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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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ISBN13: 9781401324643
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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, 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.

Review:

"Jonasson's laugh-out-loud debut (a bestseller in Europe) reaches the U.S. three years after its Swedish publication, in Bradbury's pitch-perfect translation. The intricately plotted saga of Allan Karlsson begins when he escapes his retirement home on his 100th birthday by climbing out his bedroom window. After stealing a young punk's money-filled suitcase, he embarks on a wild adventure, and through a combination of wits, luck, and circumstance, ends up on the lam from both a smalltime criminal syndicate and the police. Jonasson moves deftly through Karlsson's life — from present to past and back again — recounting the fugitive centenarian's career as a demolitions expert and the myriad critical junctures of history, including the Spanish Civil War and the Manhattan Project, wherein Karlsson found himself an unwitting (and often influential) participant. 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. Agent: Anna Soler-Pont, Pontas Literary. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"[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

Review:

"Eccentric, unusual and far-fetched in the best possible way." The Bookseller

Review:

"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

Review:

"Imaginative, laugh-out-loud...a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind." The Telegraph

Review:

"A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing disgracefully." The Sunday Times (UK)

Review:

"The anti–Girl With the Dragon Tattoo....Jonasson's lighthearted novel shows the softer side of Sweden...hilarious." Marie Claire

Review:

"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

About the Author

Jonas Jonasson is a former journalist and media consultant. He lives in Sweden.

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felicia allen, July 9, 2014 (view all comments by felicia allen)
I don't think I have had so much fun reading a book before. Not only did the 100 year old man lead an interesting life, he also had an amazing adventure. The characters are well developed and relatable. I had to keep reading it to see what would happen next. This book is fun, exciting,and touches on some historical events. I would recommend this book, and have added it to my "must read again" list.
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Rachel Coker, April 4, 2014 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
Such fun! This fantastic novel blends crime, comedy and a spin through 20th century geopolitics. It reminded me a bit of the Woody Allen movie "Zelig" combined with the storytelling concept that makes "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" work. Bright writing and a clever plot held my attention all the way through. Highly recommended.
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njcur, August 29, 2013 (view all comments by njcur)
A delightful and crazy book! I received a free copy from Edelweiss and am very grateful for the gift. Reading it was a great vacation from everyday life. I agree with reviewers who likened parts of it to Forrest Gump only with vodka instead of chocolate. The story moves back and forth from telling the 100 year old man's life story to the present day escape through the window. All parts are full of laughs. Very satisfying ending. Fast and fun read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401324643
Author:
Jonasson, Jonas
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1875 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jonasson's laugh-out-loud debut (a bestseller in Europe) reaches the U.S. three years after its Swedish publication, in Bradbury's pitch-perfect translation. The intricately plotted saga of Allan Karlsson begins when he escapes his retirement home on his 100th birthday by climbing out his bedroom window. After stealing a young punk's money-filled suitcase, he embarks on a wild adventure, and through a combination of wits, luck, and circumstance, ends up on the lam from both a smalltime criminal syndicate and the police. Jonasson moves deftly through Karlsson's life — from present to past and back again — recounting the fugitive centenarian's career as a demolitions expert and the myriad critical junctures of history, including the Spanish Civil War and the Manhattan Project, wherein Karlsson found himself an unwitting (and often influential) participant. 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. Agent: Anna Soler-Pont, Pontas Literary. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "Eccentric, unusual and far-fetched in the best possible way."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Imaginative, laugh-out-loud...a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind."
"Review" by , "A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing disgracefully."
"Review" by , "The anti–Girl With the Dragon Tattoo....Jonasson's lighthearted novel shows the softer side of Sweden...hilarious."
"Review" by , "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."
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