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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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Authors:Jonas Jonasson
Info:Ediciones Salamandra (2012), Perfect Paperback

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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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It’s true that the plot line of this book is unrealistic in ways. I think it can be read two ways, firstly a light hearted tale full of humour and suspended from reality. Alternatively, we can think of Allan the munitions expert as the bomb itself, which dispassionately and unwittingly supplies each major political entity with a type of power. ( )
  Juliery | Sep 28, 2015 |
Thinking back over the book, I really can't put my finger on what I liked about it. Yes, it was absurd, yes, it was silly and unbelievable. Charm. I think that's what it has. None of the characters were such that I was sad to leave them, but it was an entertaining interlude. ( )
  2wonderY | Aug 31, 2015 |
Lovely Swedish humor, a plot with twists and a heartwarming story, including a circus elephant, an incapable inspector and some unforeseen deaths - not the death of the 100-year old though ;) ( )
  squirreltina | Aug 24, 2015 |
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 |
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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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"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.
- 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.
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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