The Hundred-Year-Old Man

The Hundred-Year-Old Man : Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

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It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not...Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan's earlier life in which - remarkably - he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun, feel-good book for all ages.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 121 x 197 x 30mm | 362g
  • Hesperus Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 1843913720
  • 9781843913726
  • 364

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'Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story' Aftonbladet, Sweden 'First-rate' Der Spiegel, Germany 'Swedish black comic novel that reads like a road trip with Forrest Gump at the wheel', Netherlands 'Dynamite comedy' Le Figaro, France 'Overflowing with humour' El Mundo, Spain 'Bestseller joins the Nordic invasion of Britain. Hesperus Press... is likely to show its bigger rivals how wrong they were to turn it down' The Observer, UK
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About Jonas Jonasson

Jonas Jonasson was born in Sweden in 1962. He has a professional background as a journalist and media consultant. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is his first novel which Jonasson describes as 'an intelligent, very stupid book'. He is currently working on his second.
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141,206 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 29% (41,368)
4 37% (51,800)
3 23% (32,525)
2 8% (11,328)
1 3% (4,185)

Our customer reviews

Loved this book. Very amusing and well written story with a wonderfully absurd plot that twists and turns and keeps you interested til the end. Our book club members all rated it one of the best stories we've readshow more
by vicki shelton
I read this in Swedish when it first came out, and I LOVED it! It was one of the bestsellers at the bookshop I worked in at the time. It's humorous, yet it teaches you a lot about life, and about history too. :)show more
by Claudia Silander
This was a funny book, enjoyed reading it. Perfect for a sunny weekend :)show more
by Beata Bodnar
This book was an excellent read. The story had many intriguing turns and while quite unbelievable, very amusing, this book was hard to put down. Definitely a title I would recommend others to more
by Myra Johnston
I couldn't put it down. The sotory is funny and surprising but at some points predictable. It was good and easy read, I loved it :)show more
by Loucrecia
I can't 100% put my finger on it, but I just couldn't get into this story. It had unique characters, developing plot line, humour, history, all of it... except something that made me want to stay awake. Honestly, after 30 or so pages my eyes would start closing. I have a feeling that it was the continual distancing from the characters that turned me off. For example, rather than using speech bubbles to show what a character is saying, more often than not the author described what had happened briefly and without much detail. Eg, "But Allan calmed the vicar, promising that he had a plan to solve both those problems." rather than, "Allan said, "Don't worry, I have a plan" etc etc. For this reason I always felt distanced from the character - that I was learning something the character said or did that isn't very important despite the fact it's the main storyline. I like the little details, the turns of phrase, actions and feelings. They make me interested in the character. To omit these more often than not just made me feel like I was hearing about a friend's friend who once did something of not much interest to me. I couldn't relate to them. I suppose another part of it is that half the story describes the main character's history without the suspense. He's 100 years old. He obviously survived somehow. And due to the point I made above, I frankly didn't care how he did. So ... meh. Not terrible, not brilliant. I guess this doesn't bother many people though - it is an international best seller after more
by Miss Mary
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