Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.
This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.
©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd
“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)
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"Better if it was at least 2 hours shorter"
I listened to the sample, read the synopsis and thought this would be a good read or rather a good listen.
The first hour or so was okay but then it became a chore to keep listening.
A couple of months later I have little recollection of this book
Only when is it going to end?
Wouldn't really recommend it unless you have insomnia
Main story is interesting but it's interspersed with long unconnected and seemingly irrelevant chapters about the old man's past that I just didn't care about.
2nd book by Jonas Jonasson read by Peter Kenny. loved it as much as the first 1. Great fun to listen to.
"A most enjoyable read"
I enjoyed this book immensely. I like the fact that the author managed to take us full circle from the main characters life from beginning to end and in the way, back to the beginning again. The humour was subtle and dry, which was enhanced by the excellent narration Peter Kenny provided. It was lighthearted, and I liked the fact that it touched on a few important periods of human history within the 20th century. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes humour, history, and a – Of adventure. It very much reminded me of "The alchemist ", it had the same sense of The meandering journey.
In my all time top 5 books. Absolutely brilliant!!!! It just got better and better....
"What a life"
wonderful plot full of twists and a surprise at every turn. Very well read throughout
"Fantastic and entertaining"
The narrator has done a well done job.
The book was extremely fun and entertaining. Really recommend it.
"Awesome feel good story"
I've given this full marks as it is such a fun, engaging, amusing and ridiculous story! I loved it. I guarantee you won't regret getting it.
Rewrites history with the protagonist meeting all kinds of famous powerful people in history in very implausible ways.
It just felt inane, just adding lame scenario after another.
It started off so well as well.
"Lighthearted read but not very believable"
The character and his adventures were amusing but a bit inconceivable. OK if you want an easy read and don't mind it being far fetched
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