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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada (Aug. 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443419109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443419109
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?[A] laugh-out-loud debut ?" -- Publishers Weekly ()

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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Terrence Cheney TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 18 2013
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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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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Janet Babins TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 13 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ron on March 7 2013
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By faeriedance on Oct. 3 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on Aug. 1 2013
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This is my first book review I've written without finishing the book. Started into last night and put it down three hours later. All the characters are in living color, and I can relate to each one. A bit of me is reflected in them all. From the earnest police inspector prone to missing the right turns to the profane 'Beauty'. Others for you to discover. The style of writing is understated deadpan, reminding me of a business report or a maintenance procedure, which the author skillfully uses to complement the plausible but almost surreal twists and turns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lenny prune on Jan. 11 2014
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I was not able to even finish this book. It starts out well but by the time you get halfway through it starts to become ridiculously far fetched. It was to me reminiscent of a child's fairly tale. It did have a few good lines but if the book was half as long it would have been better I believe. It tends to have a lot of filler material that contributes to the lengthiness of the book. Perhaps I am just used to reading books that are not quite so farcical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Ellis on Jan. 18 2014
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The reviews sounded like an entertaining, insightful read to enjoy. What this book really is, is a poorly disguised take-off (rip-off) on Forrest Gump. If you're looking for a goofy explanation to 20th century history with a Nordic point of view, then this is that.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lin F Steele on 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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