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Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  73,881 ratings  ·  10,493 reviews
Efter ett långt och synnerligen händelserikt liv hamnar Allan Karlsson på det äldrehem han tänker ska bli hans sista anhalt på jorden. Problemet är bara att hälsan vägrar ge vika, och en dag bär det sig inte bättre än att det är dags för honom att fylla tresiffrigt.

Pompa och ståt väntar, med kommunalråd och lokaltidning på plats. Ett spektakel så oönskat av Allan att han i
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Piratförlaget (first published 2009)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Pearl Ruled (p100)--coincidentally, the end of chapter 8!
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Rating: 1.5* of five

The Book Description: 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 healt
And the title was so promising...

Dumb. Oh so dumb. The humor, if it could be called that, is roughly on par with children's knock knock jokes. And this feeble comedy is hammered on with an incredible relentlessness over 400 pages.

Ha ha...people drink vodka! Ha ha! A man who doesn't like politics meets every important political leader over 5 decades...ha ha! Religion and politics are dumb. Guffaw guffaw.

I actively groaned more times than be counted. I suppose this title will be the darling of b
Robin Webster
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the title so sums up what the book is all about. The story is set in Sweden and is about the life and adventures of our hero Allan Karlsson who on his hundredth birthday climbed out the window of his old people’s home and disappeared. He then sets out on a journey where he steals a suitcase which turns out to contain a fortune that was paid over to a group of bikers by a Russian organized crime syndicate as payment for a drug deal. There then follows an ...more
Angela Oliver
First it was funny, then it was tedious, then it was just annoying. The name dropping, the fact that one person could have such an influence on world politics. Very farcical. I think what bugged me the most was when they convinced the police officer to join them. Everything was just too smooth, too convenient. I struggled to finish it and I cannot understand what all the hype is about. The writing style seemed off to - aside from the lack of speech marks, there was a lot of repetition and unnece ...more
If I could have read this book at school instead of dull text books 'O'level history would have been brought to life. I enjoyed the way historical figures and events were tied in with Allan's remarkable life story, I enjoyed the characters, the daftness of it all and of course what's not to love about an elephant.

My first thought upon finishing this book (and the thought will sound negative but it's really not) is that it was much longer than I thought it would be. And I say that, not negatively, because truly, how much can you expect from an 100-year-old man who climbs out of a window?

Well, Allan Karlsson is not your typical 100-year-old man, and this book will prove it to you. I read some of the reviews before I started it, and many people compared the book to the movie Forrest Gump. After finishing th
Totally bizar book :) A Forust gump kind of feeling. I've never read any kind of book like this one.
The author made me wonder many times what to expect next and often I had a smile on my face.

A bizar great fun kind of book.
This novel is absolutely insane! It destroys any image you may have of the stoic, humorless Swede. You may want to avoid reading this book in public. Your guffaws, snickers and smiles are apt to draw weird looks from folks around you.

"The 100-Year-Old Man..." was a hit when first published in Swedish and continued as a comedic smash when translated into English.

It is certainly a rewriting of history. You meet a Franco, a Truman, a Mao, a Nixon and others along the way who are nothing like the hi
A charming, sweet and often hilarious black comedy.
Enter the world of Allan Karlsson - the 100 year old explosives expert who, during his rather extraordinary century, has met some of the most influential of world leaders, stolen from a ferocious gang member whilst he was in the toilet, developed an affinity with Sonja (who doesn't often take to people - she's quite a discerning elephant) and is a very loyal and protective cat owner.
Not one for sitting quietly when it's time to do something, Al
My first impulse was to give this a one-star rating, and after about two seconds of thinking, I did exactly that. However, after a more careful revision and after re-reading a couple of passages, I decided this should get a solid two-star rating. The reason is simple: a one star rating, by my mind, is for a book I deem incomparably stupid and written by an imbecile who can't put a couple of words together to form an at least decent story. I have given one star ratings before, and after looking t ...more
David Sven
This book is in need of a better, more descriptive title than The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Seriously, it's about as imaginative as "Jonas Jonasson."

