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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Loved every minute of the book and it is definitely in the top five for this year.
The performance was spot on and the characters were well developed.
If the book had ended quicker and not taken so many sometimes confusing back stories with so many characters to follow, I would have rated it five star. The first several chapters are brilliant with quirky characters and intrigue. The story of a Allan Karlsonn, the 100 year old man going out the window and how he gets into trouble with the suitcase of money grabbed my attention right off. I enjoyed hearing about his early life of playing with explosives, his political ties, how he went on to meet Einstein's brother, and placing Allan in other other historical timelines, but at a little over the half point, I tired of the historical escapades. I wanted the story to go back to Allan Karlsonn of present day and end. I finally gave up on the audio book and watched the movie.
Yes. First when I thought it was brilliant, I bought a CD copy for my mother. Then after continued listening, I regretted that purchase.
Sharper wit, maybe. More dialogue? I kept losing interest in this book. Tried three times to finish, never did.
Thought his narration was pretty good
The scene where I purchased it.
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.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, novelist.
In a blending of Forest Gump meets Baron Munchausen meets Lao Tzu, mild mannered and apolitical Allan Karlsson manages to have an impact on his times, even if no one knows his name. Whether having exceptionally bad luck and hardship, or experiencing the most providential escapes, through it all he accepts whatever comes his way because, as his father pointed out, "whatever will be will be." Fatalistic acceptance forms the core of his character as he goes from one adventure to the next through a very long and very eventful life. Loads of fun.
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