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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared [Paperback]

Jonas Jonasson
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Aug. 17 2012

Amazon.ca Editors' Pick: Best Books of 2012

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health. A big celebration is in the works for his 100th birthday, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his alcohol consumption), so he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey. It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: he has not only witnessed some of the most important events of the 20th century, but actually played a key role in them. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

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“Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story.” — AFTONBLADET (Sweden)

“First-rate.” — DER SPIEGEL (Germany)

“[A] Swedish black novel that reads like a road trip with Forrest Gump at the wheel.” — NU (The Netherlands)

“Dynamite comedy.” — LE FIGARO (France)

“A celebration of absurd humour.” — HELSINGIN SANOMAT (Finland )

“Overflowing with humour.” — El MUNDO (Spain)

“Hilarious. . . . A publishing phenomenon.” — CORRIERE DELLA SERA (Italy)

About the Author

Jonas Jonasson is a former journalist and media consultant. He lives in Sweden. Visit him at www.jonasjonasson.com or on Facebook.

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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS NOVEL IS A WINNER! Nov. 13 2012
By Janet Babins TOP 100 REVIEWER
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It is the year 2005 in the town of Malmkoping, Sweden. A birthday party is planned at the Old Folks' Home for Allan Karlsson. He is 100 years old. Everyone will be there including the Mayor, the Journal and Photographer, the staff and the old folks who live there. There is a lot of excitement going on, but Allan is not interested. He decides to escape.

Allan's room is on the ground floor. He's wearing a brown jacket with brown trousers and on his feet he is wearing a pair of brown indoor slippers. He climbs out the window and steps out into the flower bed. He is on the run from his own birthday party. He wonders if he should climb back in for his shoes and his hat, but when he felt his wallet in his inside pocket, he decides to be on his way. He knows that Alice, the Director, would be fishing around for him. He had thought it would be his last residence on Earth and then he tells himself that he can die some other time, in some other place. Allan sets off in his pee-slippers (so called because men of advanced age rarely pee farther than their shoes). After walking a few hundred yards, he sits down on a bench next to some gravestones to rest his aching knees. He is a fairly healthy man, but he is 100 years old. Allan continues his walk until a stone wall appears in his path. It was about three feet high and Allan is a centenarian, not a high jumper. He walks to the lowest end of the wall and climbs over in spite of his age and knees.

On the other side was Malmkoping's bus station. The Station waiting room was almost empty when Allan shuffles in. He asks the man in the booth how far his money would take him. While at the bus terminal, Allan meets a young man with a suitcase.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, good yarn of a tale April 18 2013
By David Terrence Cheney TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book and heard some good things about it so maybe I was expecting more. There are basically two stories here: the 100-year old man climbs out the window is set in the present tense and then there is story of the 100-year old man's life during most of the twentieth century.

I really enjoyed the present day story of how all the characters were intertwined and how things rolled along. The humor was very enjoyable and the characters so laughable that I often burst out laughing at "what just happened".

I was less than impressed with the historical aspect woven through his life. Some parts worked well but it became such a pastiche that I began to expect things to happen according to the time period. Then it just got silly and so improbable that I was wondering where he was going with it? On one hand, he make you laugh at how the Cold War was but on the other, one sees how sad this time period it really was. Its definitely not an Italo Calvino but very much a Forest Gump.

Its worth a read and when he is funny, its very funny but I didn't think it deserves all the hype.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL March 7 2013
By Ron
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It has been a long time since I've read a book that made me laugh out loud like this one did. A good read, great fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a good thing Sept. 13 2013
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The first part of this book had me enthralled. I liked the writing style and the story line but about half way through, the story lost its charm for me. SPOILER ALERT How many world leaders can a man dine with even if he is 100 years old? How many prison sentences can one man survive without becoming bitter? How many happy coincidences can happen that save the day without the central character having to do anything? How many characters can one book hold? I could go on. The whole story ended up being too facile. I finished it without much enthusiasm and found the ending to be lame.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice read Oct. 3 2013
By faeriedance TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I was pleasantly impressed with this book. It was written simply, but had unique characters and a twisty, quirky plot. Not a whole lot of character development, but you do get absorbed in the plot. The whole time you are wondering what the author is going to do next. At the end you wonder how the author is going to get everyone and everything together at the end. Wow. A very clever author, with a great talent for writing the unexpected and unusual without appearing to go beyond the realm of the believable. Fun.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sore stomach from laughing March 16 2013
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Haven't had such a fun read in a long time. I couldn't read it in bed as my laughing kept waking up my husband! Loved how each chapter went from present to past. A thoroughly unlikable character but he still made me laugh out loud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gut Buster Dec 1 2013
By Remle33
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In my opinion 5 stars is not a high enough rating for this delightful "read". It has been a long time since I had the opportunity to read a story that had me laughing at the turn of every page. Maybe it's my sense of humour but I have loaned this book to three others and they all have the same opinion - this is one truly humerous story, they don't come along like this one very often, pity. It was originally written in Swedish. Rod Bradbury, who did the English translation, is to be congratulated on an excellent job.
The world is full (too full) of sadness these days, laughter, and lots of it, is needed. This "read" helps.
I have already ordered the author's next effort, the girl who saved the king. If it's as good a "read" as this one then I'm going to be one happy guy.
Thank you Mr. Jonasson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I liked it. Certainly not your typical story.
Published 11 hours ago by Bittwister
4.0 out of 5 stars Far-fetched but great if we all could live that long!
It was really funny and interesting up to a point. Towards the end of the book, it became silly. But then I'm not a great fiction reader. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Grace M. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Forrest Gump Meets Einstein (Herbert that is :-))
I read this book for my book club.
It was absolutely delightful!
A Forrest Gump meets Einstein - in this case "Herbert" but well you'll see! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Ophelia
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny. So inventive
So funny. So inventive. I laughed out loud and never wanted it to end.
Published 17 days ago by Linda Pfeiffer
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny and so good
Absolutely marvellous. So funny and so good!
Published 18 days ago by DOROTHY CARMICHAEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing and funny.
This is one unique and endearing story. I loved every word!
Published 18 days ago by Pearl
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
This is a great read. I am enjoying the witty style, the pace and the characters. I highly recommend it.
Published 18 days ago by Anamaria
2.0 out of 5 stars Been There, Done That
Allan is much like Forrest Gump...he's been everywhere and done everything with just about every historical figure in the last century. It gets a bit tiresome. Read more
Published 20 days ago by J8n
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful romp through an alternatively imagined history of the 20th...
A wonderful romp through an alternatively imagined history of the 20th century. When you are 100 society's rules no longer apply, and the fun starts. A great summer read!
Published 20 days ago by CraigApplegath
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Different read for me but loved it.
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