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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (original 2009; edition 2012)

by Jonas Jonasson, Rod Bradbury

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Title:The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Authors:Jonas Jonasson
Other authors:Rod Bradbury
Info:Hesperus Press Limited
Collections:All owned, Your library
Tags:2009, fiction, *contemporary fiction, *humor, read 2013, check dimensions

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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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Tedious and silly. ( )
  MargaritaMorris | Oct 16, 2014 |
This was a lightweight read and did not feel especially deeply researched. It was quite enjoyable but didn't really go further than that. It's written in a fairly deadpan style as the 100 year old man capers through key events of the 20th century meeting world leaders, drinking a lot of vodka and blowing things up. In tandem is the present day story of his jumping out of the window and disappearing. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Oct 13, 2014 |
This is one of the funniest and most hilarious books that I've read in a long time. Following the adventures and misadventures of Allan Karlsson, the 100-year old man, is an enjoyable trip as he goes around the world in a series of encounters with most of the major leaders and key events of the 20th century. It's all fiction, of course, but truly enjoyable fiction. It's also, at the same time, a nice recap of 20th century world history. ( )
  xieouyang | Oct 12, 2014 |
The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared - pretty much wraps up the book. My friend started to ask me what it was about, saw the title, and was right "ah. I got it." But the question on everyone's lips - the director of the nursing home, the police, the media - is where did he go?

Alan Karlsson, previously mentioned One Hundred Year Old man, has had a remarkable life. A Swedish explosives expert, without religion or political design, who just liked to blow stuff up somehow got caught up in some of the biggest events over the last one hundred years. But now he is one hundred years old and his life is starting to feel a bit stagnant. So, while there is a whole party in his nursing home waiting for him, he decides to climb out his window in his slippers with only a little trouble, and sets off in a random direction, ending up at the bus station where he goes as far as fifty crowns will take him. Behind him he drags a stolen suitcase.

What begins is a crazy chase through Sweden involving the centenarian, a small gang called 'Never Again', a petty thief, a hot dog proprietor, an elephant, a swearing redhead, a dog, the police and the media, as well as tracking Allan's unbelievable life story up until the present moment. It's all a bit absurd but you won't find a more entertaining read. I was getting stared at on the train because I couldn't help but laugh out loud at some of the things to come out of Allan's mouth. Here is one man who singlehandedly influenced the most important events, that inadvertently shaped the future, and somehow floats between countries, embassies and just goes where the wind takes him. He meets some strange, wonderful and interesting characters along the way, and while the array of world leaders he dines with is impressive, the most interesting characters were those the 100 year old picks up along his runaway jaunt from the nursing home - although I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Herbert Einstein, Albert Einstein's unknown half brother. And if you think it's strange that a one hundred year old man would just climb out the window and wander away, wait until you read a little further into his history and you'll get it. You'll realise that he is exactly the type of man, one hundred years old or not, who would climb out the window when the time suited him, to escape a witch of a nursing home director and head back out into the world.

There's not really what I would call character development, and the plot development may strike you as bizarre or absurd, and you may, like me, wonder about the lack of "" marks, but nonetheless its an entertaining story and there are times when convention can be ignored.

Jonas Jonasson has delivered a fun-filled and comic adventure through world history and politics, led by a sweet and naïve Swede who had no idea what he was doing. For the readers who need something light, that they don't want to take too seriously, I would definitely recommend this. ( )
  crashmyparty | Oct 10, 2014 |
Amazon summary: After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).
It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky. ( )
  dalzan | Oct 6, 2014 |
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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)

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Černík, ZbyněkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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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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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