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The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2009)

by Jonas Jonasson

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Completely unbelievable and made me laugh. Makes me think of Mr. Magic who would be capable of developing an atomic bomb and being in situations and getting out of it, knowing world leaders and traveling with an elephant, killing someone accidentally and somehow getting away with it. ( )
  jnetnoe | May 8, 2018 |
What a fun book! A comedy-of-errors with a Sweedish centenarian at the heart of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the flashbacks and learning what had happened in the first 100 years of Allan's life. I laughed out loud several times. If you enjoyed "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman or "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce, you should give this one a try. ( )
  wanderinglynn | Mar 22, 2018 |
This was a picaresque romp through 20th century history with a framing plot of 100-year old Allan Karlsson escaping his Swedish nursing home to duck out on the confining limitations of the planned celebration and then telling his back-story to the friends he makes on his journey. The back-story covers his meetings with various politicians and tyrants throughout the century with Allan often influencing past historical events in a simplistic Chauncy Gardner (of Being There) or Forrest Gump sort of way. Karlsson is not actually simple or savant-like, but his only real talent is blowing things up and his main compelling desire seems to be a quest for vodka. ( )
  alanteder | Mar 14, 2018 |
Naljakas. Meenutab huumorilt Forrest Gumpi. Peategelane kohtub terve rea maailmakuulsate isikutega, kelle olulisus tema elus ei ole sama, mis nende olulisus maailmale. ( )
  stiina.sild | Mar 10, 2018 |
This was a nice, whimsical read. However, I don't think I have enough knowledge of 20th century political history to be able to fully appreciate this. Not really for me, but I see why others enjoy it. ( )
  annhepburn | Mar 4, 2018 |
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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
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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 inform his surroundings 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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