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

Not many one hundred year olds want to celebrate with a party and Allan Karlsson is no exception. He doesn't want to settle down with his pipe and slippers either. Allan has ended up in a nursing home and is a bit unhappy about the extent to which this fact controls his daily consumption of vodka and so donning his slippers and thankfully a pair of pyjamas, he climbs out of his window and into a world of adventures. It is through his post centenarian adventures that the story of his amazing life emerges as he describes, in a rather understated way, to new friends. His new friends (and some unsavoury acquaintances) have stories of their own, including how a young man happens to have left him with a suitcase stash of cash; a hot-dog merchant; and an elephant owner. Fascinated by Allans tales of meeting Mao, Stalin, Churchill and Truman, enduring friendships are made possible but who gets the money. You will have to read to find out?Read More

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  • Anonymous17 January 2018

    I really enjoy the narrative and the protagonist character. The idea of telling key moments of global history through the experience of an unassuming 100 year old man really worked for me, although some may think it became a little corny that he happened to meet all the major political influences. There were a editorial lapses but this may have been related to translation from Swedish to English. It didn't spoil the experience. However, Although I respected Karlsson, it is interesting that I didnt particularly like his character but it did make me think that he has some recognisable traits to people I know who have made it to their one hundredth year, including the need for a daily tipple of their favourite spirit and an inability to be inactive.

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    First published: New York: Hyperion, 2012.

  • 1401324649
  • 9781401324643
  • Jonas Jonasson
  • 11 September 2012
  • Hachette Books
  • Paperback (Book)
  • 400
  • Original

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