At first I thought that he was just a contrary old codger avoiding a tedious and teetotal event. He pinches a strangers suitcase at the bus station just because that stranger was rude to him, he travels on, making his plans as he goes.
This was the pattern of his whole life, he fell into becoming an explosives expert and shared his knowledge with anyone friendly to him, willing to share a drink or a meal. He retains a profound disinterest in politics even as he helps Chinese Nationalists and Communists and American Presidents. While on the run from the rest home he has more adventures.
He is a man to whom things happen!
Author: Jonas Jonasson