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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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Wildly entertaining book about about the centenarian who's met everyone and done everything (and blown some of it up). Read several hundred pages on airplane trip UK-USA; finished it in one go the next morning. A tale tall and satiric as Thomas Berger's "Little Big Man." ( )
  NatalieSW | Nov 22, 2014 |

I have every sympathy with anyone facing a ‘celebration’ they do not wish to celebrate, and who climbs out of the (ground floor) bedroom window to escape from it. Like [b:Water for Elephants|43641|Water for Elephants|Sara Gruen|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1404582050s/43641.jpg|3441236], the protagonist is an elderly man in an old people’s home where he does not wish to be. His spirit is unbowed, even if his legs aren’t as steady as they used to be. Unlike Water for Elephants, Allan Karlsson is not going to run away to a circus – instead he simply wants to go as far away as possible on a 50-krone note. Thus starts a bizarre sequence of events that, once you skip back through his life (which you do, in suitably digestible chunks), becomes totally in keeping with his extraordinary twists of fortune.

Since Allan is 100 years old, the chunks tracing his life start right back in the 1900s. It’s a life lesson for any teens agonising over their careers after their exams – you can have a successful and interesting career so long as you take the opportunities that come your way. Admittedly, the opportunities that Allan takes are somewhat crazier than most of us would face, but then we were not born in Sweden with a father who had the misfortune to fall out with the Bolsheviks just as the Communists took power in Russia. It’s enough to make anyone avoid politics forever, which is exactly what Allan does. Nevertheless he gets embroiled in one dangerous political situation after another – well, there was a lot going on between 1920 and 1990 in Europe and America… and Russia, Siberia, Korea, China, Japan and Iran, too. Allan manages to get into all the political and revolutionary hotspots.

In between the flashbacks we are treated to the police pursuit all over South Sweden after he does his disappearing act, and the crazy events that he's mixed up in.

The writing is dryly humorous, full of fun, yet absurd at the same time, with wonderfully rounded and somewhat inept characters. It’s rather like a Swedish Hitchhiker’s Guide to the 20th Century – it shoulod have Don’t Panic written helpfully on the back.

I absolutely loved it – with a slight sadness that I thought it dropped off at the end. But I still give it five stars – since I’d have given it six if I could.

It’s a bizarre, somewhat Nordic noir romp that I thoroughly recommend to adults who like something clean and off the wall with a smattering of wacky history thrown in. ( )
  Jemima_Pett | Nov 11, 2014 |
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 |
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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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Jonas Jonassonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Černík, ZbyněkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RodTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bree, Corry vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Podestà Heir, MargheritaTranslatorsecondary 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.
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- 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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