Here is a list of some alternative titles for your consideration Jonas son of himself - how about

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Went on a Killing Spree


The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Likes to Blow Stuff Up


The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of
This is the most hilarious, off-the-charts, tragicomedy-idea I have read in a long time. Probably the most outrageous bucket list in motion ever constructed as a plot. I felt a little bit psycho for sniggering where I should not. And laughing out loud made me question my own levels of emotional intelligence! But really, the book is written so bizarrely funny, I just could not help myself. Did I stop reading when I thought to rather see a shrink than continue? Of course not! The action-packed mur ...more

Let’s be honest, it’s a ridiculous title. I like ridiculous titles though, they breed curiosity at the very least (even if they do get shortened in discussion for ease and amusement – my favourite shortened title thus far is “Heartbreaking sh*tty sh*itness” – 5 points to the person who works out the full title first). So when Betty picked this for book club this month, I was at least drawn in by the title (and of course by the author’s fantastic name). And the ridiculousness of the title most d
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Jonas Jonasson’s The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. I did know that I was in the mood for a right aul giggle and this little gem of a story most certainly didn't disappoint.

Taking us on a journey through the main historical events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson has certainly lived an eventful, out of the ordinary, crazy life, meeting the top players in the political arena as he does so. Not only that,
In which we learn that only a Finn or a Russian can compete in the hard drinking stakes with a Swede.

Allan Karlsson is not looking forward to the impending celebration of his 100th birthday in the company of his fellow inmates of the care facility in which Sister Alice rules with an iron hand in an iron glove. Nor does he relish speechifying by the local mayor and the interest of reporters. In fact the whole shebang is likely to take place with nothing more refreshing to the spirit than tea, so
Lance Greenfield
As you would expect, there would have been plenty of events and adventures in the life of any centenarian. But Allan Karlsson is exceptional by any standards. You would not believe what he has been trough in his one hundred years on the planet. He has come close to meeting an early, and violent, end on many occasions, and this continues during his latest adventure which commences on his one-hundredth birthday when he climbs out of his bedroom window at the old folks' home to escape from his unwa ...more
mai ahmd
يلفت نظرك فورا العنوان الغريب والذي يبدو كأن وراءه قصة شيقة المئوي الذي هبط من النافذة واختفى ولن تعجب من العنوان حين تبدأ في قراءة الرواية .. فإن لم يقفز آلن كارلسون من النافذة فمن سيقفز إذا !

يعتبر هذا الكتاب في الشمال الأوربي طفرة في الأدب ويعتبر بسببه يوناس ظاهرة أدبية وذلك بسبب المغامرات المجنونة التي كتبها وجعلت كارلسون بطلا لديه علاقاته مع الرئيس الأمريكي ترومان و صداقة مع الزعيم ماو تسي يونغ وخيانة لستالين ، قصة مسلية لا بد إنك ستضحك هنا وهناك من تصرفات آلن ومن هذه السلسلة الغريبة من الأ
Had I never heard of this book and come across it by accident, I might have experienced it the way other readers seem to have; as a quirky adventure tale full of dark humour and entertaining historical anecdotes. Sadly, a hyped up "number 1 international bestseller" reference awakes the critical, sceptical if not cynical reader in me. It took me quite a long time to get into this book (granted, there was too much going on in the run-up to Xmas anyway), and then stick with it, and had one of my b ...more
laugh out loud-funny, and deeply sad and human in places; great relief from the Svensk-noir trend currently on the best seller lists. and if aging has you down this is a real tonic. Everyone has hit on the Forest Gump reference, but Gump meets who? the narrator in Water For Elephants and all the townspeople in Waking Ned Devine and Ballykissangel? Karlsson is an intrepid voyager thru life, with a gift for not reflecting too much. Add to that his love for vodka, his gift of gab, and know-how with ...more
Jun 09, 2014 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
Shelves: fiction
Hilarious book about a 100-year-old man who crawls out of the Nursing Home window and goes on many adventures involving, but not limited to: murder, elephants, and robbery.

The chapters about what's going on with Allan (the old man) now, at age 100, are interspersed with chapters about his many adventures in the past as an explosives expert. In his extensive worldwide travels he meets and befriends Franco, Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, Presidents Truman and Johnson, Churchill, etc. etc.

