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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
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The international publishing sensation--over two million copies sold A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over... After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home,... show more
The international publishing sensation--over two million copies sold A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over... After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant). It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world. Jonas Jonasson is a former journalist and media consultant. He lives in Sweden.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781401324643 (1401324649)
ASIN: 1401324649
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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Hanne, reading on Cloud 9
Hanne, reading on Cloud 9 rated it
3.0 Review: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Bonkers, complete mad, cuckoo, crazy, mental, wacky, moonstruck… As the protagonist in this book remarks himself: there’s only a subtle difference between madness and genius. “Allan admitted that the difference between madness and genius was subtle, and that he couldn’t with certainty say which i...
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4.0 The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
My biggest takeaway from this book is that all white men are capable of murder, especially the harmless-looking ones.
Kate says
Kate says rated it
4.5 100 Year Old Man with Big Guts and Quite a Life Story
The saying There's nothing pleasant about old age can change its meaning if you have so many adventures and luck as Allan is his 100-year life. His life story is such increadible that it seems that it could acctually happen! What we experience is a world history lesson seen and told by Allan in a sa...
Words of a Bibliophile
Words of a Bibliophile rated it
2.5 The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
In this improbable dark comedy, the titular 100-year-old man has a history of being at the center of and even influencing historical events. Some parts of the book are quite funny, but the writing (or translation) style can be tedious to go through due to its propensity for long-winded indirect spee...
A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall rated it
5.0
Minutes before a birthday party held in honor of his 100th birthday, the main character, Allan Karlsson, climbs out the window of his room at the nursing home. He walks over to the train station, and with no plans in his mind, he simply keeps on moving, meeting some interesting characters along the ...
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