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

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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.
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The international publishing sensation--over six million copies sold worldwide!

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.
 

About Jonas Jonasson

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Jonas Jonasson is a former journalist and media consultant. He lives in Sweden.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Hachette Books. 396 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Aug 02 2012

Looking back, it seems there are no hilarious, roll-on-the-floor-laughing scenes. They will just keep readers amused almost nonstop, and that’s a feat few writers achieve.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Jane Housham on Jul 24 2012

Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 16 2012

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.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Jane Krebs on Oct 26 2012

In his first novel, Jonas Jonasson has created a very entertaining adventure revolving around some of the major international events of the 20th century, many involving espionage and awesome mayhem.

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City Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Tammy McCartney on Sep 07 2012

His easygoing nature, kindness, and abundance of luck allow him to escape unscathed from a wide array of tricky situations. They also keep the reader laughing and waiting for the next unlikely mishap to unfold.

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The Coast

Good
on Oct 05 2012

His background in journalism and media consulting shows not only in his favouring of political and historical themes; The One-Hundred-Year-Old Man is an uncommonly confident and engaging first work of fiction.

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Arts Fuse

Excellent
Reviewed by Roberta Silman on Feb 06 2013

By the end, we are not tired but exhilarated. Both humor and true creativity are alive and well in the twenty-first century.

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