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

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


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401324643
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 16,468
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jonas Jonasson is a former journalist and media consultant. He lives in Sweden.

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
TheRelentlessReader More than 1 year ago
Crazy, silly, sweet, quirky, hilarious. Every page in this book is action packed and you'll have no idea what is going to happen next. Go ahead and guess, you'll never be able to predict a damn thing. This was an absolute joy to was like listening to your funny drunken uncle trying to give a history lesson. Delightful! FYI, the book was originally rejected by firms in the U.K. and in the U.S. (Fools! Fools, I tell you!) Read this book. If you have to beg, borrow, or steal so! I'm serious...what are you waiting for? Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but it seemed to drag a bit at the end. There were some very funny parts. Written much like the movie Forrest Gump where the man is unaware how his interactions effect history.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
Minutes before a birthday party held in honor of his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of his room at the nursing home. He walks over to the train station, and with no plans in his mind, he simply keeps on moving, meeting some interesting characters along the way. Allan has an incredibly carefree, go-with-the-flow spirit. I was fascinated to read about his many adventures, both current and past. The story was quirky, funny, with bits of history speckled throughout. Allan is a 100-year-old world traveler, after all - that's a lot of history! Allan is completely apolitical, yet somehow ends up smack in the middle of a number of major events of the 20th century. He approached his visits to foreign countries, and his conversations with world leaders, with a refreshing sort of naïveté. His complete apathy toward political matters gives the reader a strangely fresh, open-minded perspective. I found myself laughing out loud at fictional scenes such as: "Mao Tse-tung, Kim Il Sung, and Marshal Meretskov discussed the matter [of Allan's vacation] among themselves. Cuba popped up as a possibility, and the gentlemen concluded that you could hardly imagine somewhere more capitalist." I feel the character of Allan taps into a hope and fear that many of us have likely mulled over. Is it possible to experience a high quality of life as we live our final years? Will we be able to live according to our own whims and desires, or will we be stuck obeying a scheduled life in a nursing home? Do people in nursing homes ever think about escaping? "Allan told the man that his name was Allan, that he was exactly one hundred years old and spry for his age, so spry in fact that he was on the run from the old age home." From that sentence on, I found myself cheering Allan as he ignored and broke the rules to follow his own desires. Good for him, going on the run like that. And what pluck, sneaking out the window only minutes before a birthday bash that included the mayor and the media! I was charmed by the great happiness Allan found through simple things such as good food and plenty of spirits: "Allan felt so comprehensively satisfied that he began to be almost afraid of dying." This is an entertaining read that is quick without feeling mindless. I can see myself reading it again in the future.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared is the first novel by Swedish journalist, media consultant, television producer and author, Jonas Jonasson. On the spur of the moment, Allan Karlsson resolves to skip his hundredth birthday party at the Malmkoping Old Folks’ Home, despite the presence of the Mayor and a cake. At the bus station, he decides to head out of town, but just before the bus arrives, he finds himself looking after a large grey suitcase on wheels. As Allan travels further and further from the Old Folks’ Home, he is gradually accumulates a band of well-intentioned followers (a hot-dog seller, red-headed divorcee, petty thief in his late sixties, hot-dog seller’s estranged half-brother, Alsatian dog and circus elephant) as well as some pursuers intent on getting a story, on malice or on prosecution (the members of a criminal gang, the police, a prosecutor and journalists). And as they travel, Allen, a seemingly unassuming man with a patent enthusiasm for explosives, relates the story of his long and interesting life, a life that involves worldwide travel, that includes encounters with various heads of state and famous people and that sees Allen experimented on, incarcerated, involved in a momentous discovery and recruited for espionage. There are plenty of laughs and “aha” moments as Allen manages to get himself into and out of some hair-raising situations, always working with the philosophy that “things are what they are, and whatever will be, will be.” This novel has deservedly won international acclaim and is translated from the original Swedish by Rod Bradbury. It is a riotous romp through many of the significant events and people of the twentieth century that is highly reminiscent of Forrest Gump: completely contrived and utterly delightful. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter found this and asked if I was the man. Ipicked it up , read it straight through. I am obviously not him, but don't I wish I were! A GREAT read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book based on a review from a friend. This is a GREAT book full of historical reference wrapped with wonderful wit and suspense at every turn waiting to see what would happen next. You leave feeling that life is not that bad and that whatever will happen will happen - based on the personality of the book's main character. A wonderfully uplifting and very funny story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a bizarre tale with a wonderful ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun & easy read full of unlikely coincidences. Great beach or holiday read.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
