"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees
In this improbable dark comedy, the titular 100-year-old man has a history of being at the center of and even influencing historical events. Some parts of the book are quite funny, but the writing (or translation) style can be tedious to go through due to its propensity for long-winded indirect speech. Instead of something like this:
"Who are you?"
we get a lot of this:
But he, on the other hand, had no idea who was addressing him. Would the stranger be kind enough to shed some light on that?
This can get tiring to read after 300+ pages.
I would probably have enjoyed this better if I were a history/war buff, but unfortunately I am not. Two-and-a-half stars.