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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), Edition: 8. Auflage, Broschiert, 416 pages
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It sounds a lot like Forrest Gump to me... The character is a bit naive and the story is told that way; he also participates in so many historical events, which is highly unlikely, but still amusing.

I enjoyed the chapters telling what had been going on in the present, after he climbs out the window, but I'm still not getting the point of all the chapters about the first 100 years of his life... At 50% of the book, I'm still wondering if these are even useful as far as the plot goes and if they could just have been removed and maybe published separately?

Not completely devoid of interest - it's funny and for the most part enjoyable - but there's only so many times I can ask myself "why am I reading this chapter, and what's it got to do with the story" before I lose interest completely and have to put the book away.

I guess it wasn't for me. ( )
  cybercarotte | Nov 23, 2016 |
Splendido romanzo. A tratti grottesco, talvolta ruvido, specie sulla cultura svedese. Ma sempre ironico ed esilarante a tratti. È bello farsi accompagnare a passeggio per la storia dell'ultimo secolo dal simpatico Allen Karlsson. E se tutto vi sembrerà assurdo dopo un po' inizierete a pensare che la verità spesso è un po' troppo noiosa. Buona lettura. ( )
  scaredda | Nov 9, 2016 |
A very funny book, abounding in absurd situations and tongue in cheek humour.. The story/stories weave back and forth between a thoroughly improbable Forrest-Gump-like tour and interpretation of the 20th century's world events and the 100 year old man's road trip adventure that starts on the day of his birthday and gathers steam and friends from there. A particular world view "Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be" that turns out all is well that ends well when you make few demands of life and just go with the flow. A good read, however, I found the constant time transitions were tiring and distracting especially as the book was so very long -- how can you cover a hundred years of world history otherwise. Perhaps a read particularly suited to long scandinavian nights? ( )
  amaraki | Oct 29, 2016 |
Charming and fun. The storytelling reminded me a bit of Hitchhiker's Guide, where it provides a very casual look at very important things and gives you the full story that the characters never know. Quite enjoyable! ( )
  Alliebadger | Oct 16, 2016 |
Chase caper meets Forrest Gump.

Mildly amusing in parts. There was nothing wrong with it, but nothing that really grabbed me either. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Oct 10, 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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"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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