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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

by Jonas Jonasson

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | August 20, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared is rated 3.9032 out of 5 by 31.

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 himselfinvolved 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.25 × 5.75 × 0.9 in

Published: August 20, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443419109

ISBN - 13: 9781443419109

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from In Praise of Tough Reads I read Zadie Smith?s ?NW? immediately after finishing Jonas Jonasson?s ?The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.? The juxtaposition taught me something about my reading proclivities: I prefer books and authors that make me work. Zadie Smith made me work. It was sometimes difficult to sort out the connection amongst the constellation of characters in ?NW.? Standard formatting devices such as quotation marks around speech were often eschewed blurring the line between what was spoken out loud and what was internal monologue. The four parts of the novel were each structured differently: the first, ?visitation,? had a typical format of numbered chapters; the second, ?guest,? used borough designations to set off the chapters; the third and longest part, ?host,? numbered not the chapters but each individual paragraph; and finally the fourth, reprised the title ?visitation? and was essentially one relatively short chapter. But more challenging than these structural variations were the difficulties that I experienced in following the characters? evolutions with the at-times convoluted plot. I had to be constantly attentive. I needed to reread sections or flip back to previous chapters. I did a great deal of highlighting of passages that I thought would help me follow the storyline. And, bottom line, I was totally engaged. ?NW? was not a fun, easy read. It was, by contrast, difficult. And I loved it. Like a great workout at the gym, Zadie Smith had the adrenalin pumping through my brain. And that left me satisfied in the same way that a rush of endorphins does. As for ?The 100-Year-Old Man?,? it?s probably sacrilege to say that I was bored. I know that the book has been immensely popular, as are others by Jonasson. And, truth be told, I wasn?t exactly bored. It was a fun story told by Jonasson with such an entertaining narrative style that the book carried me along effortlessly. Which is not to say that Jonasson?s writing is effortless. As a struggling fiction writer myself, I know how hard it is to write a text that has the fluidity of Jonasson?s work. But as for visceral satisfaction? For me, ?The 100-Year-Old Man?? doesn?t come close to ?NW.?
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply marvelous What a great book, so funny, leaves you interested from page one. The escapades are crazy, the gang of comrades keeps growing and the story gets funnier. Absolutely loved it and as someone else wrote, I too was sad when it ended.
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLE BOOK I really loved this book and I was sad when it was done. If you read one book this year, this has to be it.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your time Wow, this was such a bad book. I kept waiting for it to get better....but it didn't. I don't wish to waste anymore time on this horrible book so I'll leave it at that.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The 100 Year old Man who told a horrible story In order to get through the book one has to have a certain level of knowledge about past and current world events. However, if you are too familiar the book is annoying and not at all funny. I suffered through it waiting for the story to improve but was disappointed when the story simply ended. Would I recommend this novel: only too someone I do not like. 
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 100year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared. Just about done the book.It has been delightful.Easy read,lots of fun.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 100 Year Old Man who climbed out the window What a great easy read! Definitely entertaining, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the events in this 100 year old man's journey. The history may not be very accurate in this book, but it is a fun read. It opens a window into a simple mind and it made me realize that we over complicate things; life is best enjoyed with simple pleasures. Once I started to read it I could not put it down it takes unpredictable turns and kept me yearning for more adventures. Overall a great read!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The ramblings ... I cannot recommend this book. It was on the best seller list for so long I decided it must be worth a try. Unfortunately this is a miss. The 100-year old man rambles on and on to little end, and it became obnoxious for both the reader, and for other characters in the book. I ordinarily enjoy a book told in flashback (or rather jumping around in time) but the flashbacks in this book told of unfathomable "adventures" that just weren't believable. It might have been more interesting if we were to question whether the "adventures" were a figment of an aged-imagination, but the author didn't foster this option. At the end of the day, this 100-year old man climbed out the window because he has a cavalier views and a laissez-faire approach to life ... sadly, neither were terribly interesting and I was keen for his "adventure" to end.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adventure at its best I love adventure. This book takes you on a life time of adventure. The twists and turns are unexpected, sometimes too far fetched. I was entertained. Its a great book for a trip. You cannot put it down or until the last twist unravels. Full of surprises. A delight.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Swedish Forrest Gump I read this book for the book club I go to. This was a Forrest Gump for centenarians. Allan Karlsson travelled the world, by choice and by accident, and met some of the most famous world leaders of the time. It does take a leap of faith to believe that this could happen, but that is what makes the story fun. I liked the lead character. I liked his happy go lucky approach to life and the adventures it brought. I felt his character was developed. I did not feel a lot of empathy for him. I knew he would make it through any problem he faced. He did live to a hundred. The other fictional characters were develped enough to help the story along. This is a black comedy. How else do you describe a story that makes you laugh at someone, actually several people, dying. We shouldn't laugh at it, but dying because an elephant sat on you is funny. Although the author did take some liberties with history. And that is okay is a comedy, one error caught my attention. The author mentions the Americans us B52 bombers in the second world war. The B52's did not come into service until the 1950's. That is my nitpicker point for today. I really enjoyed this book. It was good for a laugh.
