The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared Paperback – Deckle Edge, Aug 28 2012
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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 was a journalist for the Expressen newspaper for many years. He became a media consultant and later set up a company producing sports and events for Swedish television before selling it and moving abroad to work on his first novel. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novels The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. He lives on the Swedish island Gotland in the Baltic Sea.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
This book had lots of favour but no substance. There is a huge, long, historical plot covering almost a full century and yet, if you were to ask what the book was about, I would have to say not very much.
To be honest this book really should get almost four stars. It was quite entertaining. But I somehow felt like I was being entertained so that I would not notice that there was nothing really happening so, in the end, I am going with three stars. There are many books like this now and you could just as easily read one of them.
To be honest i
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