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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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Published: 11th September 2012
For Ages: 18+ years old
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The international publishing sensation--over two million copies sold

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it's not too late to start over...

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 and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

Jonas Jonasson is a former journalist and media consultant. He lives in Sweden.

Praise for The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared:

"[A] silly and wonderful novel. [The scenes] will just keep readers amused almost non-stop, and that's a feat few writers achieve. A great cure for the blues, especially for anyone who might feel bad about growing older."
--Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"[A] laugh-out-loud debut . . . Historical figures like Mao's third wife, Vice President Truman, and Stalin appear, to great comic effect. Other characters--most notably Albert Einstein's hapless half-brother--are cleverly spun into the raucous yarn, and all help drive this gentle lampoon of procedurals and thrillers."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Eccentric, unusual and far-fetched in the best possible way."
--The Bookseller

"Scandi-crime's signature darkness is here dispelled by Allan Karlsson, the eponymous centenarian, who with unlikely sprightliness hops out of the window of his old people's home one afternoon . . . Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny . . . Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir."
--The Guardian

"Imaginative, laugh-out-loud . . . a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind."
--The Telegraph

"A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing disgracefully."
--The Sunday Times

"[A] witty caper. ***1/2"
--People

"The anti-Girl With the Dragon Tattoo . . . Jonasson's lighthearted novel shows the softer side of Sweden. . . . hilarious."
--Marie Claire

"This quirky novel is a sly, satirical look back at international relations in the 20th century through the eyes of an old man who has seen it all."
--Library Journal

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    5.0

    Move over Forrest Gump

    By Noel the Nutter

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      Comments about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared:

      This story had me laughing from the beginning. I then persuaded my wife to read it at the same time. It was a glorious three weeks of great belly laughs and saying "Wasn't it funny when...."
      I bought it on a whim because of the unusual title but was not disappointed. The comic scenes felt like you were watching a slapstick comedy of the Abbott and Costello era. I loved it so much, I bought this copy to give away so someone else can have fun.

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      5.0

      Entertaining!!!

      By Ves

      from Sydney, AU

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        Comments about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared:

        Wonderfull, witty and well written. Dangerous to read in public - cant help to laugh out loud!!Can't wait to read his next book

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        4.0

        Great book, not to be taken to seriously

        By Mels

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          Comments about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared:

          In a book club and this book was selected for us to read-found it very interesting.

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          4.0

          Charming and Entertaining

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              Comments about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared:

              Charming little book giving mind to what it is like to be old with a life well lived! A little Forest Gump ...

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              4.0

              Must Read

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                  Comments about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared:

                  I was apprehensive about this book only because of the comparison to Forest Gump, of which I was not a fan. However, my Mum recommended 100 Year old Man to me so I couldn't say no. I loved all of the characters, I love the way the author writes and it was fun and engaging! I see where the obvious comparison to FG, but this story is much more fun and I didn't care whether or not the parts of Alan's life seemed unbelievable. I thoroghly wrapped myself around his journey!

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                  "Imaginative, laugh-out-loud . . . a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind." "The Telegraph""

                  ISBN: 9781401324643
                  ISBN-10: 1401324649
                  Audience: General
                  For Ages: 18+ years old
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 400
                  Published: 11th September 2012
                  Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.2  x 2.8
                  Weight (kg): 0.34