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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (original 2009; edition 2012)

by Jonas Jonasson

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Title:The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Authors:Jonas Jonasson
Info:Hyperion (2012), Edition: Original, Paperback, 400 pages
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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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I gave this book a 3/5 stars

I enjoyed this book, but I did have a whole lot of problems with it.

I enjoyed reading about Allan's life and all the historical events he was alive for, I love reading about historical events so that was defiantly a positive. I also loved most of the characters.

What I didn't like was the ending, it seemed way to.. easy? I also didn't find the book as funny as everyone else did, and at times I got so uninterested in what was going on at the moment that I had to put the book down for a while and just watch TV and take a break.

I don't feel like this was the best book I've read, it really didn't grasp me in any way, but I didn't hate it at the same time. ( )
  Shehleen | Dec 8, 2014 |
Allan Karlsson, 100 Jahre alt, reicht's. Er hat keine Lust mehr auf Haferbrei, Vorschriften wann er was wo essen darf und generell behandelt zu werden wie ein kleines Kind. Also klettert er an seinem 100. Geburtstag kurzerhand durch's Fenster seines Zimmers im Altenheim und macht sich auf den Weg: Es kommt eh wie es kommt - seine Lebensmaxime, mit der er die letzten 100 Jahre ganz gut gefahren ist. Auf seinem Weg nach irgendwohin packt es ihn plötzlich und er stiehlt einem jungen nervigen Mann dessen Koffer. Dumm nur, dass dieser bis oben hin mit Geld gefüllt ist und der junge Mann ihn um jeden Preis wieder zurückhaben will. Dass es hierbei zu diversen Komplikationen kommt, versteht sich sicherlich von selbst, doch Allan Karlsson trifft unterwegs auf einige Menschen, die ihm durchaus wohlgesonnen sind und ihm hilfreich zur Seite stehen - wobei die Aussicht auf einen Anteil am Koffervermögen vermutlich auch dazu beiträgt.
Es ist eine wirklich humorvolle, aberwitzige Geschichte, wobei im Wechsel auch die Lebensgeschichte Allans erzählt wird, die nicht weniger unterhaltsam und abenteuerlich ist als das momentane Geschehen. Das Alles ist nicht unbedingt realitätsnah, aber wie meinte schon der Großvater des Autors im Vorwort: 'Wenn ein'n man jümmers bloß die Wohrheit vertellt, denn is dat de Tid nich wert, dat je em tohört.' Die handelnden Personen sind durchweg liebenswert dargestellt, und wenn auch so mancher Toter den Weg der Gruppe pflastert, drückt man doch allen fest die Daumen, dass sie mit der Sache durchkommen.
Der Schreibstil ist etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig: recht schlicht, fast schon naiv, passt aber in idealer Weise zur Art der Hauptperson Allan und man fühlt sich nach einigen Seiten auf du und du mit ihm. Es waren ein paar vergnügliche Lesestunden, die (zumindest bei mir) ein ständiges Schmunzeln verursachten. ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
This book was pure entertainment. If storyboards were done for books like they are for movies, the ones for this book would end up looking like an intricate spider web. As one plotline builds upon another, unlikely threads connect them. Pay close attention as you read this tale, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. And despite the hilarity that awaits the reader, there are some distinct pearls of wisdom that are dispensed along the way. Well, wouldn’t you expect a 100 year-old-man to have something worthwhile to impart? ( )
  Maydacat | Dec 1, 2014 |
Wildly entertaining book about about the centenarian who's met everyone and done everything (and blown some of it up). Read several hundred pages on airplane trip UK-USA; finished it in one go the next morning. A tale tall and satiric as Thomas Berger's "Little Big Man." ( )
  NatalieSW | Nov 22, 2014 |

I have every sympathy with anyone facing a ‘celebration’ they do not wish to celebrate, and who climbs out of the (ground floor) bedroom window to escape from it. Like [b:Water for Elephants|43641|Water for Elephants|Sara Gruen|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1404582050s/43641.jpg|3441236], the protagonist is an elderly man in an old people’s home where he does not wish to be. His spirit is unbowed, even if his legs aren’t as steady as they used to be. Unlike Water for Elephants, Allan Karlsson is not going to run away to a circus – instead he simply wants to go as far away as possible on a 50-krone note. Thus starts a bizarre sequence of events that, once you skip back through his life (which you do, in suitably digestible chunks), becomes totally in keeping with his extraordinary twists of fortune.

Since Allan is 100 years old, the chunks tracing his life start right back in the 1900s. It’s a life lesson for any teens agonising over their careers after their exams – you can have a successful and interesting career so long as you take the opportunities that come your way. Admittedly, the opportunities that Allan takes are somewhat crazier than most of us would face, but then we were not born in Sweden with a father who had the misfortune to fall out with the Bolsheviks just as the Communists took power in Russia. It’s enough to make anyone avoid politics forever, which is exactly what Allan does. Nevertheless he gets embroiled in one dangerous political situation after another – well, there was a lot going on between 1920 and 1990 in Europe and America… and Russia, Siberia, Korea, China, Japan and Iran, too. Allan manages to get into all the political and revolutionary hotspots.

In between the flashbacks we are treated to the police pursuit all over South Sweden after he does his disappearing act, and the crazy events that he's mixed up in.

The writing is dryly humorous, full of fun, yet absurd at the same time, with wonderfully rounded and somewhat inept characters. It’s rather like a Swedish Hitchhiker’s Guide to the 20th Century – it shoulod have Don’t Panic written helpfully on the back.

I absolutely loved it – with a slight sadness that I thought it dropped off at the end. But I still give it five stars – since I’d have given it six if I could.

It’s a bizarre, somewhat Nordic noir romp that I thoroughly recommend to adults who like something clean and off the wall with a smattering of wacky history thrown in. ( )
  Jemima_Pett | Nov 11, 2014 |
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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.
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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.
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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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