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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.
Praise for The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the
Window and Disappeared:
"[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
"[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
--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Eccentric, unusual and far-fetched in the best possible
"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
"Imaginative, laugh-out-loud . . . a brilliant satire on the
foibles of mankind."
"A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about
--The Sunday Times
"[A] witty caper. ***1/2"
"The anti-Girl With the Dragon Tattoo . . . Jonasson''s
lighthearted novel shows the softer side of Sweden. . . .
"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."