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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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Series: The One Hundred Year Old Man (1)

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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 healthâ??and tomorrow is his hundredth birthday. 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.Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed over two million people around the world.… (more)

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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
A very readable tale of a hundred year old man's life that parallels the major historical and political events of the 20th century. Understandably internationally acclaimed! ( )
  Dzaowan | Feb 15, 2024 |
Not what I expected. My kind of humor, too, just simple and sweet and a bit tongue in cheek. Amusing to see how they wove in the "behind the scenes" stories from history, and the characters, even the ones who are only alive for a few pages, are all hilarious and wonderful and surprisingly memorable. ( )
  Jenniferforjoy | Jan 29, 2024 |
Story: 2 / 10
Characters: 6
Setting: 6
Prose: 4

Another miserable contemporary novel. I had the idea to read a book with my girlfriend. Sadly, she chose this one. I stopped reading it at about page 200 to let her catch up. However, after a month she said I had to carry on and return the book to the library. In the end, I've had to suffer through this book alone.
As for the book itself, I have little to say. Adventure stories often lack direction. As a result, they don't always work for every reader. In this book, I dismissed the story as ridiculous when the suitcase contents are revealed (page 20?). The adventure became progressively more unbelievable after that. The writing style appropriately complemented the events, but did not appeal to me much either.
Cannot imagine the movie being much better...NOT RECOMMENDED! ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
A svéd Rejtő. Legalábbis ezt írják róla az ajánlóban. Valóban hasonlóan könnyed humorral megírt történet. Szellemes, szórakoztató, de egyáltalán nem letehetetlen. Nem lendül be egyszer csak úgy a cselekmény, hogy az ember fent marad hajnali négyig, még akkor is, ha reggel ébresztik a gyerekek, mert egyszerűen muszáj megtudni, mi lesz a vége. Rejtőnél, és ami azt illeti, Sophie Kinsellánál is így van, itt nem. Ugyanakkor igazi kikapcsolódás volt olvasni.

Az elején kissé nehezen indult, a szereplők sem lopták be magukat egyből a szívembe. Később azonban szerethető figurák lettek, de hiányozni nem fognak. A közös kalandok ellenére sem tudtam izgulni értük, vagy közel kerülni hozzájuk.

Az ötlet igazán eredeti: száz év magánéleti és világpolitikai eseményei pörögnek az egyik síkon, alig egy hónap aktuális eseményei a másikon. Azonban a váltogatás is úgy sikerült, hogy egyetlen egyszer éreztem azt, hogy tovább kell olvasnom, hogy megtudjam, mi történik.

A cím jó, bár emlegetni elég hosszú. Kellemes, könnyed szórakozás, de kissé távolságtartóan, érzelmi töltet nélkül. ( )
  blueisthenewpink | Jan 3, 2024 |
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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 hundreĂĄring 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 hĂĄp om at alle har en fremtid, ogsĂĄ hundreĂĄringer.
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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Jonas Jonassonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Černík, ZbyněkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berg, CarolineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RodTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brænne, TrondNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Breckwoldt, MarionSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Holonics, NicoSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Kuhn, WibkeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Redl, ChristianSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Renneisen, WalterSprechersecondary 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.
Dedication on first page: Ingen var bedre til at trykkebinde sine tilhørere end morfar, som han sad der på skrønebænken, lænet frem over stokken og med munden fuld af snus."Jamen ... passer det, morfar?" måbede vi børnebørn."Dem, der kuns siger noget, der passer, de er itt' værd å hør' på," svarede morfar.Denne bog er tilegnet ham.Jonas Jonassson
An extra thank you to Micke, Liza, Rixon, Maud and Uncle Hans.
- Jonas
Dedication on last page: En særlig tak til Micke, Lizza, Rixon, Maud og morbror Hans.
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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.
Man kan mene, at han burde have bestemt sig noget før, og at han burde have været mand for at meddele omgivelserne sin beslutning. Men det havde aldrig ligget til Allan Karlsson at gruble for længe over tingene.Altså nåede tanken kun lige at slå rod i den gamle mands hoved, før han åbnede vinduet til sit værelse i stueetagen på plejehjemmet i Malmköping i Sörmland og kravlede ud i bedet.
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Allan Karlsson to Prosecutor Ranelid: "You can never have too much clarity."
Det är som det är och det blir som det blir
-Allan Karlssons livsfilosofi
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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 healthâ??and tomorrow is his hundredth birthday. 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.Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed over two million people around the world.

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