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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 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.