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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
Blurb: The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is an incredibly quirky, humorous and warm-hearted story about growing old disgracefully - and breaking all the rules along the way!
79-year-old Martha Anderson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting life-style. Along with her four oldest friends – otherwise known as the League of Pensioners – Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them. Together, they cause an uproar with their antics: protesting against early bedtimes and plastic meals. As the elderly friends become more daring, their activities escalate and they come up with a cunning plan to break out of the care home and land themselves in a far more attractive Stockholm establishment. With the aid of their Zimmer frames, they resolve to stand up for old aged pensioners everywhere - Robin Hood style. And that’s when the adventure really takes off . . . Perfect for fans of The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Translated by Rod Bradbury.
Review: The older generation has a lot to tell. Sometimes we forget this fact, so it surprises us when one day our grandparents tell us how they had to flee their home during war with a donkey, or how they worked in a submarine when they were young. It surprises us because we just see them as old people who spend their days playing cards or watching TV. So it's no surprise that all these books with an old main character that have been published recently have been so popular. Because old people have a lot to tell and a lot of life to live.
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules definitely has a lot to tell. Tired of being told to go to bed when the sun is still up, of all the tasteless food and of the suspicious pills that make them all sleepy, a very charming little old lady convinces her four friends that a better life outside their care home is possible. And the way out is committing crimes. This is the beginning of the League of Pensioners who are ready to cause mischief all around town just under the noses of the police.
I found this story really amusing and fun. All the members of the League of Pensioners were a real treat to read about. And their adventures made me laugh but think at the same time. Why would any healthy eighty-year-old want to sit on an armchair all day staring at the wall when they are still full of life?
The League of Pensioners' plans for their crimes were a real work of art, imagine an oceans' eleven forty years later and you'll have an idea. Each one of them had a role to play to make it all work, and even with some minor improvisations they all played it perfectly. Because why would the police get suspicious of this group of old innocent looking pensioners with walkers and canes?
A fun, uplifting book that will definitely make you look at the elderly a little differently. Come back next week to read my opinion on the sequel of this story, The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again.