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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Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2012
ISBN: 9781401324643
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bradbury, Rod


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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.

Jul 20, 2017

good book

Jun 20, 2017

A fun yarn. Reminded me a bit of Candide.

May 25, 2017

An enjoyable modern saga, outlining the adventures, past and present, of a century-old man who runs away from his seniors' home on his 100th birthday. Includes real-life political figures in a way that is purposely silly but fun.

Mar 23, 2017


This its most definitely a tale. A wonderful tale worth reading, perhaps on the beach in Bali if you have the chance. Allan's view of life is that whatever happens, happens. If those things involve the avoidance of religion and politics but include a nice glass of vodka, Allan is satisfied for the most part. His knowledge of explosives and easy way with a conversation get him in and out of trouble all over the world. His key is accepting what comes and knowing when he can change it.

Honestly, I find these half-baked comparisons to Forrest Gump insulting. Gump is an imbecile motivated by love for a handful of people. The amusing thing of him meeting famous people is he doesn't know who they are. His compassion, a couple of unusual skills and a lot of dumb luck see him through but can't save him from the pain around him.

Allan on the other hand doesn't have much compassion; he just knows who he likes and what he's good at. He meets famous people because of his skills. He doesn't care who they are though because he has no respect for politics or religious movements. They are basic differences that give Allan a happy ending.

TSCPL_Miranda Feb 15, 2017

Funny, a bit absurd, and surprisingly exciting! This is the story of 100 year old man who climbs out of his window in his slippers, and ends up having one last, great adventure. As the story progresses, we learn that the thugs, elephant, and a run from the police are just the most recent chapter in an amazing life.

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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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