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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entertaining farce exceptionally well narrated.. like a farcical comediic version of forrest gump. an enjoyable listen.
"Very unpredictable. funny."
brilliant. unusal book. enjoyable. must pay attention as story goes back and forth from current time and his past life.
"A joy to listen to"
I loved this book from start to finish. Such a random but entertaining book. Great fun.
"Great story, if you're into history"
I'd recommend this book to someone who likes modern history and improving their knowledge. The story is ok but the real story is the flashbacks to the characters life.
I liked the voices and the reading, though at times it felt a little hard work.
Definitely worth a go.
"Not what I was expecting"
This book was laugh out loud funny. Loved the characters. The narrator was a joy, and I personally was a little surprised at the accents used for people who are Swedish , but they worked so well. I'm about to download other books by both author and narrator.
"A strange tale"
This story is wonderfully strange. If you fancy something a little different, try it. Beautifully read and written.
very enjoyable and well written. narrator was perfect for the job and made it a very easy listen
Brilliant book, expertly performed. The twists and tuns of the story told over 100+ years bring a dark but hilarious narrative to life. Caution - laughing out loud is not an optional extra, so be careful where you listen.
"Barmy, frothy, fun"
Really well plotted, with hilarity in every chapter, I loved reading about Allan's adventures through 20th century world history, fiction interwoven in satirical fact. Dark humour, of course. A page-turning delight, forgettable but fun.
"Quirky imaginative read"
Really liked this but as it was set in Sweden the strong English accent of the narrator threw me a little and took me out of the story sometimes...still a very enjoyable read
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