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Der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster…

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

by Jonas Jonasson, Wibke Kuhn (Übersetzer)

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Title:Der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster stieg und verschwand: Roman
Authors:Jonas Jonasson
Other authors:Wibke Kuhn (Übersetzer)
Info:carl's books (2011), Ausgabe: 8. Auflage, Broschiert, 416 Seiten
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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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light and funny ( )
  Robbie1943 | Apr 2, 2017 |
(Fiction, Contemporary, Satire)

As you might be able to tell from the title, this book, translated from Swedish, is told in a breezy, almost tongue-in-cheek style.

After ‘escaping’ from a nursing home, Allan Karlsson, much like Forrest Gump, encounters a series of adventures that become more outlandish as the book progresses.

Lots of fun. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Mar 6, 2017 |
Allan Karlsson has had enough of the nursing home he is in. As everyone prepares to celebrate his hundredth birthday he climbs out of the window and walks away.

We slowly discover Allan's story.

An eccentric and brilliant book! ( )
  pamjw | Mar 5, 2017 |
Jonas Jonasson’s new book, The Girl Who save the Swedish King was released in April 2014. His book, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared was turned into a major motion picture and has become an international success. I thought after all this excitement about Jonasson’s new book and film, it would be nice to return to Jonasson’s first book and look at what makes Allan, the 100-year-old man, so intriguing.

Jonasson’s novel follows the life of centenarian, Allan Karlsson, who one day decides to climb out of the window of his nursing home. He isn’t really looking for adventure, just somewhere that isn’t near nurse Alice. Although, from the moment Allan steps out the window, adventure is all he gets. When Allan steals a suitcase filled with money from a member of the ‘Never Again’ gang, Allan is hunted down by the gang and the police. With a bit of luck and wit Allan, a centenarian, manages to outwit the gang and stay on the run/shuffle. Along the way, Allan makes unlikely friends who form a mismatched group, including the boss of ‘Never Again’. So Allan, Julius, Benny, The Beauty, and Sonya the elephant travel around Sweden trying to escape the clutches of the Swedish police.

Jonasson has a very strong narrative style that is unmistakeably funny, strong, and relaxed. He alternates between current events – Allan and co. hiding from the police and the Never Again gang – and Allan’s younger years. Allan has a devil-may-care attitude and has a motto in life is: ‘Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be.’ This gets him into all sorts of trouble and throughout his life, Allan rubs shoulders with leaders from around the world. He has a terrible dinner with Stalin that ends with him being thrown into a Russian prison for five years; he pretends to attempt an assassination of Churchill in Iran; he has some noodles with Chairman Mao; ruins Kim Jong Il’s ability to trust; crosses the Himalayas; Fights for both sides of the Spanish revolution; squashes someone with an elephant; and finally marries at the age of 101.

Allan’s background and morals are far from pure. I would say they are simple. Allan enjoys nice company, preferably with vodka, and as long as he has enough money for a bit of food and some hard liquor, things are alright. And somehow, despite the fact that Allan helps develop the nuclear bomb, kills gang members (with a bit of help), and accidentally tells the Russians the secret of developing an A-bomb, he is still a loveable feel-good character. It is Allan’s positivity that is so uplifting in this book. He makes you believe that quite anything is possible.

If you haven’t read Jonasson’s book, it’s a must for this summer.

“Allan encouraged the marshal to think positively, but added that it was of course entirely up to the marshal himself. If he really wanted to walk along wearing only his underpants and have negative thoughts about life, then he could do so.” – p252 ( )
  bound2books | Feb 12, 2017 |
Simply hilarious, it is a wonderful read thoroughly worth your time. It is ingenious of Jonasson to weave so many world events together in one book. ( )
1 vote siok | Jan 30, 2017 |
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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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Černík, ZbyněkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be."
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.
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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