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Der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster stieg und verschwand: Roman (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Jonas Jonasson, Wibke Kuhn (Translator)

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Title:Der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster stieg und verschwand: Roman
Authors:Jonas Jonasson
Other authors:Wibke Kuhn (Translator)
Info:carl's books (2011), Perfect Paperback
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Tags:Roman, Schweden, ausgeliehen, von Niel

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (2009)

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Just too ridiculous for me!

I persevered with this book because it was a book group read, but I didn't find it amusing at all and I really struggled to finish it. It was just too far fetched to be believable.

I could totally relate to Allan Karlsson in deciding to escape from his own one hundredth birthday celebration, after all, who'd want to share it with the mayor and the press? But the chain of events that followed, involving criminals, a stolen suitcase and an elephant, were just farcical. On top of that Allan Karlsson turns out to have had an equally unbelievable life, inventing the atom bomb and hobnobbing with presidents, really??!

Suitable for lovers of farce, or maybe fantasy! ( )
  DubaiReader | Jul 27, 2015 |
3.25 stars

Allan Karlsson walks out of his nursing home on the day he turns 100 and disappears. From there, he manages to get into trouble (stealing things and worse) and he collects people along the way as they continue on the run together. There is also a look back at his 100 years of life, mostly as an explosives expert as he travelled the world and met many world leaders.

It was ok. I preferred the current-day storyline to looking back on his life. There were some amusing parts, but I found a lot of it just silly. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jun 19, 2015 |
Allan Karlsson is about to turn 100 years old and be subjected to a birthday party is planned at his retirement home. To escape, he steps out of his window in his slippers and disappears. At the bus station a suitcase of drug money is left in his care and when he boards a bus with it he is soon chased by both the drug dealers and the police. Allan's life has been filled with amazing adventures told in parallel to his life 'on the run'. In a very Forest Gump type of way, key world events of the twentieth century and meeting leaders such as Stalin, Churchill, Truman, Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle just seem to have happened to Allan. A very nicely told story. ( )
  boppisces | Jun 6, 2015 |
The book is at least as surprising and original as its title.

Allan Karlsson is a wonderful character you can't help to love as you get to know about him and his crazy life throughout the book.

I liked the setup with chapters alternating between past and present. The fine line between facts and fiction was very entertaining and I often had to laugh out loud while reading. This fact alone makes it worthwile to compare it with [b:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy|11|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)|Douglas Adams|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327656754s/11.jpg|3078186].

Really enjoyable and relaxing read. Recommended to everyone needing a break! :-) ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
Jonas Jonasson has created a fan for life. That sounds super dramatic and I suppose it is but it's true nonetheless. Irreverent humor abounds in this story about a centenarian who has truly grabbed life by the horns or in his case by the neck of the vodka bottle. Allan Karlsson, the Swede, traveled the world and made his mark in the political sphere despite having no interest in the topic whatsoever. Along the way, he managed to meet a variety of people which unless the reader has lived under a rock will be immediately recognized (and lampooned). The story begins with his escape through a window on his 100th birthday (yes, the title is literal) and follows Allan on a fantastic journey in which he makes new friends while simultaneously giving the reader a glimpse into his extraordinary past. Jonasson seamlessly works in the past with the present and I, for one, never found it jarring. A blending of true historical events with a humorously outlandish twist, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, is a must-read. (PS I just found out it was the most sold book in Sweden for 2010. Hooray!) ( )
  AliceaP | May 7, 2015 |
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Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny, the novel quickly develops into a romp that takes in all the major events of the 20th century. . . the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.
added by mysterymax | editThe Guardian, Jane Housham (Jul 24, 2012)
 
Stalin synger svenske drikkeviser, og Truman blir dritings .Forrest Gump som hundreåring i ny bok.
ANMELDELSE: Han redder general Franco, riktignok etter først å ha plassert en bombe for å drepe ham. Han avverger et attentat mot Churchill, og gir Oppenheimer den endelige løsningen på formelen for atombomben.

Det rene soap altså. Samtidig er det — på sin høyst skakke og fantasifulle måte — en fantastisk reise gjennom forrige århundre.

Jonas Jonassen er intelligent, vittig og systemkritisk, der han harver over alt fra fjollete politifolk, rasehygienikere og despoters ideologiske paranoia. I en bok som gir håp om at alle har en fremtid, også hundreåringer.
added by annek49 | editDagbladet, Cathrine Krøger (Jan 18, 2011)
 
Nästan frustande av alla förvecklingar som ryms i debuten släpper jag snart taget en bit in i läsningen. Jag inser att precis vad som helst kan hända och kommer att göra det. Författaren tycks bubbla av infallsrikedom strösslad med lite sensmoral.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jonas Jonassonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Černík, ZbyněkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RodTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bree, Corry vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Podestà Heir, MargheritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be."
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Ingen kunde trollbinda sin publik bättre än morfar där han satt på ljugarbänken, lätt framåtlutad över sin käpp och med munnen full av snus.
– Nej men... är det sant, morfar? sa vi häpna barnbarn.
– Di söm bara säjer dä söm ä sanning, ä inte vär' å höra på, svarade morfar.
Den här boken är till honom.
An extra thank you to Micke, Liza, Rixon, Maud and Uncle Hans.
- Jonas
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You might think he could have made up his mind earlier, and been man enough to tell the others of his decision. But Allan Karlsson had never been given to pondering things too long.
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Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.… (more)

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