"[A] witty caper. ***1/2" "People""
"[A] silly and wonderful novel. [The scenes] will just keep readers amused almost non-stop, and that's a feat few writers achieve. A great cure for the blues, especially for anyone who might feel bad about growing older." "Kirkus Reviews, Starred""
"The anti Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. . . Jonasson's lighthearted novel shows the softer side of Sweden. . . . hilarious." "Marie Claire""
"Scandi-crime's signature darkness is here dispelled by Allan Karlsson, the eponymous centenarian, who with unlikely sprightliness hops out of the window of his old people's home one afternoon . . . 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] laugh-out-loud debut . . . Historical figures like Mao's third wife, Vice President Truman, and Stalin appear, to great comic effect. Other characters-most notably Albert Einstein's hapless half-brother-are cleverly spun into the raucous yarn, and all help drive this gentle lampoon of procedurals and thrillers." "Publishers Weekly, Starred""
"A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing disgracefully." "The Sunday Times""
"Eccentric, unusual and far-fetched in the best possible way." "The Bookseller""
"This quirky novel is a sly, satirical look back at international relations in the 20th century through the eyes of an old man who has seen it all." "Library Journal""
"Imaginative, laugh-out-loud . . . a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind." "The Telegraph""