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
Ok, don't get too analytical with this
Audible book. It's a little like "a 100 year old Forest Gump with a flat affect who accidentally kills a few bad guys" ...saying " oh, well...What's for dinner" afterwards
.... Just enjoy the great narration, unlikely story, and think of this outrageous romp as your hiatus from heavy, meaningful literature, a breath of snarky, but fresh air, and stop trying to decide if this is as good as your last listen.
Take it for what it is, pure, unadulterated balderdash, and lots of fun. I enjoyed every quirky, crazy, unlikely minute....
Irreverent, Intelligent without being overly intellectual, and Forrest Gump-y in the way the story weaves through major world events, Christopher Moore would be proud!
I enjoyed how Allan's interactions with various world leaders (US presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, communist leaders....) inadvertently, yet comically, created 20th century world history.
When the Sophie the elephant "sat". And when Allan and one of his friends were debating on the utility of colorful umbrellas ("no need to shield the vodka from the rain") in their drinks!
Allan, the lead character. His approach to EVERYTHING is easy-going, laid back, humorous (without trying to be), and just enjoyable!
I will definitely be looking for more books by this author!
Perhaps I'm not politically savvy enough, but this book's apparent aim at a cross between a crime novel/comedy/political satire left me shaking my head at the beginning, numbly bored by the middle, and with regret having me make a decision I despair to do ... quitting! I had to stop the read shortly after mid-way realizing that it was unlikely to get any better, and that my reading time would be better spent on a more engaging tale.
no...in fact, I'm honestly not sure what the genre was!?
The performance was fine - it was solely the content that lost my interest.
Boredom, and so disappointment. The title sounded so whimsical and entertaining...
I can't recommend this book - sorry :(
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson: Oh my! Such a whole lot of absurdity that kept me laughing until my belly hurt. Again, not my usual type book, but I don’t think I’ve enjoyed myself so much in quite a long time. Jonasson is quite the storyteller, and I think I’d like another one or two of his missives. Not too soon, though. It will be a while before my belly stops aching. 5 stars.
My only compliant is that the reader could have used the accent of the characters: Swedish. I kept forgetting that the characters weren't British, which is a shame. And rather stupid on my part.
Allan is, as the title says, 100 years old and decides that he doesn't want to spend his birthday cooped up in a nursing home (understandibly) and decides to go AWOL.
Along the way he manages to accumulate a man that happens to be killed twice (as if once was enough), make friends with an elephant, a man that is so educated he is "almost" a vet, doctor, literary expert (who knows what else), and several leaders of the free (and not-so-free) world. And, yes, the bastard brother of a very famous physicist (guess who!)
If you enjoyed this book, I would recommend Forrest Gump by Winston Groom.
This is a book that people tend to love or hate. I enjoyed it for its understated humor and many historical references. I read it as a casual, amusing tale, and definitely saw the similarity with Forrest Gump mentioned in several reviews. It was fun. Nothing profound, simply a light commentary on much of the last hundred years of world history wrapped into an engaging adventure.
What a thoroughly delightful book. It was funny, quirky and totally far-fetched and I enjoyed every minute of it. In reading some of the other reviews it has been compared to Forrest Gump and that almost made me pass on the book. I am so glad I didn't. It didn't give me a Forrest Gump feel at all.
This was on my list as a potential choice for my book club pick and I think it would be a wonderful read for any book club. Heck, I just want everyone to read it and enjoy it as much as I did.
I wish this writer would not have fallen into the trap of "profanity makes your book better."
This is a delightful story, cleverly written but the F-bombs and profanity ruined it for me. I finally had to turn it off. TOO BAD!
The way the 100 year old man keeps getting into trouble and then out again by accident.
The 100 year old man. He had a fantastic life accidentally meeting world famous characters like Truman, Stalin, Franco, etc. He invented the atomic bomb at Los Alamos even though he was a janitor, and he accidentally gave the secret to the Soviets-amazing.
The 100 year old man.
Laughed like crazy.
A fun read, a light read.
And at times funny enough to debilitate me with laughing. This book is essentially a globe trotting, Swedish, highly intelligent Forrest Gump. Numerous events in the man's past and present life are a series of inexplicable events of luck and randomness.
Not much more to say, if that is up your alley, get this book.
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