There are a few books currently circulating that feature an older man as the central character. The most popular one seems to be The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2012) by Jonas Jonasson. This funny look at Allan Karlsson’s journey moves back and forth from the present to the past and chronicles Allan’s participation in some of the most important events of the 20th Century. The book has been adapted and released as a Swedish language film with English subtitles. Screenings are showing this fall and winter in many Canadian cities. As well as the print edition, the library has the ebook and audiobook.
There are two other ‘old man’ books that come to mind: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012) by Rachel Joyce – which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2012 – and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (2010) by Helen Simonson. Both titles tell the story of very likeable and believable older men struggling with life’s challenges with wisdom, humour and charm.