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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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92 of 98 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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL March 7 2013
By Ron
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as clever as it pretends to be. Dec 29 2013
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The narrative is satisfactory but the style of writing attempted here requires keener wit to render it effective. Supposedly insightful twists of phrase and plot are seen coming and are lacking in complexity. Could not finish the book as this aspect became annoying.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story Oct. 1 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I hesitated at buying this book. No idea why. Fantastic read start to finish. Wonderful humour
with an amazing whimsical story. Loved it. A great light read, start to finish. I dont want to admit how
many books are on my kindle that I never finished. Not this one. Only disappointment is that its over!
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20 of 24 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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6 of 7 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Great disappointment.
Great title. Great cover. Great expectation. Great disappointment. Great big bore. Not great. Rather read "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"
Published 2 days ago by Brigi
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts off well, becomes gradually more boring.
I was into this story for the first 1/3, but it has lost momentum and is droning on a bit; the old man's past is particularly ho-hum Disappointing, as it started off as an engaging... Read more
Published 12 days ago by N. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Storytelling
The characters come over for cup a coffee and before you know it....they become your friends (albeit not your run-of-the-mill friends). Outstanding storytelling.
Published 15 days ago by Mark Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun from reality
What a fun side step from reality. This was an excellent read. Certainly kept a smile on your face while traveling along with the hero and his adventures.
Published 16 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book was full of humor and was very entertaining. This 100 year old man gives us all hope for a interesting and fun loving old age.
Published 20 days ago by Forever Reading
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!!
I just loved this book. I have since given it as a gift to several friends who have all been effusive in their praise of it. A wonderful read. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that you will have a good laugh with.
The book is an easy read and also one that is hard to put down. It gives you an insight as to what things could be experienced should you live that long. Read more
Published 23 days ago by deirdre healy
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed
This old fellow, fed up in a senior's residence decides to leave for adventure.
And he experience them, one after the other, and they are hilarious. Read more
Published 24 days ago by P. Anastasiades
5.0 out of 5 stars A very different funny book
This is a hilarious dark comedy. I literally laughed out loud many times while reading it. Jonas Jonasson has a very unique style of writing. I hope he writes many more books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by caseygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
This is a superb, easy to read novel that I read in one sitting. Am looking forward to the movie version.
Published 1 month ago by A. Witteveen
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