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Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by [Jonasson, Jonas]
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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' NU.nl, 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' --NU.nl, Netherlands

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The international bestselling sensation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd. (10 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843913720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843913726
  • ASIN: B008D30K7E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9,588 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a very good read. However, I had seen the Blu-ray DVD before reading the book and, according to some opinion, this was not the best way of approaching the story. The DVD was worth watching and carried the plot of the book quite satisfactorily, without containing the detail that made the book even more enjoyable.
Still, the wealth of events narrated in the story stimulated both the read and the view so that, for me, the one complimented the other. A somewhat ingenuous plot that, nevertheless, and despite its wide compass, managed to persuade. Perhaps the sheer unlikelihood of the events actually happening (outside of a virtual reality) made the plot lines more attractive. So too, treating the novel as a fantasy-comedy made it more approachable - this was acknowledged on the cover of the book where it state: "And so begins his (Alan's) picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash and incompetent police".
In the development of the story lines, numerous references are made to the "momentous events of the 20th century", as the main character, Alan, goes from one escapade to another. His one room occupancy in an old people's home is a far cry from the Kremlin, various world consulates, exotic countries and the personal reality that his character experiences.
The story is a tribute to the imagination of the book's author, Jonas Jonasson, as well as presenting the more humorous side of Scandinavian productions, for, while the situations in which Alan finds himself are often dramatic, the seriousness of them is always tempered by charm, wit, a sunny disposition and the story's nimble continuity. This book well-deserves its word-by-mouth reputation. The DVD will reward viewing and will provide an image that might fail the imagination of the reader - but read the book first if possible.
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Hilarious, strange and over the top, 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared' is superb. The book follows the riveting adventures of the 100 Year Old Man (Alan), Including a resourceful Hot Dog Vendor, a petty thief, a gang and an elephant. What makes this story so engaging is the bizarre, funny and down right ridiculous plot, from dead bodies to 80 million swedish crowns. This book also follows Alan's life prior to escaping from the Old Folks Home, describing his coincidental importance in the 20th century, from saving General Franco's life to escaping a Vladivostok camp with Einsteins unintelligent half brother after insulting Josef Stalin. This book is really about adventure, how one is never too old to have one and the Value of life. It is well translated and is fluent and exciting in terms of writing style. This book is a must read!
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2017
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I am a bit late coming to this book as it seemed to have been recommended to me by everyone I know but I am glad that I made the effort. It was not quite what I expected - although I am not sure what I actually did expect.

The story is about an old man who climbs out of the window of his care home and escapes via train. He becomes involved with criminals and other people whilst the book also looks back at his very eventful life where he seems to have been at the heart of some major world events and to have known some influential people. The message of the book is that no one is too old to really live and that the older people we see may have had more exciting lives than we can imagine. When you are reading the book you really don't have any idea what is going to happen next and the author moves the story quickly from one situation to another many of which are very funny. The book is written in a light-hearted, matter of fact manner which is a real contrast to the content and helps to make it quirky and unusual.

I did have just a slight concern that the style of the book meant that death and injury to characters was rather ignored or at least little time was given to the impact of it. The same rather applied to the many criminal acts which take place. You need not to let this bother you and read the book as a sort of modern fairytale and then you need to heed the message and regard older people in a different way in future.
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If there were a way to give it 3.5 stars I would. I didn't dislike it but neither did I find much to employ many superlatives about either. While the story takes you along gently, it isn't too far into the book before the amoral (if polite) behaviour of the characters feels a little uncomfortable. Even if excused by events, the overall attitudes and morals of each of the ensemble are a llttle uncomfortable. The Forrest Gump style timelines of the centenarian prior to this, while amusing, only add fuel to this fire and makes him a rather unsympathetic anti-hero.

That said, the book rolls along in a comedy of manners and is well written. I cannot comment on the translation, not being Swedish by birth but there is not the usual discomfort involved in reading when this is poorly done. If you want a book that, while dubious in its moral standpoint, is entertaining, and in many ways, educating, then this will do. However if you want to be able to identify with the characters, that may be a little harder.

I did enjoy reading this although I admit to having skipped towards the end where the plot became too outlandish but was satisfied with having read it. It certainly won't be in my 'read again' list but it also wasn't time wasted.
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