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).
Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed over 2 million people around the world.
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I enjoyed the story and liked the way we got Alan's history along with the current 100 year old adventure.
This was recommended to me as a very funny book, but I didn't find much humour in it.....still it is fun and kind of quirky. As mentioned by several reviews, there is a strong similarity to Forrest Gump in that Allan (the 100 year old man) relates the story of his life full of incredible people, coincidences, and happenings: He met many famous critical people in the world (Harry S. Truman, Kim Jong-il, WInston Churchill), he helped create the first atom bomb while serving coffee to Opperman at Los Alamos, spent 5 years in a Russian gulag before escaping to North Korea, and befriends the unknown illegitimate son of Albert Einstein and an elephant. Most of the book is the telling of the story of his previous years, though what happens after he climbs out out the window and disappears is still a part of the central story (and how he meets the elephant).
The truth is, though, that there are so many circumstances of luck and coincidence that they lose their power to charm and amuse......it becomes too predictable in its unpredictability. Like a good joke that goes too far and becomes boring, this is a little too much on the same theme. The good narration, though, helps to make it enjoyable nonetheless.
This was one of those books that I hated to see end. It is full of a delightful and ridiculous series of events and people and outcomes placed lightheartedly together. It reminded me of the Forrest Gump story where everything just works out despite all odds.
Cleverly written, refreshing and exceptionally performed. I found myself smiling throughout and flew through it without thought of passing time as I was drawn into the delightful story of the life journey of the protagonist, if you'll pardon the pun!
This is the funniest and yet heartwarming book. It's a comedy of errors that will make you laugh and feel good. There are a lot of historical information that makes the book even more interesting. A great listen.
this book was so much more than I expected, the characters were rich the story was long the ending was fantastic.
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