Date published: 2014-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared Very clever how the author brought history throughout out book and kept a thread between these events. Very funny and great for any age over 14 and any gender. I would love to see high schools pick this book for english and have the students write an essay on some of the events in the book and what actually happened.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Funny This is a hilarious and entertaining story. The author has a very quirky sense of humour! I would read another book by him. Loved it!!
Date published: 2013-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT This book was hilarious and so witty, making me laugh many times.  Yes, I do agree that the amount of world-changing events that Allan was a part of is a bit much, but that's the fun of the book.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining just don't take it seriously I found this book very entertaining as long as you don't read into the details too far. It is quite far fetched as far as the details go but as far as the story line goes there are some very funny things that happen that you can see as believable.
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Most boring book I saw this book read the reviews and thought it would be good but I was so bored reading this, I found myself flipping past the parts of his "adventures" and focusing more on the crime. I eventually got so bored I gave this to a coworker to read and she said the same thing. My mother bought a copy and she couldn't get through it either. It was a waste of time. If I could give half of the 1 start I would have.
Date published: 2013-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I LOVED this book. It's a totally quirky, silly story, but so much fun!
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell Short I really wanted to like this book. I had read reviews that said the book was fun, funny, dark and fascinating. Frankly, it fell way short of expectations. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson started out with great enthusiasm. Main character Allan Karlsson is in a retirement home, waiting for his 100th birthday party to start when he decides he’s had enough there, climbs out the window and seemingly disappears. The trouble Karlsson comes across on his travels to “escape” the retirement home is amusing and interesting. It’s the parts in between that irked me. Maybe it’s because I’m a history geek and am well-versed in 20th century history, but every time the author told a story of Karlsson’s life from his twenties until right before he moved into the retirement home, I’d just get more annoyed. Throughout the book Karlsson meets, interacts and in some way impacts every major political leader of the 20th century. From Franco in Spain, to Oppenheimer and the A-bomb, to numerous US presidents, all the way to helping the fall of Communism, Karlsson’s life was rife with political interactions, despite his immense dislike of politics. I found the author was trying to accomplish what Forrest Gump had but lacked the wit and cleverness that the movie had. Where Forrest Gump’s interactions with historical events were subtle, Jonasson hits you over the head with Karlsson’s impact on events repeatedly as if the reader isn’t intelligent enough to understand what was happening. It was very frustrating. I found myself struggling to get through the book.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated out of 5 by from Wonderfully entertaining book. My kind of humour. Loved it.
Date published: 2013-08-05
Rated out of 5 by from It is definitely my favourite book the year. Stop reading this and buy it. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2013-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it ! Crazy story...very entertaining. Loved the characters Didn't want it to end. The best book I've read this year by far !
Date published: 2013-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully insane story What an original context. The author did a superb job; what a story teller. An absolute must read for everyone. The more laid back you are the longer you live, or so it appears. Just crazy; I loved it.
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book is an excellent read. The writer has you from the moment you start reading. When you put it down at night you want to start reading the next day. I read every word and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that asks about the book. Enjoy!
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why??? Ok, I heard so much about this book, I bought 2 copies one for me and one as a gift. It started out promising--first 10 pages and then I was TOTALLY lost. I don't know why it's gotten such great reviews?? I found I didn't connect with the characters at all and found the book very boring as I got further into it. Unfortunately, I didn't even finish reading it....hate it when that happens. Sorry, wasn't for me at all.
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as Funny This is really two books in one. There is the story of Alan who leaves his nursing home and gets into a series of adventures. This story was amusing, and in some spots almost good slapstick. The other story--his past--which has been likened to Forest Gump, I found tedious. I did not see the movie since the theme did not appeal to me, and I think it was way overdone here. I must admit that the book was quite readable, and I did enjoy some of the ways in which various historical characters were portrayed. But I did not like it as much as many other people.
