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.
©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 AudioGO
The main storyline was interesting, but there were far too many flashbacks to where the main character (Alan) had participated in every historical event from the creation of the atom bomb to the interception of drug money from Colombia. The story became boring as the author tried to insert his character into too many historical events. I ended up skipping many of the chapters near the end.
An enjoyable Forrest Gump like ramble through the 20th century. A 21st century crime novel with a unique weapon.
The most tedious, infuriating and pointless book I have read. Its just one event after another with no drama, consequence or risk. Its like watching a bad Sunday cartoon. Regardless of where the main protagonist ends up he will land on his feet and be all right with absolutely no character development in sight. In books like these you are meant to like the character and forgive his luck and coincidences. But Allen is no Forrest Gump, his arrogance, ignorance and lack of any sort of emotion overshadow any whimsy the book is supposed to have. Like a robot, he just decides to leave a Gulag one day, and of course, within a few paragraphs he is out. No problem. Through all the crazy situations I was screaming, begging for something, anything of consequence to happen to Allen. It doesn't.
The other wafer thin characters, like cartoons, switch from one character trait to another in an instant. Bad guys get murdered with no consequence while the good guys ride off into the sunset. Other switch sides in a sentence or two and unbelievably become good friends, forgiving everything that happened before.
The book actually starts off well with an interesting premise. But it descends into farce really quickly. The last act of the book is typical, where Allen tries to act like a 'typical' old person and rambles and meanders when giving an interview to the inspector. Its infuriating, not funny and typical of the entire book.
I cannot believe this has so many good reviews. I get that its meant to be funny but the writing style was too simple and patronising. I just hope that the humour was lost in the translation. It was an effort to finish it and I'm glad that now I can forget it.
Absolutely, the writing style, although quirky at first loses its appeal very quickly. Its one thing to have a simple writing technique but this just sounds patronising and dull. It makes all of the situations that the main character is in even more ridiculous and without drama.
The book narrator is fine, he did well with a bad plot
No, don't waste your time and money on this.
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