Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson




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).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

About the Author
Jonas Jonasson was born in the city of Vaxjo in southern Sweden in 1962.
Jonas first started writing when he was working as a journalist for a number of Swedish newspapers.
He subsequently went on to start his own production company. After several years in the media industry, Jonas felt the urge to do something else. That was when the character of Allan Karlsson came to him and he started to write his first novel.

Reviews

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