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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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Started off really well and then went downhill. So exciting in the beginning but then the story turned out to be really boring and slow. ( )
  Erika.D | Jan 28, 2016 |
A lovely, whimsical, book. It begins on Allan Karlsson's 100th birthday. He's in his bedroom in an old folks home waiting for his party to start, when he realises he just doesn't want any of it, opens his bedroom window, climbs out & sets off on his 'adventures'. The book then alternates between what is happening now and his life from birth to the moment he climbs out of his window. It's full of far fetched adventures and coincidences that just make you smile while you're reading it.

Not a book to take seriously, but one to give you a warm, happy feeling while you read it. ( )
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
A blurb on the back cover says it best - "A reluctant centenarian with a life like Forrest Gump's (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it's not too late to start over..."! The man from the title skips out on his 100th birthday party and starts an adventure that is both sweet and crazy, involving criminals, an elephant, and dead bodies! At one point, the police think they are trying to save a geriatric from criminals, but then it seems they are trying to save criminals from the geriatric! Along the way, we get to learn about the man's life before escaping the window, and there is where the Gump comparisons come in. A truly wonderful, whimsical tale that I enjoyed very much! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
A great farcical story, very funny in places. Centenarian, Allan Karlsson, escapes his retirement home on the day of his birthday party. The story details the events of Arthur's extraordinary life and the astounding influence he had on the world stage and his relationship with famous,or should that be infamous, political leaders. The eclectic group of associates he meets up with provide for some very amusing happenings whilst all the time being chased by the law. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading Jonassons next book "The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden". ( )
1 vote PriscillaM | Jan 20, 2016 |
Wow, I'm glad that my sister mentioned this book to me a few weeks ago as somehow I'd either not heard of it, glossed over any mention of it, or I'd totally forgotten that I'd ever heard of.

Allan Karlsson, on his 100th birthday, decides to go rogue, leave his nursing home and the dictates of Director Alice in search of freedom to drink vodka and smoke. Among the adventures that follow we learn about his life and how he helped influence some major events of the 20th century despite his meagre three years of formal education (as to why, that's in the book.)

Its quirky story & humour appealed to me as Jonas spins a good yarn. ( )
1 vote Karin7 | Jan 20, 2016 |
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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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Jonas Jonassonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Černík, ZbyněkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RodTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bree, Corry vanTranslatorsecondary 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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Monday, 2nd May 2005

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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Allan Karlsson to Prosecutor Ranelid: "You can never have too much clarity."
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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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