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ABUELO QUE SALTÓ POR LA VENTANA Y SE LARGÓ, EL (original 2009; edition 2012)

by Jonas Jonasson

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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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English (161)  Spanish (18)  Dutch (17)  French (14)  German (13)  Catalan (5)  Norwegian (3)  Danish (2)  Swedish (2)  Finnish (2)  Italian (2)  All languages (239)
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Though entertainingly witty, it's not all light and benevolent humor as the cover of the book would lead you to believe. It's very humorous, yes, throughout, but with the undercurrent of all sorts of misdeeds. (That's the thing - transgressions are turned into humor a bit too readily).

From the first page, one expects benign antics of a centegenarian, but things turn out not so benign after all, even though everything evens out at the end. Through the flashbacks into the not-so-plausible life of the protagonist, the author, however, manages to make a lot of excellent points about the most well-known (or notorious!) world leaders and about politics in general (here the former journalist in him comes through) - all told under the veil of light humor, no matter how grim some actions may be.

A slight disappointment in the way the story is told from the side of the police pursuing the run-away - no suspense there, as we already know what is happening with him from his own perspective. But great pearls of wisdom here and there - as, for instance, what kept the old man going through life was what his mother had told him in childhood (one of the oldest surviving morals there is...) - that "things are what they are, and whatever will be will be" ... Simple and powerful. And here's one about racism: as a young Swede, the protagonist was extremely curious to see what black people were all about, but "it turned out that there was no difference other than the color of their skin, except of course that they spoke weird languages, but the whites did that too, from southern Sweden onwards." I think this book might make a good movie. ( )
1 vote Clara53 | Feb 6, 2015 |
Allan Karlsson is turning one hundred years old, but decides he can't stick around for his birthday party. Instead he slips out the bedroom window and heads to the train station. From there, he meets with the most colorful characters, escaping disaster after disaster with the help of Lady Luck. But then, his whole life has been one of coincidence and good fortune. I loved how the two threads of his current mad cap escapades and his younger adventures play out in alternating chapters. I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through history --it was very funny and well crafted! You will never meet another character who has played such a crucial, yet unreported, role in world events, from Presidents to the Manhattan Project, from Sweden to Russia, China, Bali, France and the US. A hoot!! ( )
  Berly | Feb 3, 2015 |
funny but at times too wordy ( )
  HendrikSteyaert | Jan 24, 2015 |
During the 2014 D Day celebrations, the news story that most people were talking about was that of an 89 year old pensioner who had gone missing from his retirement home only to show up in Normandy to partake in the events. Thankfully he didn't get into any trouble or go on any sort of murder spree.

I bring him up because his escapade is very similar to the opening chapter of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Allan Karlsson decides he's had enough of living in his retirement home and decides to make a break for it, minutes before the start of this hundredth birthday celebration.

But Allan can't just go on his own. He decides to swipe the suitcase of a local criminal. That is the first and least heinous of Allan's crimes. Along the way he picks up a few likeminded compatriots Ñ all of whom share in Allan's new found fortune and uncanny knack for violent crime.

Now if this book took place solely in the present, with Allan as a centenarian, I would be singing its praises. It doesn't. Instead it gets bogged down in Allan's remarkable backstory, one in which Allan ends up meeting everyone important from each big event of the twentieth century. Allan's backstory is LONG, improbable, and boring as all get out. It's clearly padding for a story that would have otherwise been a delightfully Edward Gorey-esque novella. ( )
  pussreboots | Jan 20, 2015 |
A rollicking good tale. I thoroughly enjoyed this well written piece of literature with good characterization, laugh out loud interaction, and just a fun read about a very endearing, unpretentious 100 year old man. No message, no suspense, no mystery, just a good, fun story to enjoy. ( )
  kmmt48 | Jan 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.
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Černík, ZbyněkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary 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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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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- Mon fils, méfie-toi des prêtres, et des gens qui ne boivent pas d'alcool. Les pires de tous sont les prêtres qui ne boivent pas d'alcool.
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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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