The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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

By Jonas Jonasson

  • Release Date: 2012-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 268 Ratings
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Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving a suitcase full of cash, a few thugs, a very friendly hot-dog stand operator, a few deaths, an elephant and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed. A life in which - remarkably - he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a charming, warm and funny novel, beautifully woven with history and politics.


  • The 100 Year old man who still has a lot of life in him.

    By Nephets1
    There are many rib-tickling moments in this book. It is endearingly like Forrest Gump on steroids. My dentist recommended the book and now I have even greater respect for my dentist. Very amusing. Unbelievably believable.
  • Jill

    By JillNn49
    Incredible read. Can't wait to discuss this with my book club. Thank you.
  • Brilliant

    By Opplevelse
    Nup that is it, just a brilliant story in the true sense of the word...
  • How extraordinary!

    By Zxorgan
    A compelling journey, entertaining, thought provoking, funny, a superb balance literary elements. Interesting style. Loved it!
  • 100 etc

    By JasonMVM
    A thoroughly enjoyable read. I can totally imagine it's a Wes Anderson film. Pretty "lite" but a great page turner with lots of laughs
  • The one hundred year old man who jumped out the window and disappeared

    By Elyagm
    A classic, fun read, let yourself go , and enjoy it!
  • The one hundred-year-old nan who climbed out of the window and disappeared

    By JazzHath
    Outstanding read. Loved every chapter. Humourous, captivating, fictional yet connects to facts. Can't wait for more books by the author.
  • The one-hundred-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared

    By Kirillyd
    Awesome book. Great mix of fact and fiction! I felt so many lives and lived so many years. Definitely on my list!
  • Brilliant

    By Nickykat
    One of the best books I've ever read. There is something in here for everyone, whether you're an intellectual, an historian or just an Einstein.
  • Good read

    By MKernas
    Enjoyable read. Flashbacks became a little tiresome but tied well in to the final conclusion. An entertaining plot which had me unable to put the book down. Recommended for a rainy day.