Hello everyone. Another two finishes from me- 'The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared' by Jonas Jonasson and 'The Minstrel's Tale' by Anna Questerly. So that takes me up to ten books read so far, one fifth of the way through the chalenge!
I absolutely loved 'The Hundred Year Old Man'. It tells the story of Allan Karlsson who did precisely as the title described- climbs out of the window of his nursing home on his 100th birthday and disppears, having all sorts of madcap adventures and collecting an assortment of friends along the way, from a criminal gang member to a hotdog stand owner to a red haired beauty who owns an elephant! The story of Allan's present day adventures is interspersed with his extraordinary life story- he hates politics but ends up meeting. and helping, political leaders from Harry Truman to Mao Tse-Tung; becoming an explosives expert and being involved in the invention of the atom bomb; being imprisoned in Russia and escaping through Korea to Bali; and all sorts of other extraordinary events! I thought this book was witty and clever, surreal and imaginative, and definitely worth the read!
'The Minstrel's Tale' is the first of three books about a medieval minstrel in the fourteenth century. It was absolutely brilliant and I would highly recommend it. It starts in the present day with an American teenager and her family arriving in France to reclaim their ancestral home and the teenager finds a manuscript written by her ancestor, Amos Questerly, who turns out to be a medieval minstrel. The main part of the book tells the story of the minstrel and his apprentice, and throughout we get to hear the stories and poems that the minstrel tells his audience in various towns across medieval France. I can't wait to read the second book in the series!
For now, however, I've started the latest novel by Scarlett Thomas (who wrote 'The End of Mr Y', amongst other things). Her latest book is called 'Bright Young Things' and it seems very intriguing so far!
Happy reading everyone!