world literature. The best, funniest, absolutely ramshackingly funniest thing I’ve ever read. It made me a very happy person for the whole day and a whole lot more.

It’s part historical fiction, part pure dynamite comedy. You have to read it to believe it. And you ought to read it.

Here’s another quote that, just like the one above, is hilarious in context.

“Excuse me, Harry, but what do you want me to do?”

“Well, as I said, it’s about stopping the communists’ freedom of movement in rural areas…”

“What do you actually want me to do?”

“Soong May-Ling is pushing for an increased Americanized weapons support, and now she wants more than what even more equipment than what they’ve already been offered.”

“And what specifically do you want me to do?”

When Allan had asked the question for the third time, the president fell silent. then he said:

“I want you to go China and blow up bridges.”

“Why didn’t you say so right away?” said Allan, his face brightening.

Read the book. It pokes fun at everything that has happened in the last century, in many parts of the world. And it is awfully funny!


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