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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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Published: 26th March 2014
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Product Description

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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The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
 
4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (5)
  • Well written (5)

Cons

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  • Travel reading (6)
  • Gift (5)
  • Older readers (3)
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    • Everyday reader (6), Bookworm (3)

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5.0

Everyone should read this for sheer fun

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from Canberra

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • One Of The Funniest Books

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    • Everyone
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    Comments about The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared:

    This is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. Laugh out loud funny and a truly satisfying read. No wonder it is a best seller - it deserves it. Would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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    4.0

    Interesting & grabbing

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    from bendigo

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Not What I expected

    Best Uses

    • Travel Reading

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

    Was interesting, wished i knew a bit more about history before reading it though.

     
    3.0

    Far fetched but entertaining

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    from Balmain, AU

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

      An entertaining light read, was always far fetched but got a little ridiculous the longer it went on, still all good fun, would recommend as a holiday read

       
      5.0

      Fantastic book

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      from Melbourne

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

        Great book, it has politics, history, novel and humor.
        Highly recommending this book.

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        5.0

        Was laughing so much

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        from Sydney

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        • Suspenseful
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          Comments about The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared:

          Amazing book and so well written - still laughing.

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          3.0

          Age knows no boundaries

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          from Forster, NSW

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          • Not What I expected

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

          It was bought as a book club read, was supposed to be funny I found it amusing maybe the laughter is lost in translation. But what a life he had

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          4.0

          Fun read

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          from Melbourne

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            4.0

            Laughed out loud, and still smiling

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            from malbourne au

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

                This goes to show that everyone has a story, if we have time to listen. Alan's story had me wanting to go back for more, yet not wanting it to be over. A great lesson in miscomunication and the disasters that can follow. In our world gone mad it is fitting that madness is displayed that we may be a bit more careful creating more of it. Could this be what 'steam punk' is about, as some tender old values triumph in a world of me, and now.
                Sent it to my daughter, an Aged Care Nurse, who found it a crack up story too.

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                4.0

                Totally Entertaining

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                from Cairns Au

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

                    Tongue in cheek ... a fun adventure

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                    ISBN: 9781743317938
                    ISBN-10: 174331793X
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 400
                    Published: 26th March 2014
                    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                    Country of Publication: AU
                    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.0
                    Weight (kg): 0.38
                    Edition Number: 1