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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: 1st April 2014
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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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    5.0

    Was laughing so much

    By Larsen

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      Amazing book and so well written - still laughing.

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      3.0

      Age knows no boundaries

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      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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        4.0

        Laughed out loud, and still smiling

        By teddo

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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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                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: 1st April 2014
                Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.0
                Weight (kg): 0.38
                Edition Number: 1