I must confess, I don't get the hype.
I read this book out of curiosity and before my Kindle. Everyone I knew was talking about it. I read the book and thought.....why?
The book follows a old man who was about to turn 100. He escaped the nursing home where he was staying at and decided to go for a walk (and people make fun of how unlikely romance novels are?). On his way he unintentionally stole someone's luggage, which is filled with money. Then he began his journey, aka running for his life. On his journey he met various unsavory characters and some turned out to be friendly. So their interactions took up a major section of the book. Later on the group bought them a car and an elephant (another whaaaat?) and somehow in the end everything worked out well and noboby in this small group was put in prison and the princess and the prince lived happily ever after.
This is one of the few contemporary novels that I read a while ago. These contemporary novels often have thin plots and no substance (for me). They have no messages (none that I can interprete). A fiction either has something to say or has a hell of a story to tell. This book is neither.