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
Allan Karlsson has lived a charmed life and he is in no mood to celebrate an upcoming 100 year party under the thumb of a domineering nursing home employee. So he climbs out a window and embarks on a fantastic adventure.
As this tale unfolds we are given flashbacks of his life that involve meeting several pivotal politicians of the last 100 years. Alan has a very refreshing optimism about life while disdaining the worst in politics and religion of all stripes.
It turns out that this simple sounding man had a lasting impact on our recent history and instead of sneering at this whimsical romp through the last century I found myself cheering the fantastic encounters with key people at crucial times. Alan's guileless observations and the authors modest descriptions of complicated historical events actually deliver a lot of wisdom.
Steven Crossley provides a superb voice to the 100 year old man and to the narration of this story by Jonas Jonasson. If you are looking for a delightful time with something a bit different then give this book a listen.
I found myself smiling often at the start of this comic novel, but the humor in the story was not enough to sustain me. The novel seems to alternate between present (somewhat entertaining) and past (not very entertaining to me). About a third of the way through, I decided to stop and start a book I would like better. If British humor is your thing, you might be very entertained by this novel. It just wasn't for me.
I usually listen to police procedurals (or sometimes spy novels), but felt like change and tried this. It was quite fun and interesting. Can't say it was one of my favorites, but i'm definitely glad i listened, and would do so again.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
100-yr old Alan is ornery, maybe a little dotty, you think. But cute, and funny! you are really rooting for him as he escapes the old folks' home and makes a slow walk for it to the train station, buys a ticket for as far as his pocket money will get him, and kinda--HeeHee!--takes a guy's suitcase with him as he gets on the bus.
The rest of the book is a Rube Goldberg contraption, some of it blatantly silly for laughs, some of it convoluted and surprising and funny, as it looks back in time over Alan's very interesting life. I do hesitate to compare this story to "Forrest Gump", altho it's historical time-traveling is reminiscent of that movie, lest that trivialize a really funny and well-written book. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this!
Quite a change of pace from my usual reading selections. It was apparent to me that the writing reflects a different story-telling style. The characters were a little annoying at times, but also lovable. By American standards the story was too long, but it was a journey with this band of misfits. EXCELLENT narration by Steven Crossley made the journey quite entertaining.
I thought the story was too long. There isn't a lot of plot here, mostly it's the quirkiness of the characters and the series of "accounts" that move the story.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
This is actually two stories in one--Allan's adventure once he climbs out the window to escape the hoopla of his 100th birthday and that of his life leading up to this event, told chronologically. Initially, I was a bit annoyed at the jumping back and forth and, mainly, at the story of Allan's earlier life. I felt I bought the book for the 100 year old's current adventure, not for his very political life history.
However, as the book continued, despite of my concerns, I found myself enjoying both story lines. Actually, this is a very funny book, and there were many parts that were laugh-out-loud for me. I particularly enjoyed the Einstein family members.
I finished the book feeling very positive about it. So, overall, I do recommend this as a light, entertaining, humorous read.
This is an amusing story, but satire is difficult medium to sustain for the length of a novel. The protagonist, Allan Karlsson, is a lot like Forrest Gump, with similar attributes other than being mentally retarded, bumbling into situations in which he is regarded as brilliant. The style is also similar inasmuch as it is episodic. The author alternates between the present time (2005) and earlier periods of Allan's life, and it works for a while but also gets a bit stale. One difference from Gump is Allan's capacity to drink unlimited quantities of vodka and other forms of alcohol, but that is in character with his being Swedish, I suppose. In order to appreciate this book, you need to approach it like a cartoon or comic book, totally unrealistic machinations and unbelievable coincidences. I enjoyed many of the characters but after a while, I was ready for the book to end, and it took longer to get there than I expected.
The dry detachment of the hero is instantly and utterly likeable. Many of the secondary characters -- especially the villains -- are also memorable.
Reminded me a little of Vonnegut (more so Sirens of Titan than Slaughterhouse Five) and several reviewers have commented on ties with Forest Gump. The narrator's quirky interpretations of events are very reminiscent of young hero in the Swedish film, My Life as a Dog.
Captured the tone of the book perfectly.
A really fun listen! I gave four-stars to the story only because of a few less than credible plot twists, but frankly I feel horribly pedantic for being that fussy.
Expect a cross between a Coen brothers' movie and Candide--plus a touch of Forrest Gump. It's funny, absurd, and entertaining as the 100-year-old man collects equally eccentric characters while the plot snowballs along. Enter this book as you would a fable and you won't be disappointed.
Definitely. The Narrator has done an excellent job of bringing the quirkiness to life
No other book that i have read. But, like my title says, it is very much like Forrest Gump. If you like the movie, you will like this book - although the charecters are different
Allan. I like the "..wouldnt you agree"'s :)
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