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weird and entertaining Alan is in a nursing home, destined, it seems, to live out the rest of his days sober and eating unidentifiable mush with the rest of the old geezers, as ordered by Nurse Alice. But Alan's not the type to be told what to do (or to stay sober). So he leaves. The fact that he's 100 years old is of no concern to Alan. The book switches back and forth between two story lines: Alan's past (his long and strange history) and his present (running away from the nursing home). Alan has a gift for getting into trouble and talking himself out of them. Along the way he encounters a long list of famous 20th century leaders, and an assortment of thiefs, oddballs, gangsters, hermits, crooks and weirdos. In this book there is an elephant, watermelons, presidents, railroad carts, Bibles, a yellow Volkswagon bus, murders (some intentional, others not), inumerable explosions and lots of alcohol (preference given to vodka). Eventually the two story lines intersect and by then the reader is completely engrossed in Alan's story. Quite the adventure.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Great Story! While worried that something would get lost in translation from the original Swedish text, this book delivers the goods. A funny, smart romp through the history-bending life of our senior citizen anti-hero with a cast of full of crazy characters infused with witty dialogue. This book is definitely worthy of its praise and totally enjoyable. Now who said Swedes were low key?
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful This book was a great read. It was funny and, perhaps somewhat silly. but refreshing in it's style. I found it hard to put down.
Date published: 2013-03-10
Rated out of 5 by from Interesting!
Date published: 2013-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book CLub GEM I cannot say enough good things about this story. It is funny and clever. I am not an expert on world history but I had NO problems piecing together all of the amazing things that Alan has done in his very long life. Somewhat of a commentary on how the elderly are treated in society but mostly an easy to read, old fashioned adventure with the oldest hero ever. The cast of characters is just incredible.The lesson that I learned is that if you are easy going and open minded, whatever you need will be there. And you will be be exactly where you need to be, always!
Date published: 2013-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light reading to put a smile on your face Well written, captivating story with totally unpredictable plot and lovable characters. If your are looking for a smile and entertainment this book has it. There are many places where you just can't put the book down - you have to see what happens next. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lot of Fun! The Swedish authors are on a roll. This is a very different story about a man who flees his retirement home on his100th birthday. The adventure starts right way when the centenarian steals a suitcase at the train station and makes his getaway. The best part of the story involve his accomplices and the quirky situtations they find themselve in. The story got a bit slow when delving into his unique past. Overall a very fun read .
Date published: 2012-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The 100-Year-Old Man I can't remember the last time I had this much fun reading a book. You want suspense? This book has it. You never know what's going to happen: "Well, now you can see how sensible it is not to start your day by guessing what might happen . . .. After all, how long would I have had to go on guessing before I guessed this?" You want humour? This book has it. The story is rich in irony and understatement: "Even if you're well bundled up, it is bold to cross the Himalayas with only the help of a homemade map of the world and a compass." You want a fun romp through history? Boy, does this book have it. The lovable 100-year-old protagonist journeys through the major news events of the 20th Century. Along the way he solves some rather large problems, but creates some doozies, too: "It is better not to have two murder organizations on your heels." Allan Emmanuel Karlsson teaches us that if you want to give your life a new direction, sometimes you have to climb out the window. On the morning of his 100th birthday, he decides that a nursing home is no place for an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka and an aversion to politics. He escapes the clutches of Director Alice and climbs out his window. Wearing a suit and his bedroom slippers, he embarks on a grand adventure. In a way that is entirely charming and soul-stirringly inspirational, Allan doesn't try to direct his life, but let's life happen to him. He marvels with childlike curiosity at each new twist and turn. ". . . it was what it was, and that thereafter whatever will be will be." And he never meets a hurdle he cannot overcome: "He considered the matter so intently that the stone wall in front of his eyes seemed to shrink. And when it was at its very lowest, Allan crept over it, age and knees be damned." This book is entertaining, literary and suspenseful. Great fun.
Date published: 2012-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A presumably innocent adventure with vodka, explosives and a suitcase I really enjoyed The 100-Year-Old Man. It was cute and innocent at times and then you find out that Allan isn't quite so innocent. He's lived a long, full life and even influenced a few historic events. Just like the back cover suggests, it's a bit Forest Gumpy in that way. I also enjoy books which are set mostly outside of North America and since this book was originally written in Swedish it should come as no surprise that Allan and the gang go through a little adventure in Sweden.
Date published: 2012-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique story! This book about an old man who still has adventure in his soul, is told exceedingly well. Jonasson writes so convincingly that an improbable life story becomes very believeable. While pursuing a rather shocking exploit, the man retells the amazing history he's already lived...harrowing, heroic, littered with most of the great leaders of the past hundred years, and hugely funny in several places. Very different than anything I've read lately and well done!
Date published: 2012-10-04

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

by Jonas Jonasson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.25 × 5.75 × 0.9 in

Published: August 20, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443419109

ISBN - 13: 9781443419109

From the Publisher

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 himselfinvolved 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.

About the Author

JONAS JONASSON is a former journalist and media consultant. He lives in Sweden. Visit him at www.jonasjonasson.com or on Facebook.

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