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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared [Kindle Edition]

Jonas Jonasson
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It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel-good book for all ages.

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'Imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller' The Telegraph

'Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny... Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir' The Guardian'

'A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing disgracefully' The Sunday Times

'We can't wait to finally escape into this feelgood tale' Stylist

'Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story' Aftonbladet, Sweden

'First-rate' Der Spiegel, Germany

'Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story' Germany 'Swedish black comic novel that reads like a road trip with Forrest Gump at the wheel', Netherlands --Reviews

'First-rate' --Der Spiegel, Germany

'Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story' Germany 'Swedish black comic novel that reads like a road trip with Forrest Gump at the wheel', Netherlands

About the Author

Jonas Jonasson was born in Sweden in 1962. He has a professional background as a journalist and media consultant. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is his first novel which Jonasson describes as 'an intelligent, very stupid book'. He is currently working on his second.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 485 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401324649
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd. (12 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843913720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843913726
  • ASIN: B008D30K7E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,663 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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120 of 126 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful romp of a novel 1 Sept. 2012
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Allan is a hundred years old today, but he doesn't want to stay around for his party in the home in which he is resident, so he climbs out of the window and escapes.

This is the start of Allan's journey (into perhaps a fourth age?), and he becomes involved with a variety of characters - some criminal, and some merely suspect - and is also involved in a several deaths along the way. All Allan really wants is somewhere to live, a bit of company and a plentiful supply of vodka, but he get a great deal more than he has bargained for as his adventures begin. The present-day narrative is interspersed with Allan's back story from his youth until the present, and he has led a very eventful life. His expertise in the field of explosives has led him round the world (sometimes accidentally), and he has come into contact with, among others, President Truman, Mao Tse Tung, and Stalin; all, again, accidentally. He has a charming, almost innocent approach to life, and is a most endearing character. While he has no interest whatsoever in politics, he somehow can't avoid becoming involved, and changes sides as fate dictates, with scant regard to his own safety.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable romp of a novel. What is particularly satisfying is that the humour (and at times, this novel is very funny indeed) translates beautfully from the Swedish, so full marks to the translator, who has done a wonderful job. My only (tiny) reservation would be that some of the descriptive passages are a little over-long, but I have no hesitation in recommending the book. I don't think anyone can fail to enjoy it.
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380 of 406 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This old man has all his marbles... 27 Aug. 2012
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I was completely blown away by this book. It brought to mind the early Tom Sharpe novels; irresistibly my mind kept floating away to a landscape peopled by eccentric old men, inefficient criminals, Peter Sellers in Pink Panther, all the caricatures of television farce.

I won't detail the plot, you can see that from the other reviews, and by reading the blurb, that it concerns an eccentric pensioner with attitude, with a life story to match, who holds one's attention all through the book. He needs his vodka and can't stand the thought of his Centenary party at the old people's home in which he has ended up where the Matron has been attempting to institutionalise him and take all the joy of choice from his life so, on a sudden whim, he hops out of the window and legs it to the bus station. The other sudden whim, nearly his undoing, was to then hop on the bus with someone else's suitcase, entrusted to him by the owner, who had popped into the loo. So the tale begins.

It is peopled by real political leaders acting in fairly unbelievable ways (at least, I hope they are !) and yet there is a warning message running through this book on several levels, the least of them being a warning not to take anyone too seriously. Especially leaders of countries, matrons of retirement homes, in fact, anyone in authority, whether voted in or not.

Some people won't like the way it goes from past to present, but when someone is one hundred years old, I am not sure there would be enough `present' to build the story on. And it is the past which is so interesting, from a world political point of view, to someone like me who hates anything historical and especially about war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Two of the most enjoyable aspects about reading novels are to come across very interesting works from smaller or specialist publishers, and to read books from debut authors that take the novel into new areas and which, undoubtedly, will lead to other writers trying to do something similar.

This first book by Jonas Jonasson, translated from the Swedish by Rod Bradbury, and published by Hesperus Press, a publisher that focuses on "unjustly neglected or simply unknown [works] in the English-speaking world" hits both targets.

There are two stories told in this book; firstly, the series of outrageous adventures that follow the escape of the centenarian, Allan Karlsson, from his Old People's Home, where alcohol is banned, in the town of Malmkoping shortly before the public celebration of his 100th birthday and, secondly, his equally interesting life story.

Born in 1905, the son of a railway worker and a mother who is a supporter of women's suffrage, Karlsson takes an early interest in chemical explosives, a subject which reappears through his life. This life takes in many of the momentous events of the century (including Los Alamos, the Korean and Cold Wars, the Paris Riots of 1956) and meetings with, amongst others, Franco, President Truman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Mao, Kim Il-Sung and his emotional son, Kim Jong Il (which is sure to undermine media reports of future 21st century North Korean belligerency), Beria and Stalin, Churchill and de Gaulle.

The book was gestating in the author's mind for so long that he must have considered many, many more events and people, and the ones he has finally included make a varied and interesting collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One to get
Really good read
Published 3 hours ago by eric e evans
5.0 out of 5 stars but after being recommended by a friend I thought I'd read it
This book is one of the funniest and cleverest book I've read in a long time. I'm not usually a fan of crime or fiction, but after being recommended by a friend I thought I'd read... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Ene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very silly story but it does touch on issues from the 20th century which is quite informative.
Published 1 day ago by Sylvia Haines
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Bobby M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I really enjoyed reading this quirky tale of Allan and his friends and can't wait for the movie to be released!!!
Published 2 days ago by Karen Ulph
5.0 out of 5 stars one of most entertaining read in a long time.
I loved his style and story writing .reminds me of a Hungarian author P Howard / Rejto Jeno 's style. You won't be able to put it down, nor stop laughing to yourself. Enjoy
Published 2 days ago by Hajdu Nóra
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read. Written well, although a tad far fetched overall. Would definitely recommend!
Published 2 days ago by OStevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful dry humour, and fantastically researched historically. Very original and highly recommended yarn.
Published 3 days ago by P. B
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Nice book,really, but on some parts a bit demanding, not my cup of tea.. overall happy to have read it
Published 3 days ago by alessandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very different and amusing read
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