The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the 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.

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Das erste Buch seit Langem, dass ich nicht zu Ende gelesen habe. Es hat witzige Stellen, aber es ist zu kontruiert und langatmig geschrieben. Ich kann den Hype darum nicht verstehen. Vielleicht ringe ich mich irgendwann zu einem zweiten Versuch durch....

0 Responses posted in February


zu konstruiert, leichte, fast schon banale lektüre

0 Responses posted in January


spannend von Anfang bis zum Schluss.

0 Responses posted in January


Kurzweilige, Geschichte mit vielen netten Ideen. Mir aber zu einfach gestrickt, zu seicht: Die Konflikte lösen sich wie bei einer leichten Komödie sehr schnell und teilweise auf hanebüchene Weise auf, was es mir sehr schwer gemacht hat, mich wirklich auf die Geschichte einzulassen.

0 Responses posted in June


Wirklich schön erzählte fiktive Lebensgeschichte!

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