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

This title was picked out of the lucky bag by Amanda.

The plot goes as follows: It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not...Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan's earlier life in which - remarkably - he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun, feel-good book for all ages. Translated by Rod Bradbury.

Some reviews:

'Imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller' The Telegraph

'Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny... Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir' The Guardian' 

'A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing disgracefully' The Sunday Times

'We can't wait to finally escape into this feelgood tale' Stylist 

'Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story' Aftonbladet, Sweden 

'First-rate' Der Spiegel, Germany 

'Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story' Germany 'Swedish black comic novel that reads like a road trip with Forrest Gump at the wheel', Netherlands --Reviews

About the Author

Jonas Jonasson was born in Sweden in 1962. He has a professional background as a journalist and media consultant. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is his first novel which Jonasson describes as 'an intelligent, very stupid book'. He is currently working on his second.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh I cannot believe it. I now have to travel for work on Monday and cannot attend meeting :(

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This book sounds great, I will be reading it although I can't make the meetup. Next time!

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first time to join a book club! Looking forward meeting everyone...:) and I must say I'm glad I did, I'm really having a good time reading this book!

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • Cristina R

    For those of us who were lusting after Zeb...good news! From the web: Canadian author Margaret Atwood will publish MaddAddam with Nan A. Talese on September 3, 2013. The book is the third and final volume of her MaddAddam trilogy, which began with Oryx & Crake and continued with The Year of the Flood. MaddAddam follows Zeb, who originally appeared as one of “God’s Gardeners” in Oryx & Crake and became a key member of the resistance in The Year of the Flood. This book explores Zeb’s background, one element of the world that Atwood says has not been fully revealed in the earlier books.

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Natalie A.

    I am on the front cover... Cristina you're ruining it :-p

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Bethan

    I am also only on page 19 - need to speed up...

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK. I have both bough, read and enjoyed this book so am off to a good start. Just need to make it to the meeting now! Fingers crossed!

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Cristina R

    Wow, great that so many are up for this book! How are you getting on? I'm only at page 19: the old dude has just nicked the case and has arrived at some unpronounceable town.

    PS. Welcome to all new members. See you soon.

    April 3, 2013

  • Laura

    Great to meet you all on Monday- thanks for making me feel so welcome! Looking forward to the next meetup!

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a great book, had me chuckling from beginning to end. Can't wait to discuss it :)

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry I missed yesterday's book club, I didn't finish work in time. I was really sad I missed it, I'd really enjoyed the book! Looking forward to next time tho :-)

    March 26, 2013

  • Cristina R

    Some info re: the novel via its publishing house:

    March 26, 2013

  • Cristina R

    Hi Folks, nice to see you all yesterday. Interesting discussion and good post-book banter too!

    For those of you who couldn't make it to last night's meetup, the title for our next meeting is: 'The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of a Window and Disappeared' by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson. The Telegraph has said this book is an 'Imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller'. It certainly has been well received and has garnered a lot of media attention. The meeting for this book will be on Monday, 29th of April at the Great Expectations at the usual time of 7pm. New members are especially encouraged to join us!

    See you all soon. x

    2 · March 26, 2013

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