The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Book - 2012
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"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 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 alcohol consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey. 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, he has actually played a key role in them...."--Publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, 2012
ISBN: 9781443419109
Branch Call Number: FIC JONAS J


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BPLpicks May 21, 2015

A very entertaining trip through history. Witty and maybe a bit ridiculous but well worth reading.

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Jun 29, 2019

An amusing yarn of a man who, in his earlier years, might have been Harry Flashman, Junior (although somewhat more feckless than the George MacDonald Fraser character). In his old age, his improbable Flashman-like ventures continue.

May 28, 2019

Humorous with that wry Swedish touch. The story draws you in and the alternating chapters on Alan's life are woven together well and seamlessly. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommend.

Apr 11, 2019

Funny if not a bit hard to swallow. Just go along for the ride!

Jan 11, 2019

Many good one-liner jokes, especially at the end, but the story becomes tedious. The story replaces Forest Gump with a 100 year old Swede.

Jan 06, 2019

So funny! Great book!

SnoIsleLib_CraigB Nov 10, 2018

Quirky characters and upbeat social satire combine to deliver a saga reminiscent of Forrest Gump or The World According to Garp.

Oct 08, 2018

I enjoyed this light-hearted book even though I usually dislike alternating chapters with flashbacks to the character's past. Most likely, just as the description of the character's life becomes interesting, I have to shift to the description of another time period and series of events in the character's life. However, in this book the flashbacks - each with a date so that the reader knows what time period is being represented - add pizzazz to the narrative because of the adventure that then is described. The main character - the 100 year old man - is connected to or immersed by chance in most of the major events of the 20th Century in Europe and Asia. Each adventure contains an aspect of world history. The way the 100 year old man is connected to that event gives the reader something to chuckle about. Usually that connection has to do with the character's skill with explosives. There were some memorable conclusions the character makes too. For example, his observation about wars - why kill people when they will all eventually die anyway. Also, his remark about leaders of nations - "right was not necessarily right, but rather what the person in charge said was right". By the end of the book, the 100 year old man, his mates, and the police are all reconciled. The mystery of the corpses is solved; everyone shares in the contents of the suitcase thus making friends of enemies and allowing the 100 year old man to again have further adventures. This book is similar in vein to the "Little Old Lady" series also written by a Swede.

Jun 05, 2018

The further adventures of a 100 year old man. He's had a lifetime of escaping police and meeting famous men. Totally improbable but wonderful just the same.

caravan Sep 19, 2017

This is a fairly witty and fun read. I especially enjoyed the satirical descriptions of world leaders and key historical events.

Aug 22, 2017

Love this book so much! If you at all a history buff, you will love the way that the author weaves the main character in and out of so many moments in world history. It's a super fun read for those with a sense of humor and a basic knowledge of world history.

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Aug 22, 2015

Never try to outdrink a Swede, unless you happen to be a Finn or at least a Russian.

Jun 26, 2015

Well, that went well.


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Aug 22, 2015

Other: This book contains quite a lot of drinking.


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