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

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

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After a long and eventful life Allan Karlsson is moved to a nursing home to await the inevitable. But his health refuses to fail and as his 100th birthday looms a huge party is planned. Allan wants no part of it and decides to climb out the window...

Charming and funny; a European publishing phenomenon.


Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving a suitcase full of cash, a few thugs, a very friendly hot-dog stand operator, a few deaths, an elephant and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed. A life in which - remarkably - he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a charming, warm and funny novel, beautifully woven with history and politics.

About the Author

Jonas Jonasson was born in Sweden in 1962. A former journalist and media consultant, he is now writing his second novel.

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4.0

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

    Really clever story - then versus now. Interesting weave of historical characters through the timelines. Makes you think about the aged around you and the lives they had. Just because they are old doesn't mean they have lost any of their character quirks or intent! It would be great if just half of what happened in the story could be true - I had a giggle at many of the historical scenarios. It was a "happy sad" sort of book!

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    5.0

    Fabulous

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      Best Book Ever

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

        Who would have thought a 100 year old man could have such fun. Book was well written and kept reader interested from start to finish. Difficult to put down. Well worth reading a second and third time.

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        4.0

        funny book

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

          wryly humourous after the style of Victor Borge.

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          4.0

          I loved this book !!!

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

            The plot is quite unbelievable, reminiscent of Forrest Gump, but a rollicking good read. Laugh out loud at times, this book was really entertaining !

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            5.0

            Charming, sharp and inventive

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

              This quirky, funny and clever novel follows the present and past adventures of the endearing Swedish centenarian, Allan Karlsson. The intertwining past and present narratives work wonderfully to create a picture of Allan's incredible life and somehow, despite the preposterous connections and unlikely predicaments, it is a journey that seems perfectly plausible.

              Translated from the author's native Swedish, the writer's voice has a unique tone that works beautifully with the black humor and wry observation in this novel. The pace is excellent as Jonasson skillfully blends historical fact with fanciful fiction, eccentric comedy with social commentary.

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              ISBN: 9781743311271
              ISBN-10: 1743311273
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 400
              Published: 1st October 2012
              Publisher: Allen & Unwin
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.0
              Weight (kg): 0.5
              Edition Number: 1