The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedBook - 2012 | Trade pbk. ed.
The international publishing sensation--over two million copies sold.
A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it's not too late to start over ...
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 himselfinvolved 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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0Charlie May 08, 2013
It took me a while to finish reading this and almost gave up at one point. The book is very laid back and, although much happens over the course of the many years revealed in the story, it is very unsensational. This reflects the main character, a Swede, who enjoys drinking vodka, helping his fri... Read More »
MissAnnie Feb 26, 2013
Interesting & entertaining. A very unusual plot, lots of weird characters and a trip through the 20th century and around the world.
Cathy_Library Sep 23, 2012
-quirky and humourous; fans of "The Woefield Poultry Collective" by Susan Juby would likely enjoy this novel
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Never try to outdrink a Swede, unless you happen to be a Finn or at least a Russian.
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