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 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 alcohol consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey.
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, he has actually played a key role in them. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.
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A man named Allan flees his 100th birthday party at his retirement home. Through a string of convoluted, hilarious coincidences, he’s pulled into a wild adventure, including a stranger’s suitcase, an elephant ... and murder. In his giddy debut novel, Jonas Jonasson slowly reveals the details of Allan’s remarkable life—and his involvement in major historical events of the 20th century.
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.
I did not download this book, I have it in print, but I just want to say how amazing it is. It's a great book, the kind of book you just can't put down. I would have recommended it to my younger siblings, I was highly considering it all through the start, as they enjoy the random, funny, and slightly unbelievable storyline, and then they came to that lady who swore a lot and had an elephant who Benny falls in head over heels love with... Yeah, that part got me to frown a bit and reconsider my option of recommendations. The children in my family would highly enjoy the start, but would be not allowed to read the second half... Kind of a shame, because the book's so hard to put down. I love this book, but have two complaints:
The book has some content inappropriate for younger ages,
And the ending (to me) seemed rather bamboozling...
I really enjoyed it!
I don’t normally read this type of book, but had heard good things about it. I was not disappointed - a very enjoyable read!
A fun book
This was a preposterous but fun book to read. Forrest Gump in a different setting.