The Hundred-Year-Old Who Climbed Out Through the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is a fictional book which follows the adventures and mis-adventures of its protagonist. So far this book has been translated to 29 languages and has been a best seller in many countries. Allan Karlsson’s health is good, so good that to his dismay he is facing the horrors of putting up appearances for this 100th birthday. Leaving the mayor, the press, his friends and the bane of his existence – the nurse – behind, he escapes moments before the big celebration. When a young man asks Allan to keep an eye on his suitcase at the train station, the centenarian steals it and sets the ball rolling on a month long chase involving the police, the underworld and a handful of accomplices. Parallel to the escape, Allan’s long life is revealed to the reader. As it turned out, Allan is not just an old man with a suitcase, but one of the most influential persons to ever walk the face of the earth in the 20th Century. Alas, through the comedy of life, Allan is only remembered for his age. The Hundred-Year-Old Who Climbed Out Through the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is a hilarious romp through the 20th Century. The book is very enjoyable and doesn’t take itself seriously. The book’s characters focus on lampooning the espionage genre and parody the mystery/chase genres as well. The important people Allan Karlsson, the protagonist, has met and influenced (Truman, Churchill, Mao, Lenin and more) shines a light on their dark side rather than the pillars of world affairs we have built them to be. Allan’s contribution to the Manhattan Project doesn’t get bypassed either. While I did get the feeling that the book was very much influenced from Forrest Gump and/or Woody Allen’s Zelig. Allen Karlsson is the eternal optimist, half way through the book it is clear that nothing will happen to him, but it is how he gets out of trouble and his unbelievable luck and improbable coincidences which makes the book so entertaining and endearing. The characters are not as well defined as they could be, but I still enjoyed this book very much, especially since it doesn’t take itself seriously.
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After page 80 lost interest stopped reading it ,did not like the back and forth, did not think it was funny, very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read
leesclubhaarenjb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
being there/ the world according to garpaccumulation of inpropabilities/ easy to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not want it to end!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forrest Gump on steroids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining story, and an easy read I loved Allen, the main character. He is, at once, endearing and amusing. Read this. You won't be sorry!
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An amusing read.
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
This book was good, but not great. To begin with, it was very similar to Forrest Gump (the original book, not the movie) in the way that the main character Allan Karlsson tells the tale of his life where he travels the world, has all these adventures, invents things, meets all kinds of famous people including presidents and leaders of other countries where he sort of accidently helps them or even saves their lives. Unlike Forrest Gump however, it was not laugh-out-loud funny and there were boring stretches that were hard to slog through. So it was like a lame Forrest Gump--a "Forrest Gimp" if you will! The characters were likeable, and I did enjoy the way that they accidently and on purpose committed major crimes and kept blithely going on about their business. Also, despite the crimes, the book kept you pulling for the main characters and pleased when they would evade the police or when they were able to hide evidence of their crimes. I probably would have liked it better if it hadn't had such a buildup. It was very readable but just kind of a letdown.
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Clever. Funny. Brilliant! A journey through 100 years of world history through the eyes of an odd little man who "just happened" to be at the heart of many of the major events that occured. Definitely gives one hope that the twilight years can still hold adventure ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a book i couldn't but down. It is quite funny.
aravistarkana More than 1 year ago
Charming read! You will fall in love with Alan (the protagonist) along with the group of conspirators he picks up along the way.