I love the bare-b
هیج وقت فکر نمی کردم کتابی که شخصیت اوّلش یه پیرمرد صد ساله است این قدر برای من جذابیت داشته باشه.بله، ریویو نوشتن برای این کتاب سخته چون آدم دلش میخواد تکتک اون جمله هایی که باهاش خندیده رو بنویسه و اون خونسردی عجیب جاری در لحن کتاب و اون ترجمۀ بسیار خوب، و اون روایت تحریف شده/ تحریف نشده از شخصیتهای تاریخی. باورم نمیشه یه سوئدی تونستهباشه همچین کتابی بنویسه، چون همیشه تو ذهنم این باور رو داشتم که سوئدیها ممکنه کشور قطب شمالی و پادشاهی و طبیعت سبز و قد بلند و موی بور و صد تا چیز دیگه داشته باشن ...more
نرگس پورمحمدیان رودسری
بعد از خوندنش فقط دو آرزو داشتم:
1- زندگی من نصف زندگی آلن هیجانانگیز باشه.
2- رهبر فعلی کره ی شمالی این کتاب رو بخونه و واکنش ش رو ببینم. :))
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

This quirky, funny and clever novel follows the present and past adventures of the endearing Swedish centenarian, Allan Karlsson. Less than an hour before his 100th birthday celebration, Allan climbs out of the ground floor window of his nursing home with no real plan other than to avoid all the fuss. Contemplating his next move at the local bus station, he is asked to mind a young man's suitcase and hoping it's contents may be useful, absconds with it on the next bus out of town. What follows i
One hour before the celebrations for his 100th birthday are to start Allan Karlsson decides that he has had enough of life in the retirement home where he lives, especially of the bossy nurse named Alice, climbs out of his window and walks of.
Allan doesn’t have a clear plan as to where he wants to go, he just wants to get away. On his slippers he slowly makes his way to the bus station. While he’s waiting for the first bus that can take him further away a young man asks him to mind a big suitcas
Lewis Weinstein
This is a silly book, but I liked it nonetheless. I have an image of a bunch of clever people sitting around a campfire. Somebody starts making up a story ... "There was this 100 year old man" ...

They go around the circle, each person making up the next incident. There are two rules. (1) Be as outlandish as you can be. (2) You must fit your new segment into all of the details of prior segments. That of course is the challenge.

After many bottles of wine, beer, gin and whatever, a perfectly delig
Mike French
Special thanks to my GR FRIENDS that recommended this book! ONE of the funniest books I have ever read and the best I have read so far in 2015!

Reminds me of a Donald Westlake novel on steroids.Do yourself a favor and read it ASAP!
Shoa Khan
‘Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be.’

This is the motto that hundred-year old Allan Karlsson has always lived by (even when he wasn't hundred years old).

The story begins on a clear morning in May, when Allan suddenly decides to climb out of the window of the old-age home he resides in and well..disappear.
This harmless plan unwittingly sets in motion a series of fortunate and unfortunate events alike.

In the meantime, we are also brought up-to-date on what our dear friend has be
B J Burton
After all the acclaim it has received I was looking forward to reading this book. The central character has gone through his life with three objectives: to drink vodka, and never to get involved in politics or religion. The book follows two threads: his adventures after climbing out of a window to avoid his 100th birthday party in the old people’s home where he lives, and flashbacks to incidents in his long life - incidents where he is ludicrously implanted into many of the major events of 20th ...more
Изминалият 20-и век бе един много щур и изпълнен със събития период. Век, в който властваха десетки крайни идеологии като фашизъм, комунизъм, религиозен фанатизъм, съпътствани от икономическия империализъм и медийната пропаганда. Век, в който човечеството преживя две световни войни, множество кървави революции и строежи/падания на стени. Столетие, в което хората стигнаха луната, измислиха атомната бомба и дадоха старт на компютърната ера....Въобще, щури времена.

"Стогодишният старец..." представ
Ben benieuwd of de Boeddha-beelden nog langskomen op z'n oude dag...Als je op zoek bent naar een leuk boek voor tussendoor, raad ik je van harte Jonas Jonassons 100 jarige man aan. Ik kreeg het voor m'n verjaardag van mijn IRL-leesgroep: dank, meiden!

Het verhaal
Allan Karlsson wordt in mei 2005 100 jaar. Een kwartier voordat hij opgehaald zal worden door de leiding van het bejaardenhuis waar hij woont, besluit hij niet mee te doen aan de feestelijkheden: hij stapt uit het raam en loopt (schuifelt
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After a long career as a journalist, media consultant and television producer, Jonas Jonasson decided to start a new life. He wrote a manuscript, he sold all his possessions in Sweden and moved to a small town by Lake Lugano in Switzerland, only a few meters from the Italian border.

The manuscript became a novel. The novel became a phenomenon in Sweden, and now it is about to reach the rest of the
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