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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

Paperback Published: 26th March 2014
ISBN: 9781743317938
Number Of Pages: 400

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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.

Very enjoyble, light read

5

Quite an adventure story with never a dull moment.

Austrlalia

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Good resad

4

Unusual, interesting read. Funny

Melbourne, Australia

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Everyone should read this for sheer fun

5

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.

Canberra

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Interesting & grabbing

4

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

bendigo

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Far fetched but entertaining

3

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

Balmain, AU

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Fantastic book

5

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

Melbourne

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Was laughing so much

5

Amazing book and so well written - still laughing.

Sydney

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Age knows no boundaries

3

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 hadđź‘Ť

Forster, NSW

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Fun read

4

Quirky

Melbourne

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Laughed out loud, and still smiling

4

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.

malbourne au

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

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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): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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