The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

100YearOldManSuggested by Anniel • 100-year-old Allan Karlsson escapes his birthday party and embarks on a hilarious and unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant.
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6 Responses to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  1. Anniel says:

    This is one of those books that is like no other in the world. I can’t even imagine a mind that works like the author’s. He’s Swedish and looks like my younger brother’s twin, so I am disposed to like him. There is a lot of profanity in certain places, which could turn me off, but I just accepted it as the price of the laughs. And the laughs just kept coming.
    The author is named Jonas Jonasson. I’m curious to see if he can top The 100 Year Old Man. Maybe.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’ve started reading the free Kindle sample of this book. The author certainly has a dry, perhaps somewhat British, sense of humor. (That’s a positive.) Not sure if I’ll buy it. But so far it is a fun and easy story to read.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’m 33% into this book. It’s been a delightful and whimsical read so far. I feel as if it’s bogged down a little in the Mao era in China (the first segment that hasn’t been very interesting) but the rest has been a fun read.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’m 67.5% into this (over 2/3rds) and it’s still a “thumbs up” but the historical thread is becoming tiresome.

    The story of this centenarian is split into the storyline of the present (where he is having a somewhat criminal but interesting adventure) and the storyline of his past (where he is on a first-name basis with Harry Truman, has met Stalin, involved himself on both sides of the Spanish Civil War, and inserted himself like Zelig into various historical events).

    The story line of the past was interesting in the early going. But now it lags and I wonder why it is even there. The only reason I can think of is to express the author’s Swedish neutrality ideology, for wherever the main character goes in his past 100-year history, his tale is one of neutrality. He sees the world as unnecessarily fussing about this or that. Why can’t they just be like him and be apathetic, amoral, and strictly utillitarian?

    And it’s not that he doesn’t have a point. But the problem with the historical story thread is that there is little point. Because it mixes this Swedish neutrality commentary in with historical people and events, you’re certainly not enlightened in any way about historical events because you can’t possibly know what is true, what is half true, and what is completely fanciful.

    The storyline set in the present is much more interesting. Here you follow this centenarian whose journey starts out simply (he escapes out the window of his rest home during his birthday party) and he weaves a whimsical and more involved story from there. One of the first things he does is steal a suitcase. He doesn’t know it’s full of drug money, but soon the gang he stole it from are joining the police (who aren’t quite sure why he’s gone missing) in a search for the centenarian who has, in the meantime, gained some confederates.

    And in this storyline set in the present is where you find the droll humor at its best.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’m 70% into this one. And rarely do I not finish a book when I’ve gone this far in, although it’s happened before. But this book has completely stalled. Regarding the back-story of the historic timeline, it’s devolved into little more than the kind of puckish socialist-friendly chirping typical of European libtards.

    And for the modern thread involving the centenarian’s dalliance with adventure, this has completely stalled and the writer is now simply repeating himself, adding very little that is new. This book just feels as if it went right off a cliff. I may trudge on a little more, but that’s the problem. It feels like a trudge.

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