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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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Somewhere asking the way this book grew from a 3-star to a 4-star story. I think it was when e meet The Beauty, whose blue language causes one of the unlikely group of travelers to fall in love with her. I found the deadpan (no pun intended) humor and the momentum of events as they unfold, chapter by chapter, irresistible. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
Allan Karlsson does not want to celebrate his 100th birthday. He has had a full and interesting life, but the thought of a party at his "old folks home" fills him with dread. So, he does what any reasonable 100 year old man in slippers would do: he climbs out the window of his room, smashes the pansies at his feet, and takes off on an adventure to rival his already full lifetime of adventures. At the bus station, he is asked by a man to watch a suitcase, and when Allan boards the bus for his journey, he decides to take the suitcase with him, which entangles him in a plot he did not imagine. As he runs, he realizes he is not only trying to escape the police who are trying to bring him home, but also a group of criminals who think Allan stole their money. Along the way, Allan joins forces with new friends, some of whom turn out to be related to the very criminals he is trying to escape. This book was so far-fetched, but it was funny. Usually, these type of books annoy me, but this one was well done. I enjoyed the characters, even the bad ones, and I loved the irony in the situations. The chapters about Allan's present were interspersed with his past, which were not as interesting to me, but still good. I did like that the chapters about his past were very rooted in historical events, and it made me go searching for information and answers. A fun, light book - a good break for me from the usual death and destruction I like to read. ( )
  litgirl29 | May 2, 2017 |
The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared is about Allan Karlsson who right before his 100 year birthday celebrations climbed out of his assisted living room's window and disappeared. The story continues to tell his strange escape story and the dangers and the friendships he comes across. But also a historical story of Allen's 100 year life is told within the escape story. Historical story starts from 1905 and touches many important historical events of the last century: WWI, professor Bernard Lundborg, Spanish Civil War (general Franco), making of the first nuclear bomb (president Roosevelt and Oppenheimer), Harry Truman, Soong Mei-Iing, WWII, CIA and Shah's secret police in Iran, Yury Borisovich Khariton and Stalin and Russia's first nuclear bomb, Kim Il Sung, Mount Agung explosion of Indonesia, President Johnson and president de Gaulle and French communist revolution... there has been also fictional characters (like Herbert Einstein). Overall it was an informative and sometimes funny book, but not a good book to listen instead of reading and gets confusing at some places. And sometimes it gets ridiculously unrealistic... ( )
  soontobefree | May 1, 2017 |
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 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jonas Jonassonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Černík, ZbyněkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RodTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bree, Corry vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuhn, WibkeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Podestà Heir, MargheritaTranslatorsecondary 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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