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review 2018-12-16 12:11
Rezension: Der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster stieg und verschwand
Der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster stieg und verschwand: Roman - Jonas Jonasson

Titel: Der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster stieg und verschwand

Autor: Jonas Jonasson

Verlag: carl's books

Originaltitel: Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann


Klappentext: Allan Karlsson wird hundert Jahre alt. Eigentlich ein Grund zu feiern. Doch er steigt kurzerhand aus dem Fenster (im Erdgeschoss) und verschwindet (zum Bahnhof) - und schon bald steht das ganze Land wegen seiner Flucht auf dem Kopf.


Mein Fazit: Den einen Stern, den ich dem Buch gegeben habe, habe ich gewählt, weil ich das Buch abgebrochen habe. Ich bin mir sicher, dass es den richtigen Leser sehr viel Freude machen wird. Ich bin aber nicht dieser Leser. So richtig warm geworden bin ich mit der Geschichte nicht und so habe ich mich dazu entschieden, das Buch abzubrechen und vielleicht eines anzufangen, was mehr meine Lesebegeisterung anspricht. 

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text 2018-12-16 08:51
Reading progress update: I've read 85 out of 416 pages.
Der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster stieg und verschwand: Roman - Jonas Jonasson

An dieser Stelle werde ich dieses Buch abbrechen. Ich habe einfach festgestellt, dass es einfach kein Buch für mich ist.

Anfangs dachte ich noch, dass es besser werden würde. Das ist manchmal einfach so bei Büchern, dass man einfach erst mal warm mit Ihnen werden muss. Ich bin allerdings immer noch nicht warm mit diesem. Daher nun dieser Schritt.

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text 2018-12-12 17:17
24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 - Human Rights Day, Task 2 (70+ Year Old Characters)
Miss Marple Omnibus Vol. 1 - Agatha Christie
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens,Norman Page
The Final Solution - Michael Chabon

Admittedly fairly obvious choices, but anyway:


1. Miss Marple -- who may or may not have cracked 70 at the beginning of the series (The Murder at the Vicarage, 1930) but is an elderly lady even then and must have been over 90 by the time the last book about her was published, some 46 years later (Sleeping Murder).

2. Allan Karlsson -- the eponymous protagonist of The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.

3. Little Nell's Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop.


Honorary mention:


Sherlock Holmes -- who has retired and is keeping bees in the South Downs in The Final Solution, which is set in 1944.



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review 2018-06-20 15:45
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared - Rod Bradbury,Jonas Jonasson

What a tale!
There were moments throughout where I felt lost in a way. With the story flipping back and forth between then and now, it got a little confusing at times. Still, in the end, it was brilliant and I get it.
This is a story that has to be told the way it is for you to understand who the 100 year old man is, and how he came to climb out of his window. You needed to go back and forth between his life, moments he won't want to forget, and once you read, neither will you. His moments are incredible. That putting it mildly too.
Yup, truly a wonderful story.
Did I like it better than the other book I have read? No, but close.



Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2018/06/the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-out.html
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review 2018-03-27 19:35
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden - delightful but way too long
The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden - Jonas Jonasson,Rachel Wilson-Broyles

A delightful, surprising, silly, convoluted and humorous historical tale -- until it went on way too long.


Nombeko, the hero/main character, turns all bad things her way. She's smart, snarky and rather wonderful. She does some crazy things, but because it's a fantastical story, I was more than willing to follow along. From the most humble of beginnings in Soweto, Nombeko ends up with a pile of diamonds, then through some crazy accident she backtracks by getting somewhat enslaved (I suppose it's actually indentured servitude) to a stupid man who manufactures nuclear weapons. She's smarter than the man, so she gets the better end of that deal after a while, though she gets caught up with a couple of Mossad agents in the process. All of that takes her to Sweden, also rather accidentally. There she hooks up with a set of twins (Holger One and Holger Two -- it really is quite silly) who have a plan to liberate Sweden from royalty.


Needless to say, this doesn't sit well with our hero, who falls in love with the smarter of the twins. Their lives are intertwined irrevocably, so she and her Holger do their best to smother the murderous intentions of the other twin. Eventually all of this leads to the saving of the King of Sweden, among other international figureheads.


And that is where the story should have ended, but it didn't.


I was up for all of the previous plot, though it became less satisfying along the way. I could never have guessed what turns the plot would take, but the writing became repetitive. The tone stayed cheeky, the facts stayed wild, and after Nombeko had done so many amazing things, overcome entire intelligence agencies, court systems and arms manufacturers (not to mention apartheid,) and saved the King of Sweden, it just lost the luster. It all became the same, and that is decidedly not delightful.


And as for taking on race and class and all the other issues, it just doesn't. It uses these facts and history in service of a fun fairytale, but that's not the same as a good examination of the issues.


I have the other two books by this author - gifted to me by a friend who thought I'd adore them. I may eventually read them, but for now, I've had enough of this yarn.

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